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July 7, 2013, 2:00 PM

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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A.  —  WASHINGTON — In more than a dozen classified rulings, the nation's surveillance court has created a secret body of law giving the National Security Agency the power to amass vast collections of data on Americans while pursuing not only terrorism suspects …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Quietly Shuts Down MSN TV, Once Known as WebTV  —  Microsoft said that its MSN TV service will be closing down at the end of September, in a post on its Web site and in an email to users.  —  MSN TV, of course, was born of WebTV, which was thought up by well-known entrepreneur Steve Perlman.
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Samsung Cuts Its Forecast as Sales Growth Slows for Its Costliest Smartphones  —  Samsung Electronics may be having the same problem Apple has: nearly everyone in the world who can afford an expensive smartphone has one already.  —  Samsung, the largest maker of consumer electronics …
Emily Chung / CBC News:
Ultrafast internet service launched by Vancouver start-up  —  OneGigabit to offer Google Fiber-like internet speeds for $45 to $65 a month  —  A new Vancouver-based internet provider says it will be offering fibre internet at a speed of one gigabit per second — 60 times faster than the Canadian average …
Chris O'Brien / Los Angeles Times:
Bitcoin community reacts to Winklevoss public offering plans  —  Tyler Winkelvoss, left, and his twin, Cameron Winklevoss, want to give investors a piece of the Bitcoin virtual currency.  (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times / February 9, 2010)  —  The Winklevoss twins earlier this week confirmed plans …
Andy / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Hits 25 Million Google Takedowns, Web Blocking Making Things Worse  —  Back in May the RIAA reached a historic milestone in its quest to remove copyright-infringing links from the Internet.  —  The music industry group asked Google to remove the 20 millionth URL from its indexes …
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Alleged ‘budget’ iPhone revealed in photos and video by company selling Android knock-offs  —  Photos and video of what's purported to be the new low-cost iPhone popped up online overnight, possibly giving us the closest look yet at Apple's newest device.  The images even look identical …
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Almost every major consumer electronics manufacturer is now working on a smart watch  —  Something about the ailing PC industry, competition among makers of smartphones and the endless quest for the next big thing has nearly every major consumer electronics manufacturer working on a smart watch or at least contemplating it.
Jonathan Watts / Guardian:
Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia offer asylum to Edward Snowden  —  President Maduro offers to protect NSA whistleblower ‘from persecution by the empire’ and rejects US extradition request  —  Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua have offered asylum to Edward Snowden, the US whistleblower …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
HTC One Android 4.2 update kills the awful menu bar, adds Instagram to BlinkFeed  —  The long-awaited Android 4.2 update for the HTC One has been slowing making its way around the world over the past week or so, but thanks to Android Central, we now have a good look at what's on tap in it.

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