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July 6, 2015, 4:20 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
SEC investigating improper selling of private tech stocks including employee-owned shares  —  Regulators Probe Marketing of Hot Private Tech Shares  —  Trading of such shares has boomed in recent months  —  Securities regulators have launched a broad investigation into whether hedge funds …
The Intercept:
New documents show XKEYSCORE, NSA's Google-like tool, collects more data than previously reported including web searches and router configuration information  —  XKEYSCORE: NSA's Google for the World's Private Communications  —  Illustrations by Blue Delliquanti and David Axe for The Intercept
Steve Ragan / CSO Online:
Hacking Team, which sells intrusion and surveillance tools to governments, breached; attackers release 400GB of internal documents, source code, and emails  —  Hacking Team hacked, attackers claim 400GB in dumped data  —  Firm made famous for helping governments spy on their citizens left exposed
Kevin Fitchard / Fortune:
The economics of inflight Wi-Fi: why prices and speeds vary so widely  —  The crazy economics of inflight Wi-Fi  —  It's summer time, and that means millions of Americans will soon make their way to airports across the country.  An amenity featured on more and more flights these days …
Tweets: @gigastacey and @kfitchard
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Microsoft's ad business withered because it tried to beat Google in search, overspent on aQuantive, and had warring factions in its organization  —  Autopsy: Why Microsoft's ad business withered  —  On Tuesday, Microsoft said that it was handing over its ad sales business to AOL …
Tweets: @mattrosoff
Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider:
Why YouTube's recommendation algorithm began prioritizing watch time instead of views in 2012  —  The ‘terrifying’ moment in 2012 when YouTube changed its entire philosophy  —  Although there wasn't any Roman-style backstabbing, YouTubers will remember the Ides of March 2012 as a traumatic day in the company's history.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Some key differences between Facebook's and YouTube's revenue sharing plans for video creators  —  How Facebook's New Video Business Stacks Up Against YouTube  —  Facebook is stepping on YouTube's turf.  —  On Wednesday the social network announced it will start sharing ad revenue with some of its most popular video creators.
Nolan Lawson / Read the Tea Leaves:
Apple is falling behind other browser makers in implementing web standards in Safari  —  Safari is the new IE  —  Last weekend I attended EdgeConf, a conference populated by many of the leading lights in the web industry.  It featured panel talks and breakout sessions with a focus …
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Nearly all major subreddits are set to public again after going private in protest  —  Nearly all major subreddits are back online following Reddit protests  —  Just a day after a massive revolt tore down parts of Reddit, the site now appears to be mostly back to normal.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:

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