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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider: FRED WILSON Q&A: The Legendary Investor Talks Retirement, Tumblr's Exit, And Getting Over A Tough Year  —  It took Fred Wilson 10 years to become what he calls a “half-way decent” venture capitalist.  It took him 20 to become a startup legend.  —  Lately, rumors have swirled that the Zynga …

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Washington Post: Google, once disdainful of lobbying, now a master of Washington influence  —  In May 2012, the law school at George Mason University hosted a forum billed as a “vibrant discussion” about Internet search competition.  Many of the major players in the field were there — regulators …

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Jeff Bezos is making payments a top area of focus and investment at Amazon  —  Jeff Bezos to Amazon Payments Team: Move Faster  —  The payments industry has been waiting for years for Amazon, with its 215 million credit cards on file, to flex its muscles.  Apparently, CEO Jeff Bezos has been, too.

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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom: “Brightest Flashlight” Android app disclosed location of 50 million people, but FTC imposes no fine  —  Even judging by the low standards of creepy data-mining apps, “Brightest Flashlight” did something pretty egregious.  The free app, which was installed by at least 50 million Android users …

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Kyle Russell / Business Insider: A BI reporter whose Google Glass was stolen off his face in SF reflects on the tech protests  —  I Was Assaulted For Wearing Google Glass In The Wrong Part Of San Francisco  —  On Friday night, I was assaulted while walking down the sidewalk in the Mission District of San Francisco.

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Julian Sanchez / Guardian: Even if the NSA first learned about Heartbleed this April, it could use the bug to decrypt data retained prior to that  —  The NSA's Heartbleed problem is the problem with the NSA  —  What the agency's denial isn't telling you: it didn't even need know about the bug to vacuum your privacy and store it indefinitely

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Zenon Evans / Hit & Run: Let Me Google That For You Act aims to close federal agency selling copies of freely downloadable documents  —  Sen. Coburn: Replace National Technology Information Service with Google and Save Millions  —  The National Technology Information Service (NTIS) will sell you a paper copy …

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Federico Viticci / MacStories: Reeder 2 for Mac Public Beta Now Available  —  Nine months after being pulled from the Mac App Store following the Google Reader shutdown, Reeder for Mac, Silvio Rizzi's popular desktop RSS client, is back with a public beta that offers a glimpse at the app's new service integrations …

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David E. Sanger / New York Times: Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — Stepping into a heated debate within the nation's intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances …

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David E. Sanger / New York Times: Obama Lets N.S.A. Exploit Some Internet Flaws, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — Stepping into a heated debate within the nation's intelligence agencies, President Obama has decided that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should — in most circumstances …

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Shara Tibken / CNET: Google's Android VP of engineering testifies for Samsung, says iPhone features weren't copied  —  Google exec: We never copied iPhone features for Android  —  Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google VP of engineering for Android, takes the stand for Samsung in its patent infringement trial against Apple.

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Megan Geuss / Ars Technica: Private crypto keys are accessible to Heartbleed hackers, new data shows  —  Four people have been able to see server keys and certificates in a test.  —  Contrary to previous suspicions, it is possible for hackers exploiting the catastrophic vulnerability dubbed Heartbleed to extract …

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Hunter Walk: Gil Penchina interviewed on plans for his leaderboard-topping $3.3M AngelList syndicate  —  Gil Penchina's Army: How AngelList's Largest Syndicate Plans to Lead A Rounds, Hire An Associate & Keep VCs Honest  —  Gil Penchina doesn't appear in TechCrunch or Valleywag often.  He tweets infrequently.

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Fulya Ozerkan / Agence France-Presse: Turkey PM threatens to ‘go after’ Twitter for tax evasion  —  Ankara (AFP) - Turkey's prime minister said Saturday he will “go after” Twitter, accusing the site of tax-evasion, after it was used to spread damaging leaks implicating his inner circle in corruption claims.

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Cam Simpson / Businessweek: Samsung facing more scrutiny in South Korea over its cancer-stricken semiconductor workers  —  Samsung's War at Home  —  Just inside his single-story home, built of concrete blocks and coated in turquoise paint, Hwang Sang-ki, a 58-year-old Korean taxi driver, sits on a floor mat.

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San Francisco Chronicle: Salesforce leasing half of planned 61-story Transbay Tower, tallest in SF after 2017 opening  —  Salesforce makes landmark deal to lease half of Transbay Tower  —  Salesforce.com will lease half of the planned Transbay Tower in a landmark real estate deal that puts San Francisco's largest …

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The Boston Globe: Massachusetts governor unveils sweeping legislation to eliminate noncompetes for tech workers  —  Patrick looks to eliminate tech noncompete agreements  —  Governor Deval Patrick on Thursday will propose sweeping legislation to make it easier for workers in technology, life sciences …

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Boris Jabes / Meldium: Agents that fetch URLs are vulnerable to “reverse” Heartbleed exploits, warns Meldium dev team  —  Testing for “reverse” Heartbleed  —  While patching our systems for the recent Heartbleed vulnerability, we found that some sites (including huge web properties) …

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Paul Mutton / Netcraft: Only 30K of the 500K+ SSL certificates affected by the Heartbleed bug have yet been reissued  —  Heartbleed certificate revocation tsunami yet to arrive  —  Only 30,000 of the 500,000+ SSL certificates affected by the Heartbleed bug have been reissued up until today, and even fewer certificates have been revoked.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft OS chief Myerson talks turkey on transparency, cadence and cross platform  —  Summary: Microsoft Executive Vice President of operating systems Terry Myerson talks about Windows' value proposition for the a more cross-platform-committed Microsoft.  —  Microsoft Executive Vice President …

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Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom: PayPal releases mobile payment app for the Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint reader  —  With the Samsung Galaxy S5 now available, PayPal is making good on its promise to use the handset's fingerprint reader.  The company released mobile apps specifically for the Galaxy S5 and Samsung's latest wearables on Friday.

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: DreamWorks submitted a bid to Vevo's owners this week to buy part of the company  —  DreamWorks Animation Wants a Piece of Vevo, the Music Video Giant  —  DreamWorks Animation, which has been looking to expand its business beyond animated movies, is looking at Vevo, the online music video service.

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Joshua Brustein / Businessweek: Staples begins offering in-store 3D printing services in US, starting in LA and NY  —  Staples Wants to Bring 3D Printing to the Masses  —  Staples has been selling 3D printers for about a year.  Now it wants to begin selling access to them.  —  The office supply retailer began offering …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft experiments with making Windows Live Tiles interactive  —  Summary: Microsoft researchers are looking at ways to allow Windows 8, Windows Phone and Xbox users able to interact directly with Live Tiles.  —  Microsoft researchers in Asia are experimenting with the usefulness …

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Re/code: Amazon is wooing app developers for upcoming smartphone with money, Amazon Web Services, more  —  Amazon's Hard Sell: Gaining Developers for Its Coming Smartphones  —  As Amazon prepares for the launch of its first smartphones, the company faces a daunting task: Ensuring that the devices …

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