10 Things You Need To Know This Morning

1984Big Brother, from the 1984 film version of 1984Good morning. News:

  • The Washington Post reported last night that there is a secret government program called PRISM, which allows the NSA to collect data directly from the central servers of Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple
  • But then, almost all those companies immediately denied knowledge of PRISM, and said no one at the NSA has direct access to their servers.
  • Later, the Washington Post distanced itself from the claim that the companies “participate knowingly” in the program.
  • Director of National Intelligence James Clapper responded to the controversy, saying the program is not for spying on Americans.
  • Meanwhile…Samsung’s market cap shrank by $12 billion over pessimism about its smartphone business.
  • Google CEO Larry Page thinks people won’t mind when others wear Google Glass into the bathroom.
  • Uber is lowering its prices.
  • TidyTilt, a startup funded by Kickstarter that designed a really cool cover for iPhones, has been acquired by Logitech.
  • Scientists say we’re closer to actually making invisibility cloaks than you think.
  • Facebook is reducing the types of ad units it sells by half.

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