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Booting Up: The NSA Spied on Gamers Because Teen Smack-Talking Is Integral to National Security

Man with the plan. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Man with the plan. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Giant tech companies including LinkedIn, Google, Facebook and others are banning together to create a “Reform Government Surveillance” group. “We strongly believe that current laws and practices need to be reformed,” they explained. [VentureBeat]

Bitcoin’s value plummeted over the weekend after China started cracking down on the use of the digital currency. [PC World]

Netflix is quietly transforming from a streaming company to a full-fledged network that could soon take on the biggies. [New Republic]

The NSA reportedly spied on video game platforms like Xbox Live and probably heard (or saw) a lot of things they wish they didn’t. [Guardian]

Some of the city’s new cabs include USB outlets, panoramic windows and customized climate control so you can drive like a freakin’ Rockefeller. [Gothamist]

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