Booting Up: 63 Tech Companies are Publishing a Letter Calling for More NSA Transparency

More people prefer him. (Photo: Netflix)

Several dozen tech companies, including Google, Apple and Facebook, are jointly publishing a letter calling on the NSA to be more transparent. [AllThingsD]

Verizon’s raked in $30 billion in revenue and added 1 million in new subscribers in the second quarter if you were worried about them. [USA Today]

Ouya is embarking on a new $1 million Kickstarter campaign. The Android-powered gaming console will match donations between $50,000 and $250,000 but developers who accept the money must make their games exclusive to Ouya for six months. [The Verge]

Lonely Planet is laying off several employees across the world and shifting its digital offices from Melbourne, Australia to bucolic Nashville. [Skift]

More people are supposedly watching old television series, like Mad Men, than Netflix’s original programs such as House of Cards.  [Wall Street Journal]


Booting Up: iOS 7 Lets Users Take Screenshots on Snapchat Without Telling Anyone


A European court ruled that Google must respect its privacy laws but doesn’t have to delete user information on its search engine since that’s kind of…difficult. [Reuters]

There’s a nightmare scenario in iOS 7: The process of taking screenshots has changed, so Snapchat users might no longer be warned that their sexts were captured. At least you can still take screenshots *cough Android cough* [MacRumors]

OUYA, the $100 crowdfunded gaming console, hits retailers today and it’s already sold out on Amazon. [Engadget]

One analyst predicted that Google+ will overtake Facebook by 2016, which prompted another analyst to call him “idiotic.” [MarketWatch]

Branch cofounders are launching a social networking site revolving around sharing links today. It’s called Potluck. [Verge]


Booting Up: The Blog Who Cried Facebook Phone

Shalom Ouya! (Photo:

How taxing: New York’s highest court ruled yesterday that out-of-state online retailers have to charge New York state tax on customers. [CNet]

Everybody (read: tech journalists) is VERY excited for Facebook’s upcoming announcement about its “new home on Android,” which will presumably feature huge walk-in closets, updated kitchen appliances, and a spacious backyard. Or maybe Read More