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Facebook, Microsoft disclose FISA requests, sort of

Both Facebook and Microsoft asked for and received permission to disclose FISA and other government requests for information following the Prism scandal.

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Amazon quietly launches complete 3D printing store

Amazon’s new 3D printing section is a one-stop shop for used and new printers such as the MakerBot Replicator 2, plastic filament to stock up your machine, books, software, and various parts and supplies.

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Yahoo moves to bolster Flickr on phones, acquires photo app developer

Yahoo moved to strengthen the mobile portion of its revamped Flickr photo sharing service, acquiring the developer behind a popular photo editing app.

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Bing increases bird's-eye data significantly in update to Bing Maps

Microsoft's Bing increased the amount of "bird's-eye" imagery to Bing Maps by nearly half, but you still can't use it within the Windows 8 app.

Yahoo spruces up its search results display

Changes at Yahoo keep on coming; this time there's a new look for Yahoo Search.

Bing-powered Siri joins Microsoft's anti-Google allies

Apple joins Facebook and Yahoo on Microsoft's side of the search-engine wars, but Bing's role as a backstop might still work to its disadvantage.

Yandex gains ground with interactive snippets in search results

Yandex wants to use Open Graph and Schema.org to introduce something similar to Twitter deep linking, which allows users to access mobile apps from inside a tweet.

Why isn't Twitter part of the NSA Prism snooping program?

A recent government leak revealed the existence of a vast government data mining operation that included the participation of nearly all the top Web companies, with the exception of one: Twitter. Why did the powerful micro-blogging platform find itself not included in the program?

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How to protect your PC from Prism surveillance

You have the right to be secure in your electronic communications. Here are a few tips on how to do it.

Warner Bros. fines file-sharers, even without six strikes

The six strike antipiracy measures have taken effect, although not all ISPs are playing, and apparently at least one entertainment company is practicing a variation on the policy.

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Amsterdam to allow occasional Airbnb vacation rentals

Amsterdam authorities have conceded that people may rent out their rooms and houses on Airbnb as long as they don't do it all the time and abide by certain rules, the city government said on Friday.

Facebook aims to simplify advertising for marketers

Facebook is gearing up for a new project to simplify its advertising platform, making it easier for marketers to decide how to place ads across the site.

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Japan's Rakuten continues Amazon pursuit, will buy US logistics firm

Rakuten, Japan's largest online retailer, is acquiring a U.S. logistics firm as it continues to build out its infrastructure to compete with foreign rivals like Amazon.com.

Amazon.com sets up portal in India, will only service other retailers

Amazon.com has set up a website with its brand in India, but will not be selling on the site.

SkyDrive, Complex team up for digital magazine distribution

If online distribution of digital editions is the future of magazines, you'll need someplace to host the files. Microsoft's SkyDrive has volunteered.