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Zynga Layoffs and the NSA on Your Phone — 10 Things You Need to See on AllThingsD This Week

big_brotherIn case you missed anything, here’s a quick roundup of the news that powered AllThingsD this week:

  1. Zynga to Lay Off 520 Employees — 18 Percent of Staff — and Shutter New York and L.A. Offices in Refocus on Mobile
  2. What the NSA Wants to Know About You and Your Phone
  3. Makes Its Biggest Acquisition Yet, Buys ExactTarget for $2.5 Billion
  4. Microsoft Ponders Major Restructuring, Amid Renewed Wall Street Focus on Stock
  5. Apple Will Appeal ITC Import Ban on Older iPhones, iPads
  6. Inside Dell’s Scorched-Earth PC and Server Price-War Plan
  7. Apple Signs Sony Up for iRadio, Now Has All Three Major Music Labels on Board
  8. The CIA Invests in Narrative Science and Its Automated Writers
  9. Windows 8 Hits the Small Screen as It Arrives on Eight-Inch Acer Tablet
  10. Checking Into Foursquare? Yahoo’s CFO Talks About Next Mobile M&A — Including Importance of “Localization.”

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work