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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. Salesforce.com 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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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus