Prismatic Social News App Overhauls for a Better Personal Interest Graph

It’s yet another social news app, but perhaps a smarter one.

N3twork Wants to Reshape Online Discussions Around Interests

It’s all about the hashtag.
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The Heartwarming Adventures of #SFBatkid and the Thrill of the Hunt for Carmen Sandiego

When done well, blending fiction with reality is one of those things that makes social media worth all the hype.

U.S. Opposes Tech Companies’ Requests to Disclose Surveillance

The U.S. Department of Justice is formally opposing requests by technology companies to disclose more information about secret surveillance requests.

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Tech Firms Rally, Expecting Justice Department to Oppose Transparency Requests

Apple, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Mozilla, Reddit, Tumblr, Twitter, Yahoo and other tech companies today sent a letter to the heads of the U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees in support of proposed legislation that would allow them to publish statistics about secret national security surveillance orders. The Center for Democracy & Technology, which organized the group, said the letter was timed to coincide with the U.S. Justice Department’s filing of a brief with the FISA court today opposing many of those companies’ requests to disclose information about when it asks them for user data. Reinvents Itself (Sort of) as a Social Network for Social Good

“Just getting a million people to sign a petition is not how change happens,” says CEO Matt Mahan. How about getting them to join a social network?
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AllThingsD in the Media: New iPhones, Twitter IPO, NSA Surveillance

Walt Mossberg reports live from Apple headquarters, Mike Isaac delves into Twitter’s cryptic IPO announcement, and Arik Hesseldahl decodes tech CEOs talking NSA.

Greylock Partners Raises Another Billion Dollars

Greylock Partners says it didn’t have any trouble scraping together its 14th fund.

I’m So Over Oversharing: On Making Our Digital Lives More Real

The next generation of sharing apps could bring a bit more authenticity than the last. We can only hope.

San Francisco May Crack Down on Corporate Shuttle Buses (Update)

San Francisco wants tech employee shuttle buses, which have become a symbol of elitism for many residents, to be a little more considerate.
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Tech Companies Want Warrants for User Data Access

Google Formally Petitions to Publish Statistics on FISA Requests

NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Says Tech PRISM Denials Were “Misleading”

Can Google Reroute Around Regulatory Concerns About Waze Buy?

Android and Chrome Head Sundar Pichai: The Full D11 Interview (Video)

Airbnb Now Wants to Check Your Government ID

Product Dude Prashant Fuloria Lands at Flurry After Google and Facebook

WhatsApp: We’re Not Selling to Google

Yahoo Deal Is the Latest Example of Dropbox Flexing Its Muscles