Weekend Reading — The Latest Open Government Plan (Post-Edward Snowden)

Sunshine is the best disinfectant. As it turns out, we might need something a little stronger these days.
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Requests for Google User Account Info by Governments Are on the Rise

Requests worldwide have nearly doubled since 2010, data shows.
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Facebook, Google, Yahoo Push FISA Courts for More Data-Disclosure Transparency

More Valley prodding of Capitol Hill on issues of privacy and data requests.
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AllThingsD’s Week in Review: New iPhones, Microsoft’s Q4 and the Fitbit-Jawbone Showdown

The week in AllThingsD, in one convenient post. You’re welcome!
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Google Formally Petitions to Publish Statistics on FISA Requests

The company says it hasn’t been able to accurately defend itself from PRISM news reports.
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PRISM Picture

We would welcome the opportunity to provide a transparency report that allows us to share with those who use Facebook around the world a complete picture of the government requests we receive, and how we respond.

Ted Ullyot, a lawyer for Facebook, in an email about releasing information about PRISM data requests to the public

Mayer’s 10X Challenge: Yahoo’s Homepage, Mail and Search Traffic Show Significant Year-Over-Year Declines

The reality of traffic falloffs on key properties is a vexing issue.
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Yahoo Gets Googley Q&A Tool at Friday FYI and Uses It to Ask About Exec Accountability and Leaks

Here’s my question for Mayer’s new query machine: When do I get my free lunch?
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FTC’s Jon Leibowitz Takes Your Privacy Very Seriously: The Full D10 Interview (Video)

A top government regulator talks “privacy by design.”
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Exclusive: Yahoo Director in Charge of Botched CEO Vetting to Step Down From Board

CSLie has claimed its first victim, although the mystery is still unsolved.
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ISS Calls for Apple CEO Succession Plan

BoomTown as Judge Judy, Um, Judge BigApps