1. My latest for TIME: Smartphones are increasingly being used as an access point for people who don’t have a home broadband connection, per Pew’s latest data.

     

  2. My friends over at Circa have built one of my very favorite iPhone apps for reading and following the news. They’re now looking for Android users to sign up for a beta, so if you’re of the Android persuasion please do get on that.

     

  3. My take on why Lavabit decided to shut down.

     

  4. There are still plenty of unanswered questions to which we deserve answers, but PRISM is looking much less awful now than it was a few days ago.

     

  5. The New York Times sheds some more light on PRISM here. Two key points:

    1) All the technology companies specifically denied giving the NSA “direct access” to their servers. As many began to suspect, the methods discussed in this report don’t involve “direct access,” but they certainly involve “access.”

    2) Tech companies might be denying PRISM because the employees with knowledge of the program are barred from speaking about it.

     

  6. "

    The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.

    The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.

    The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.

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    "NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily," The Guardian

    This is a very, very big deal and should concern any American citizens interested at all in their privacy or civil liberties.

     
  7. PSA from your friends at Mashable: Don’t Be a Glasshole.

     
     

  8. "

    A new bill making it legal to unlock your cellphone or other mobile device has arrived in the House of Representatives.

    The Unlocking Technology Act of 2013 would also make it legal to circumvent digital rights management (DRM) locks to use protected content in a way that doesn’t violate copyright law and to develop and sell cellphone unlocking software.

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    — "New Bill Legalizing Cellphone Unlocking Introduced in House," Mashable
     
  9. An important, well-produced story on the Homeless of Silicon Valley. Very much worth the six-minute watch.

     
     

  10. "Gary G. Howell, a Republican member of the West Virginia legislature, has introduced a bill that would amend a state law forbidding texting-while-driving to also prohibit “using a wearable computer with head mounted display.” That language is aimed pretty much right at Google Glass."
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    "Google Glass Could Be Subject to Texting-While-Driving Laws," Mashable

    It’s not hard, though, to see Google Glass-style tech providing an “enhanced driving” safety-boosting experience sometime in the future.