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Tech Giants Call For “Clear, Strong And Effective End” To NSA’s Phone Metadata Surveillance

Originally posted on TechCrunch:
As expected, technology companies, tech trade groups and privacy organizations sent a letter today to the President Barack Obama, various members of Congress, and governmental security officials, urging reform of the U.S. government’s surveillance practices. Tech companies represented by groups that signed the letter include Microsoft, Dropbox, Facebook, Apple and Google. Other…

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Tech Bubble? Maybe, Maybe Not

Originally posted on TechCrunch:
Editor’s note: Bill Maris is president and managing partner at Google Ventures. I’ve heard people wonder if we’re in a bubble with regard to startups. Is it as bad as the 2000 dot-com bubble? Might it actually be worse? I thought it would be worthwhile to look at the available data…