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“We the People” petition calls for Snowden pardon: A ”We the People” petition on the White House Web site is calling for the government to pardon Edward Snowden, who identified himself as the source of leaks detailing a National Security Administration program that receives consumer data taken from major technology firms.

The petition, created June 9, has nearly 18,000 signatures and counting, though is far shy of the 100,000 threshold required to trigger a response from the White House.

Snowden, who spoke to The Washington Post and the British Guardian, identified himself as the source of the leaks over the weekend, and told The Post that he is ready to face the consequences of revealing his identity.

Some lawmakers earlier said that they believe that the source of the leaks should be prosecuted.

Apple introduces new operating system: Apple is holding its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, where it is announcing several new developments, including a new operating system, OS X Mavericks.

The company is dropping its big-cat naming scheme in favor of pulling place names from California, senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federhigi said during a keynote presentation.

The new system has features meant to extend battery life and make the system perform better on laptops.

Apple said the system will be available to consumers in the fall.

More than one-third of Americans adults have tablets: Tablet adoption is on the rise — nearly doubling in the past year alone. The devices are now in the hands of just over one in three Americans, according to a study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Last year, about 18 percent of American adults ages 18 and older owned a tablet. Just three years ago, the study noted, only 3 percent of Americans had opted for a tablet, which most used as an intermediate device between their smartphones and their laptops or desktops.

The center, which recently reported that for the first time a majority of Americans own a smartphone, said Monday that a majority of households earning at least $75,000 per year own a tablet computer such as an iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus or Kindle Fire.

Justice Department approves Sprint-Softbank deal: The Department of Justice has cleared the deal between Sprint and the Japanese-based mobile carrier Softbank, allowing the proposal to jump another hurdle in the U.S. approval system. The DOJ, including the FBI, said Friday that it is withdrawing its January request to the Federal Communications Commission to delay its review of the proposal while DOJ conducts its own.

The official action follows last week’s decision from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’ that the deal did not pose a threat to national security.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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