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September 12, 2013

Mark Zuckerberg will be meeting with top House Republicans Thursday. (Robert Galbraith/Reuters)

NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans' data with Israel. A leaked, undated NSA memo "shows the U.S. government handed over intercepted communications likely to contain phone calls and emails of American citizens" to Israeli intelligence officials, the Guardian reports. "The agreement places no legally binding limits on the use of the data by the Israelis."

AT&T just bought $1.9 billion worth of Verizon's spectrum. "This upgrade will improve service for some 42 million people in 18 states thanks to an additional 39 700MHz licenses," according to Gizmodo. "This bodes well for AT&T's ambition to offer 4G LTE to 270 million people by the end of the year."

Lavabit's owner appeals secret surveillance order that led him to shutter site. Ladar Levison, who shut down his secure email service in the face of government pressure, has filed documents to challenge the court order, Wired reports. "But the details of the case were immediately placed under seal in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, records show."

Mark Zuckerberg to meet with top four House Republicans. The Facebook founder's Washington visit will include meetings with House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and other members of the congressional leadership team, Politico reports. "The meeting is expected to be a broad discussion of issues related to Facebook, according to a GOP aide. While immigration may come up, the meeting is not specifically to discuss comprehensive reform, which Zuckerberg has advocated for, the aide said."

RIAA says in copyright suit that Sirius XM doesn't pay for classic hits. The music industry's trade group charges that while federal copyright law doesn't protect songs recorded before 1972, by playing songs from the Four Tops and other artists, XM Radio has violated California copyright law, which does protect pre-1972 songs, the Verge reports. "For the past year, the RIAA has lobbied against federal legislation backed by Pandora that would lower the amount web radio stations pay to play songs. This time, the RIAA has enlisted the help of some well-known artists."

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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