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Europe's top court: people have right to be forgotten on Internet. Reuters reports: "People can ask Google to delete sensitive information from its Internet search results, Europe's top court said on Tuesday."

Glenn Greenwald: how the NSA tampers with US-made Internet routers In the Guardian: "The NSA has been covertly implanting interception tools in US servers heading overseas – even though the US government has warned against using Chinese technology for the same reasons, says Glenn Greenwald, in an extract from his new book about the Snowden affair, No Place to Hide."

Reddit women protest at new front-page position. "Users and moderators of Reddit's newest default subforums have reacted in varying ways – from fighting back to opting out – after being thrust into the limelight as part of the site's recent redesign," according to the Guardian.

Big Cable says broadband investment is flourishing, but their own data says it's falling. "If you think the light regulatory touch is working because it's leading to an investment boom, you are mistaken," Vox writes. "The industry is acting like a low-competition industry, scaling back investment and plowing its profits into dividends and share buybacks and merger efforts."

AT&T could become a television giant, too, with a $50 billion DirecTV merger. "If approved, the deal would create a big potential counterweight to an enlarged Comcast, leaving AT&T controlling about 28 million pay-TV subscribers and Comcast with 30 million," I write. "Each company would account for roughly one-third of the pay-TV marketplace."

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post.
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