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The Switchboard: Could Facebook’s Oculus deal harm crowdfunding?

China calls US spying actions 'hypocrisy,' plans to beef up security. "Recent reports on U.S. spying activities against China, its businesses, and people," according to Computerworld, "expose the U.S.'s 'hypocrisy' and 'tyranny,' said Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng at a press briefing on Thursday."

House Intel leaders unveil surveillance reforms. "House Intelligence leaders on Tuesday unveiled a plan to curtail the NSA’s ability to collect phone call data in bulk," Politico reports, "but the effort differs from proposals from other top lawmakers and the White House."

"Dish’s Ergen said to approach DirecTV CEO about merger. "Dish Network Corp. Chairman Charlie Ergen recently contacted DirecTV Chief Executive Officer Mike White to discuss a merger of the two satellite television companies," reports Bloomberg News, citing anonymous sources.

A remarkable new opinion on search warrants for online accounts. A federal judge's opinion "rejects an approach to e-mail warrants that DOJ has recommended," writes Orin Kerr for the Post. "It then concludes that the Fourth Amendment may require third-party service providers to execute warrants and then pass on the results to the government."

Ted Leonsis worries Facebook's $2B Oculus buyout will harm crowdfunding. "Ted Leonsis was among those taking umbrage on behalf of Oculus' 9,522 Kickstarter backers," reports the Washington Business Journal, "who put $2.4 million into the Los Angeles-based company in 2012."

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecommunications and the Internet. Before joining the Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.
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