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Tech at Night: NSA roundup. Germany shoots the messenger.

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Never waste a good crisis. Some Eurocrats are looking to use the NSA fearmongering as an excuse to lock down the Internet, and the Obama administration is fighting back because closing off that form of free trade in ideas would hurt everyone, not just themselves. Of course it’s still suspect to believe just anything Edward Snowden has alleged, given reports that he’s a liar.

So even as Microsoft and Google reasonably sue to be able to release non-specific, aggregated data on secret court requests for data, NSA may release its own stats on its programs. This should not be seen as good enough, since FISA covers more than just the NSA.

Bitcoin activists are really sensitive to the truth, almost like they’re worried that people might be less likely to get scammed.

New Zealand, having decided to give Kim Dotcom safe haven, won’t prosecute itself over nearly bringing him to justice.

Look, I’m all for bringing down websites and communities that conspire to break the law, but Germany going after reporters for talking about them is reminiscent of shooting the messenger.

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