Five things you need to know for Wednesday
By Tim Swift The Baltimore Sun
The revelations about NSA spying are a week old now, but interest hasn't waned online as unlikely allies like 4Chan and the ACLU are joining to protest the once secret government program. Meanwhile, the source of the leaks Edward Snowden continues to fascinate readers and now his ex-girlfriend Lindsay Mills in the spotlight after journalists found her personal blog. In non-NSA news, Kanye West continues to vie for the title of worst worst person with a new interview with The New York Times. And finally, the E3 video game convention continues through through Thursday. Yesterday, Nintendo announced a raft of new games based on a established hits like Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart. Welcome to your online trends report for Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
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Why: The US National Security Agency's recently revealed internet surveillance program PRISM has been broadly condemned by tech companies, even those whose networks were allegedly involved. But now some organizations and companies are going further, sending a letter to Congress today calling upon lawmakers to immediately halt PRISM and other forms of internet surveillance. Mozilla, Reddit, 4chan, the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are among the 86 different organizations that have co-signed the letter, and they have also launched a new campaign online, "StopWatching.us," which invites web users to add their signatures to the petition as well. [ The Verge ]