Trending In Our News Feeds – Snowden says U.K. spied on global leaders. The Guardian revealed over the weekend that a British intelligence agency spied on delegates at two global summits in 2009. Documents handed to the paper by NSA leaker Edward Snowden show the Government Communications Headquarters set up dummy internet cafes, hacked into delegates’ smartphones, and kept a record of phone calls at two G20 summits hosted by Britain. The Guardian predicts the revelation will create tension at today’s U.K.-hosted G8 summit. Leaders from the eight richest countries in the world are expected to discuss Syria and economic issues at the two-day meeting.
Meanwhile, the media attempted to determine the scope of American data mining programs. The AP published a story that determined “…[PRISM] actually is a relatively small part of a much more expansive and intrusive eavesdropping effort.” An unclassified document that circulated over the weekend says the NSA collected detailed info from fewer than 300 phone numbers last year.
Police violence escalates in Turkey protests. Turkish protesters and police again clashed over the weekend in what the New York Times calls the worst violence in three weeks of demonstrations. The paper reports police targeted medics, business owners, and foreign media in addition to protesters. PolicyMic’s Sarp Yavuz describes his experience at the protests and brings you pictures of the clashes. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called protesters terrorists and accused the media of fabricating news at a rally on Sunday. “The escalating tensions have raised the risk of an extended period of civil unrest that could undermine Turkey’s image as a rising global power and a model of Islamic democracy,” writes the Times.
Violent protests rock Brazil. Protests that began last week in São Paulo in response to a bus fare hike have spread across Brazil, according to ABC News. The protests in São Paulo turned violent at the end of last week when police fired rubber bullets at protesters, injuring 55. PolicyMic’s Ana Defillo collects 13 images of shocking police brutality. A Brazilian college student says the protests aren’t just about bus fare: “We have problems with ports, airports, public transportation, health, education. We’re a poor country and the level of taxation is very high.”
North Korea proposes talks with U.S. North Korea offered to engage in talks with the U.S. on the topic of “regional peace” yesterday, in what could be the first sign of decreasing tensions. However, U.S. officials responded to the offer cautiously. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said North Korea must denuclearize for the U.S. to agree to talks. “We'll judge them by their actions, not by the nice words that we heard yesterday,” said White House chief of staff Denis McDonough.
Google reveals ambitious WiFi project. Google unveiled an ambitious project to expand internet access at a press conference at the end of last week. The program, codenamed “Project Loon,” aims to bring WiFi to the world’s unconnected using balloons that double as internet hotspots. The program is kicking off with a 50-balloon test launch in New Zealand. Wired has a fascinating look (and some awesome pictures) into the creation of the project.
Status Updates – Get to know pundit of the week Robert Taylor. PolicyMic pundit Robert Taylor is a libertarian activist and an enthusiast of baseball, billiards, and bourbon. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about Robert in his interview with community editor Caira Conner.
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Must Reads From PolicyMic – Meet The 6 (Yes, Only 6) Senators Trying to Stop the NSA (Maxime Fischer-Zernin, @swissfisch) – While they still have public support, six senators are trying to limit certain how U.S. intelligence agencies conduct their surveillance.
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5 Things Millennial Women Should Learn From Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (Madeleine Overturf) – From her childhood to her career in the Senate, Hillary Clinton protégé Kirsten Gillibrand models a life that young women should aspire to.
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The New Xbox Will Become Nothing More Than An Expensive Paperweight (Ryan Hankins) – Microsoft is making a mistake in designing the Xbox One to be totally dependent on internet support; products like these have a built-in shelf life.
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Don Lemon Tells Millennials to “Get Off My Lawn” (Edward Williams, @edwardwilliams2) – During a Saturday segment on CNN Newsroom, Don Lemon and a guest descended to stereotyping millennials. This is how he responded when I called him out.
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How Silicon Valley Dropped the Ball On Immigration Reform (T. Chase Meacham, @TChaseMeacham) – An immigration policy built for the brightest, and in the interest of the nation’s elite, fundamentally misses the point of immigration reform.
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What We’re Sharing – Obama and the religion of big data (Washington Post).
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– Why is Pandora taking its radio service offline? (New Yorker)
– This is how the Beatles found their voice (Atlantic).
– Think you can get by on 5 or 6 hours of sleep? Think again (New York Times).
– These photos of New York subway construction look like something out of a sci-fi movie (Jalopnik).
Dessert – 11 bizarre publicity stunts by major food brands.
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