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First POST: Awkward

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, July 25 2013

Around the web

  • Where is Snowden going? The Guardian reports, "National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has not had his asylum status resolved and he intends to remain in Russia long-term, his lawyer has said. Previously, Snowden told local officials he planned to move on to South America as soon as possible."


    Anatoly Kucherena, who was visiting Snowden at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on Wednesday, said he was staying in the transit zone "for now" ...

    Kucherena is a member of the Public Council of the Federal Security Service, the successor to the KGB, which lends fuel to speculations that Snowden's stay is being handled by Russia's intelligence services.

  • The Guardian is also devoting live blog coverage to the "aftermath" of a landmark 205-217 vote narrowly defeating an amendment that would de-fund National Security Agency data gathering on Americans' communications — at least ones in which one party is not the subject of an investigation.

  • Curtailing perceived overreach on the part of America's spies has long been a hard sell in Congress. The slim margin by which the vote failed — and the fact that the amendment made it to the floor in the first place — is hailed as a victory by privacy advocates.

  • The Global Network Initiative is calling for more corporate transparency about government requests for user information.

  • Julian Assange is set to run for the Senate in Australia on the "Wikileaks Party" ticket, although it's unclear he'd be able to serve if elected given his confinement to the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

  • Belatedly, analysis of South Carolina officials' claims of "zombie voters" get four Pinocchios from the Washington Post.

  • At a New York City mayoral debate Wednesday night, former Rep. Anthony Weiner was asked: "Facebook or Twitter?"

    The former congressman resigned in disgrace after it was disclosed that he had carried on explicit online chats with, and sent revealing pictures of himself to, women who were not his wife — and initially lied about that behavior. It was recently disclosed that he continued this practice even after resigning from office.

  • Rayid Ghani and the Data Science for Social Good fellowship program at the University of Chicago get a write-up in the New York Times' Bits blog.

  • As legal proceedings begin in the case of accused Boston bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev, should Reddit get its own public inquisition for its community's role in falsely implicating missing student Sunil Tripathi, who was later found dead, in the bombings?

  • "Made in America" labels on tech products: hype or new trend?

  • Mailchimp has a blog post asserting that Gmail's new inbox structure is having a small but noticeably negative effect on email open rates.

  • A tipster sends Roll Call what appear to be cellphone pictures of a sweaty, shorts-clad Rep. Mark Sanford, Republican of South Carolina, slipping into the House floor to cast votes in a borrowed blazer. Roll Call reports Sanford apparently timed a trip to the gym based on a vote time that was later changed, and no one told him about the switch.

    Sorry, congressman, but we have to ask: Is that your "hiking" outfit?

  • In a data breach at the SEC, information about employees inexplicably moved from that agency to another one.