Links: 2012-08-13

Lots of links today on the usual topics with a special emphasis on Blackberry
House Intelligence Committee kept Congress in the dark about NSA spying, says representative | The Verge
"Since the revelations about NSA surveillance have come to light, both the White House and some members of Congress have insisted that the programs involved were common knowledge. Amash's statement casts doubt on this, backing up claims that many Congressmen and women had only a vague understanding of American intelligence operations. It also places suspicion on a more unusual suspect: a small group of members in the House of Representatives itself."
Japan machinery orders fall in a sign of weak capex | Reuters
"Weak capital spending is a source of concern for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who faces a toug...

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