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Tech Giants United Against Spying; Four Presidents To Attend Mandela’s Funeral; Afghans Make A Deal With Iran, Reject U.S.; Keep Your Plan, If You Can Afford It; And More — Monday Morning News Roundup 12-9-2013

December 9, 2013 by  

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple, LinkedIn and AOL are setting aside their business rivalries to demand that Congress and President Barack Obama scale back the government’s voracious surveillance. Source: The Hill… 

 

  • This week, Obama — together with former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter — will travel to Johannesburg along with some 50 other heads of state to attend the memorial service for Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died last week at age 95.. Source: The Christian Science Monitor… 

 

  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed on a cooperation pact with Iran on Sunday, an Afghan official said, while continuing to resist signing a long-term security agreement with the United States. Source: Reuters… 

 

  • Chris Wallace sat down with one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act, Ezekiel Emanuel, to discuss the effects the law has had on Americans and the broken promise by Obama that “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” Emanuel said that folks can keep their doctor if they are willing to pay more. Source: FOX News… 

 

  • Local police are increasingly able to scoop up large amounts of cellphone data using new technologies, including cell tower dumps and secret mobile devices known as Stingrays. Source: USA Today… 

 

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