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Charles River Ventures Raises $393 Million For Its 16th Fund (Colleen Taylor/TechCrunch)

Charles River Ventures , the early stage venture capital firm that’s jointly based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Silicon Valley, has raised $393 million for a new investment fund, according to documents filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund, Charles River Partnership XVI, is the sixteenth to be raised by the 44-year-old firm (hence the XVI name, of course.) It’s a step up in size from Charles River’s fifteenth fund, which raised

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Investigation of leaked source code reveals NSA tracks users of Tor website, calls visitors to Tails and Linux Journal sites "extremists"…

NSA targets the privacy-conscious von J. Appelbaum, A. Gibson, J. Goetz, V. Kabisch, L. Kampf, L. Ryge The investigation discloses the following: Two servers in Germany - in Berlin and Nuremberg - are under surveillance by the NSA. Merely searching the web for the privacy-enhancing software tools outlined in the XKeyscore rules causes the NSA to mark and track the IP address of the person doing the search. Not only are German privacy software users tracked, but the source code shows that privacy software users worldwide are tracked by the NSA. Among the NSA's targets is the Tor network funded primarily by the US government to aid democracy advocates in authoritarian states.

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Facebook Messenger Finally Gets An iPad Version (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

Three years after Facebook acquired Beluga and turned it into Messenger for smartphones, its dedicated chat app today got a version specially designed for iPad rather than just running as an enlarged iPhone app. Messenger for iPad features a multi-window interface showing a list of threads and your current conversation at the same time. Messenger had over 200 million users as of April across devices, but now Apple fans can mobile message on a larger screen. More details soon

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Why we’re all Facebook’s lab rats

Last week Facebook data scientists revealed a study in which they tested how "implicitly consenting" Facebook users respond psychologically to timeline posts. Steve Wilson dissects the privacy implications of Facebook's latest experiment.

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Soundcloud continues to push boundaries of privacy policies; enables Universal to screen … (Valerie Lee/Dancing Astronaut)

Following the forced decision of artists like Kaskade to leave behind Soundcloud as their go-to forum for music sharing, like clockwork, the platform has provided the evidence and demonstrated exactly why the Grammy-nominated producer will be the first of many to soon follow suit. A few days ago, Soundcloud discreetly updated their  Cookie and Privacy Policy that received much less of an embellished roll out than their widely ill-received iPhone application update. Though the policy change was largely eclipsed by the numerous blog and social media posts announcing the application update, a few significant changes may be the final push for users to start looking for a new sharing platform. As Do Androids Dance reveals, the Cookie and Privacy Policy update – which becomes effective July 17th – explains that for those connected to Soundcloud via a Facebook or Google+ account, information about you will automatically be mined, collected, and monitored. Soundcloud will graciously allow users to opt out of the new policy, but doing so requires you to send a snail mail note to an office in Germany and simultaneously puts you at the probable risk of Soundcloud deleting your account entirely. Unfortunately, the Soundcloud alterations don’t stop there. One change in particular targets artists – and not those of a Kaskade or Deadmau5 caliber, both of whom are looking to construct or already using their own platforms for fans to receive music – and unsurprisingly, users were never made aware that it was happening. Following an email conversation between DJ Brainz, a Sub.FM DJ and owner of UK garage community forum Slick N Fresh, and Soundcloud, it became evident that the platform has handed over partial control and monitoring powers to Universal. Universal Music Group is the largest music corporation in the world and includes Interscope, Def Jam, Capitol Records, and dozens more underneath the umbrella branch of UMG. As revealed through the email correspondences, Soundcloud has given Universal full-fledged access to flag accounts, remove songs, and even terminate user accounts on behalf of the platform. Images courtesy of Do Androids Dance. While branches of UMG labels like Interscope continue to share music on Soundcloud and thrive unrestrained by policy changes, the question of where the line is drawn begins to surface amongst users and artists familiar with the platform. To some, it has already become clear that Soundcloud is no longer a viable atmosphere for music hosting or sharing, and it seems likely that many more will continue to follow in the footsteps of Kaskade’s recent struggle with the platform.

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