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LinkedIn study names top cities to find tech talent: Four of top five are in India. San Francisco is No. 5, and it’s one of only three U.S. cities on the list.

Researchers say PayPal attempt to fight hacks is “shoddy.”

Microsoft’s top lawyer slams FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court, saying it is not accountable to the public, and creates law “that the American public is not permitted to read.” The court approves NSA surveillance requests.

AT&T and DirecTV make their case for a merger before Congress, says it’ll bring down their costs. But they won’t say whether it’ll pass along those savings to customers.

FAA: Commercial drones still banned until further notice. And ICYMI, national parks are no-drone zones.

Barnes & Noble is splitting its retail, Nook divisions. The company’s shares are up sharply on the news.

Google reportedly is offering $150 credits to Chromebook owners who got shorted on free broadband from Verizon. (They were supposed to get two years free data plans, but only got one year.) Meanwhile, Verizon says the whole thing was a mistake, and is restoring the free data access the customers were promised.

 

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