To avoid obeying government requests to spy on its users, Edward Snowden’s email provider, Lavabit, has decided to simply pull the plug.
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Happy Monday! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- Now you can use Google Street View to see the view from the top of the world’s highest building, the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai.
- Former South African president Nelson Mandela is still in critical condition with a lung infection, says President Zuma.
- From our NSA secret surveillance tracker: Whistleblower Edward Snowden was expected to take a plane to Havana today, but at the time of takeoff, he was nowhere to be found.
- Australian lawmakers hold off on plans to track and store phone call and email data after NSA surveillance scandal raises privacy concerns worldwide.
- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has its top managers squirming with his plan to restructure the company.
- Facebook is working on its own news reader. Watch out for our Google Reader replacement roundup later today.
- The FTC is investigating Google’s purchase of the Israeli social navigation firm Waze after consumer groups and tech experts raise concerns.
Snowden is reportedly a no-show for his flight from Moscow to Havana, which is packed to the brim with reporters chomping at the bit to speak with him. Gawker editor Max Reed tweeted: “A dozen journalists stuck on dry flight to Cuba watching the James Franco Oz movie.” Now the question on every conspiracy theorist’s lips is this: Did Snowden actually make it to Moscow, or is this one of the best post-Soviet intelligence ops we’ve seen in a long time? Stay tuned.