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Interviewing Edward Snowden, Robin Williams's Social Media Wake and More Morning #Mustreads

A long interview with the world's most famous spy, plus what's good -- and bad -- about public mourning on Twitter and Facebook.

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Good morning!

Here are some articles to ease the pain of being awake, brought to you by Re/code:

  1. Wired’s James Bamford scored a huge interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow. A few takeaways: Snowden has a strange sleep schedule, there’s a cyber defense program called “MonsterMind” and in 2012 NSA hackers accidentally shut off the Internet in Syria.
  2. It’s now second nature for us to take to Facebook and Twitter when famous people die. Yahoo’s Rob Walker takes a look at the public mourning for Robin Williams on social media. Kicker: “It’s not our modern tools that determine how we experience an event, tragic or otherwise. It’s us, and how we choose to use those tools, and what they give us.”
  3. Al Jazeera has a nifty profile of Zephyr Teachout, the upstart progressive New York gubernatorial candidate looking to unseat Andrew Cuomo this November. Teachout is committed to preventing the Comcast*-Time Warner deal from going through (Time Warner has a huge customer base in New York), and her running mate is law professor Tim Wu, a.k.a. the “father of net neutrality.”
  4. The American workforce is sleep-deprived, and somehow we’re still waking up early enough to get to the office on time. New York’s Science of Us has some helpful tips to make your weekday mornings just a bit more bearable.
  5. From Slate, 88-year-old congressman John Dingell doesn’t understand your “emojis” and wants you to get off his damn lawn already.

If you see any stories you’d like to send our way (or have any questions/comments about stories we’ve recommended), feel free to shoot an email to

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