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Tech companies are preparing for employees to strike in today’s planned “A Day Without a Woman” — when many women plan to abstain from going to work or shopping to illustrate the economic value they provide, despite often receiving lower wages or other inequities. Big tech companies including Google, Facebook and Uber are telling employees that they’re free to participate. — [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]
WikiLeaks released thousands of documents detailing U.S. Central Intelligence Agency programs that appear to undermine encryption in Apple iPhones, Google’s Android phones, smart TVs and other connected devices. This may amount to one of the most explosive disclosures of mass government surveillance since the Snowden revelations in 2013. — [April Glaser / Recode]
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