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Big tech companies lash out at government snooping

Google data center in Mayes County, Okla. Several Silicon Valley companies are introducing more encryption technology to shield users’ data from government spies.
Google data center in Mayes County, Okla. Several Silicon Valley companies are introducing more encryption technology to shield users’ data from government spies.Credit: Connie Zhou/Google via Associated Press/File

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WASHINGTON — Silicon Valley is escalating pressure on President Obama to curb the US government surveillance programs that vacuum personal information off the Internet and threaten the technology industry’s financial livelihood.

A coalition that includes Google, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook and Microsoft lashed out in an open letter printed Monday in major newspapers and a new website, http://reformgovernmentsurveillance.com .

The crusade united eight companies that often compete fiercely against each other, but now find themselves banding together to limit the potential damage from revelations about the National Security Agency’s snooping on Web surfers.

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