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March 21, 2014

Daily Roundup: 2013 Engadget Readers’ Choice Awards, NSA transparency reports and more!

by John_A

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

The NSA may release its own transparency reports

Yesterday, NSA general counsel Rajesh De stated that companies like Apple or Google are fully aware of its data collection practices due to its “compulsory legal process.” Now, the agency may take that claim one step further by releasing its own transparency reports.

Twitter’s first tweet tool is a painful reminder that none of us initially ‘got’ this Twitter thing

Remember your first tweet? Probably not. But don’t worry, Twitter’s got your back. To celebrate its eighth birthday, the social giant whipped up a web tool that surfaces your original 140-character entry into the twittersphere. Scary, right?

The winners of the 2013 Engadget Awards — Readers’ Choice

Tech fans across the globe nominated and voted for their favorite gadgets, and now the results of our 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards are in! So, which laptop, smartwatch or offbeat product stood our from the rest? Read on to find out.

Ex-Microsoft employee arrested for leaking company secrets

Ex-Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo was arrested yesterday for stealing and leaking company secrets regarding the release of Windows 8. Apparently, Kibkalo was out for revenge against Microsoft and emailed screenshots of the OS and bits of code from Microsoft’s Activation Server SDK to an unnamed French blogger. Microsoft has since claimed that it has the right to go through email accounts, but only under “exceptional circumstances.”

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