Edward Snowden reveals his reasoning, another GoT batch ends, and 3D printing goes mainstream

American citizens from both ends of the political spectrum are rallying behind a former Marylander who has come forward as the NSA whistleblower. Also, if you're bored by that whole "active citizenship" thing, you can watch Game of Thrones and then print yourself a plastic battle axe. Welcome to your post-weekend trend report for June 10, 2013.

Edward Snowden, the former CIA and Booz Allen Hamilton worker who revealed that the government is continually spying on millions of its own citizens, told The Guardian over the weekend that he doesn't expect to see his home again, but that he has no regrets about the leak. Scheduled events in support of Snowden include a demonstration at Union Square in New York on Monday. At least one Icelandic lawmaker has begun the steps to offer asylum. Intelligence community representatives had repeatedly lied in the past about whether NSA systems were spying on significant numbers of Americans.

In other super-exciting news, Amazon will be happy sell you a 3D printer for thousands of dollars if you're unwilling or unable to make your own for much less -- the better to print out your Game of Thrones costume parts (though you'll be late for this season; our recap is below). That's making many Amazon stock owners very happy.


Edward Snowden, #IStandWithEdwardSnowden, Hong Kong
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The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA's history has explained his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows.
The Guardian

Tony Awards
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On Broadway's biggest night, a feel-good cross-dressing musical kicked up its heels. "Kinky Boots," took home six awards, including the top prize of best musical.
Los Angeles Times

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Amazon has now opened its own 3D Printer page for the sale of printers and filaments so you can get all that jazz shipped right to your door with the greatest of ease.

Game of Thrones
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The penultimate episode of “Game of Throne’s” third season was about despair, the kind of soul-crushing despair that only a horror like the Red Wedding could bring about.  But the season finale was about hope -- hope in the form of Daenerys Targaryen, the last of her name, who has emerged as the show’s conqueror and abolitionist.
The Baltimore Sun

E3 2013
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Microsoft has tried to get past the thorniest consumer issues related to the Xbox One video game console before its big press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday in Los Angeles. Otherwise, it might have to spend two hours explaining why its policies related to used video games, online connection requirements, and privacy are fair to consumers at gaming’s biggest event of the year.

Falling Skies
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That nasty earworm sets Hal on a darker path this season that includes the paralysis revealed in the premiere, which is set about seven months after Season 2 ended.
The Baltimore Sun

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Waze will remain an independent entity for the time being, one source said, perhaps assuaging some fears that the tech giant will either outright kill or significantly alter the popular app.
The Guardian

NBA, Danny Green
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The Miami Heat knew their chances of winning a second straight title would diminish if they fell behind by two games to the San Antonio Spurs. So they came out for Game 2 of the NBA Finals as if it were an elimination game. With their star player struggling, the Heat evened the best-of-seven series with a 103-84 victory Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Baltimore Sun

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"Favors" was downright masterful in its confluence of storylines, major reveals and welcome callbacks. This was "Mad Men" craftsmanship at its finest, and while it provided several miserable developments in the characters' lives, it made us incredibly happy as viewers.

Camp Williams
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There’s no official explanation of the Utah Data Center’s real mission, except that it’s the largest of a network of data farms including sites in Colorado, Georgia, and Maryland. But it’s obviously been built to vastly increase the agency’s capacity to suck in, digest, analyze, and store whatever the intelligence community decides to collect. As of this week, we know a lot more about the kind of data that includes.
Daily Beast


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