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Yahoo is offering to purchase social email startup Xobni for $30 million to $40 million, according to AllThingsD's sources. I get as excited as anyone thinking about the upcoming 49ers season. Quite a bit has happened since we were 5 years from winning the Super Bowl. Jack Conte, musician and founder of Patreon, has been on a tear lately with a set of unique music remixes performed by him and a group of pneumatic robots that fire off audio sequences to create some amazing music. If there’s one striking thing about those PRISM slides, other than their hideous aesthetics, it’s that Apple’s allocated yellow oval, instead of a date, has the words “(added Oct 2012)” underneath it. Here's a fun comparison from Optimal, a social advertising and analytics startup: If you look at big brands on social networks, their following seems to be growing more quickly on Twitter than on Facebook. Following up on their massively successful $2.4M Kickstarter campagin, Oculus VR has just locked down a gigantic $16M Series A to help them build their truly amazing virtual reality goggles, the Oculus Rift. The eyesore of a Powerpoint deck that contractor Edward Snowden had leaked had globally recognized names: Microsoft. When most men go out to buy a casual shirt, they think of sizing in terms of small, medium, or large. President Obama finally took a sit-down interview on the National Security Agency scandal and we’ve pasted a partial transcript below. Online coupon giant RetailMeNot has just filed for $230 million IPO, according to an S-1 released today.