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As it promised it would, Google is fighting the government's gag order on releasing how many users are monitored by the National Security Agency. Editor's note: Jeff Jordan is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz and is on the boards of Airbnb, Belly, Fab, Circle, Crowdtilt, Lookout and Pinterest, as well as Wealthfront and Zoosk. Android home gaming consoles are nearly arriving for the consumer market, but one at least needs a little more time in the oven to bake. Tired of your friends texting on their phones while they should be getting schnockered? This clever hack is called the Offline Glass and it's designed to ensure that you and your friends don't sit at the bar checking Wikipedia for who starred in The Greatest American Hero and whether Tabitha will totally come out tonight oh my god she won't she and Christian just broke up oh god she's with Raul and Paula and maybe she'll come in an hour! In fact, you can't hold your phone because of the unique shape of the glass' bottom. It's that time of the year again for us nerds to infiltrate Sand Hill Road, let loose, and enjoy some good food and libations. Hardware is so hot right now. So hot, in fact, that another European hardware startup is formulating an attack on the smartphone hardware space -- joining the likes of Finland's Jolla and Spain's Geeksphone to have a go at handset making. Waze's big exit to Google proved one thing: if companies can harness the power of the crowd to deliver real-time, granular data, big tech corporations will be watching them closely as potential acquisition targets. At the end of last year, Google introduced a new design for some local search results on tablets that put a carousel with the top results at the top of the page. Stealing a page right out of a startup called Aggregift's playbook, Amazon today launched a new feature called "Amazon Birthday Gift," which allows a group of Facebook friends to go in on an Amazon. The world of alternative browsers is littered with also-rans like Rockmelt, but there are also companies that have managed to make a name for themselves in the shadow of Microsoft, Mozilla and Google.