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This photo of this Stanley Kubrick letter is making the rounds, in which the director kindly tells a studio exec he doesn’t want them to make a sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Paul Finch tweeted it with the caption: “No-one messed with Stanley Kubrick.” Ben Wizner called it, “Nicely written.” Michael Hiltzik from the LA Times burst everyone’s bubble by pointing out: “Except they did make the sequel anyway.”

Meanwhile in the Wall Street Journal, there’s news that Vodafone Says Phones On Its Global Network Are Tapped. Armina Ligaya at National Post wrote, “Vodafone lays bare scale of phone-tapping on its network, with some governments having direct infrastructure access.” Julia Angwin with ProPublica called it a “Brave disclosure.”

Juliette Garside at The Guardian also covered the story, writing: Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance. Brian Fung from the Washington Post said, “So ‘direct access’ was the right term — just the wrong industry.” Philip Bump also at the Washington Post, perhaps help everyone breathe a bit easier said, “I'm sure this is only happening to Vodafone though.”

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