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Daily Reader: Edition #168

Learn 75 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: how much is the U.S. government tracking our online activites, the race to end extreme poverty, and why publishers are still reluctant to offer e-books.

1. Documents: U.S. mining data from 9 leading Internet firms; companies deny knowledge
Washington Post, 6/6/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 14 (on first page)

Washington Post: Documents: U.S. mining data from 9 leading Internet firms; companies deny knowledge (Image: Flickr user Robert Scoble)

Under a top-secret court order, Verizon has been forced to provide the U.S. government with a daily call log of all of its customers since April! And this invasion of our privacy doesn't stop there. Read more and learn vocabulary words like civil, compliance, divert, espionage, scrutinize, skeptical, and surveillance.

2. Towards the end of poverty
The Economist, 6/1/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 32

The Economist: Towards the end of poverty (Image: Flickr user Neil Turner)

In the last two decades, nearly 1 billion people have been able to climb out of extreme poverty. Can we continue this trend? Read more and learn vocabulary words like accelerated, brutish, constrain, cynics, destitution, intractable, marginally, prosperous, redeem, and subsist.

3. Why Book Publishers Are Still Dragging Their Heels on Selling You E-Books
Wired, 6/5/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 29

Wired: Why Book Publishers Are Still Dragging Their Heels on Selling You E-Books (Image: Flickr user Zhao)

Given how popular e-books have become, you would think that publishers would be rushing to offer more of them. That hasn't been the case. Read more and learn vocabulary words like agnostic, compatibility, convention, elusive, lucrative, pragmatic, prohibitive, reticence, and thriving.

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