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It’s clear to every single tech company that this is affecting their bottom line.

— Daniel Castro, a senior analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, commenting on the consequences of the NSA’s mass surveillance regime to the New York Times. Castro estimates companies like Amazon, which offer “cloud” computing services, could lose $35 billion by 2016.