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  1. Snowden Hits SXSW and Bachelet Takes the Oath in Chile

    This year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, will feature a very special guest on Monday: fugitive Edward Snowden. He will appear via a live feed from Russia to lead a discussion on how the tech community can help defend against mass surveillance. Lady Gaga takes over Thursday, and pundits already wonder if this signals the end of the grassroots bacchanalia. Meanwhile, Chile will swear in Michele Bachelet as president. Isabel Allende Bussi, daughter of a president and now the first female leader of Chile’s upper house, will bestow the sash on Bachelet, unsubtle symbolism for a big step in women’s history. (An earlier version of this brief incorrectly listed Ms. Allende Bussi’s accomplishments.)

    Sources: CNN, Forbes, Reuters

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