It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for our newly inaugurated Surveillance, Security, and Gadget Roundup, where we bring you the week’s news that caught our eyes:

1. Vodafone Reveals Existence of Secret Wires That Allow State Surveillance

It’s a little sad that the biggest surprise in this article, is that it’s a surveillance article that hardly even mentions the NSA (shocking, right?). Anyways, apparently one of the largest mobile phone groups, Vodafone, has revealed the widespread usage of secret wires that allow government agencies to listen to all conversations on its networks.

2. Our 1st Snowden Anniversary

An interesting compilation of views on what has and hasn’t changed one year after Edward Snowdens revelations.

3. Seven Digital Deadly Sins

A strange and fascinating collaboration by the National Film Board of Canada and The Guardian on the seven deadly sins superimposed on our modern, digital lifestyles. It’s definitely worth taking a look at, if not for the content, then for the fabulously interactive display.

4. Her Name is Cortana

Microsoft’s take on Siri and Google Now. For once, Microsoft seems to have put some thought into a product. Bravo.

5. Explaining Self-Driving Cars

A pretty thorough rundown of all you need to know about self-driving cars.

6. Growing Your Client Base 

One P.I.’s take on the right way to grow your client base. Whether you are a private investigator or own a business in a completely different industry, Brian Willingham’s experience and advice is remarkably adaptable.

7. Marketing (or not)

Don’t ever confuse marketing for what you are marketing; a great product product or service.