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This March 15 file photo shows Google bicycles at the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has emerged. Paid for by U.S. tax dollars, but with little public scrutiny, surveillance fees charged in secret by technology and phone companies can vary wildly. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

What the gov't pays industry to snoop

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By ANNE FLAHERTY Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- How much are your private conversations worth to the government? Turns out, it can be a lot, depending on the technology.

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