In case you're following along at home, here's what we know:
Google has been demanding
for some time (and without success) that the federal government allow them to be transparent with end users and the public about the National Security Letters it receives. Not, mind you, the specifics of who
was targeted but at the very least the number
of people targeted and the amount and character of information shared.
Google has published aggregate information about a variety of governmental and corporate censorship and takedown requests it receives for some time now at : http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/
Google does not participate in any government program installing equipment at its facilities and simply copies data that it is legally required to copy to government requestors who posses a valid court order: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/06/google-uses-secure-ftp-to-feds/
So this bullshit meme about Google sharing data directly with the NSA in excess of legal requirements can stop now, please. Thanks.
One thing that we should all do is stop worrying about specific companies and worry about the damned law. If we're upset about not knowing the extent of government intrusion in our private lives, then we're really upset about the Patriot Act and the entire framework of the FISA and National Security Letters. This is not a corporate problem. This is a very, very serious political problem and nothing that we've learned from Snowden changes that.