Analysis: Despite fears, NSA revelations helping U.S. tech industry

Illustration picture of application icons of Facebook Twitter and Google on iPhone next to earphone set in BerlinBy Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Edward Snowden's unprecedented exposure of U.S. technology companies' close collaboration with national intelligence agencies, widely expected to damage the industry's financial performance abroad, may actually end up helping. Despite emphatic predictions of waning business prospects, some of the big Internet companies that the former National Security Agency contractor showed to be closely involved in gathering data on people overseas – such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. – say privately that they have felt little if any impact on their businesses. …

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