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June 14, 2013, 9:30 PM

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Joanna Stern / ABCNEWS:
Facebook to Hold Mysterious Product Launch Event on June 20  —  Facebook seems to have even more products up its sleeve.  On the heels of releasing its new hashtag feature this week and the roll out of its new iPhone and Android features, the company will hold an event on Thursday …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Will Launch A News Reader At June 20th Press Event  —  The upcoming death of Google Reader and the addition of hashtags signal Facebook will likely launch a new way to discover and read news at the June 20th press event it's just sent out mysterious invites to.
Michael Riley / Bloomberg:
U.S. Agencies Said to Swap Data With Thousands of Firms  —  Thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working closely with U.S. national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence, four people familiar with the process said.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
EU to end mobile roaming charges next year  —  Consumers will next year be able to use their mobile phones across the European Union for the same price as at home, it is planned, after officials voted to fast-track major reforms of telecoms regulation.  —  It will cost the same to use …
Julia White / The Microsoft Office Blog:
Office Mobile for iPhone now available for Office 365 subscribers  —  Today, we're releasing Office Mobile for iPhone available at no extra charge from the Apple App Store for Office 365 Home Premium and Office 365 ProPlus subscribers.  Similar to our free Office Mobile for Windows Phone …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
TechCrunch:
Path Is On The Path To New Funding, Approaching $1B Valuation  —  We're hearing from multiple sources that private social network Path is raising a new round of funding that could value the company as high as $1 billion.  According to one source, the company is in the process …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
What's an Apple user worth?  —  This week Apple announced that iTunes has 575 million accounts.  This is the 8th update (that I know of) over the last four years.  The history of this data is shown in the following graph.  —  The number of accounts has increased by almost a factor of six since late 2009.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Carl Icahn May Walk Away From Dell Proxy Fight He Started  —  Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor who has been one of the key players in the proxy fight over the struggling computer maker Dell, may be ready to take his chips off the table.  —  CNBC's David Faber reported minutes ago …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Songbird Sings Its Last Tune As Music Service Runs Out Of Money And Plans To Shut Down June 28  —  Songbird, an early digital music service that aimed to compete against the iTunes, Pandoras and Spotifies of this world with an open source platform, is shutting down on June 28, after running out of money and failing to find a buyer.
Moxie Marlinspike / Wired:
Why ‘I Have Nothing to Hide’ Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance  —  Suddenly, it feels like 2000 again.  Back then, surveillance programs like Carnivore, Echelon, and Total Information Awareness helped spark a surge in electronic privacy awareness.

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