June 18, 2013, 1:25 PM

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Vindu Goel / NYT Bits:
Wall Street Journal:
Maker of ‘Candy Crush Saga’ Plans IPO  —  Candy Crush Saga is lining up something besides jelly beans: bankers.  —  Midasplayer International Holding Co., the publisher of online and mobile games including the popular Candy Crush Saga, has hired banks to pursue a U.S. initial public offering …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
FiftyThree, Maker Of Drawing App Paper, Raises $15 Million From Andreessen Horowitz And Others  —  FiftyThree, the startup behind the wildly popular drawing app Paper, has closed a Series A round of financing led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from Highline Ventures, Thrive Capital, SV Angels, and Jack Dorsey.
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Huawei Ascend P6 announced: 6.18mm thickness, 4.7-inch 720p display  —  We knew it was in the works given the sheer quantity of leaks but, with a small sigh of relief, Huawei's Ascend P6 is now official.  At the company's London launch, the handset has been revealed with a 6.18mm-thick body …
Airbnb vs Hotels: A Price Comparison  —  Price of Airbnb vs Hotel by US City  —  Mouseover to get price comparison detail  —  Size of bubble corresponds to number of Airbnb listings (logarithmic scale)  —  At Priceonomics, we like to get more for our money.
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
A Popular Ad Blocker Also Helps the Ad Industry  —  Millions of people use the tool Ghostery to block online tracking technology—few realize that it feeds data to the ad industry.  —  WHY IT MATTERS  —  There are few options for those wishing to avoid being followed around on the Web.
Having problems with your Netflix?  You can blame Verizon  —  If you are trying to get Netflix and use Verizon's broadband, then there is a good chance that your video performance is less than optimal.  Some Verizon customers might even go as far as calling it a crappy Netflix experience.
Facebook's Zuckerberg Meets Samsung Executives Amid Mobile Push  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, seeking to boost advertising sales from mobile devices, is meeting with Samsung Electronics Co. executives today in Seoul.  —  Zuckerberg was seen entering Samsung offices …
Priya Kumar / Internet Monitor:
Twitter's Geography: Visualized and Explained  —  Twitter's CEO Dick Costolo has called the popular microblogging service “the pulse of the planet.”  With a little less than eight percent of the world's population on Twitter, that pulse has room to grow.  Nevertheless, recent big data research …
More: GigaOM
Sam Biddle / Valleywag:
Top Wall Street Journal Reporter Jessica Lessin Going Solo  —  Jessica Lessin, a San Francisco-based senior technology reporter at the Wall Street Journal of several years, is quitting (somewhat abruptly) to launch her own tech website.  It will sting a bit.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Nokia Surges 11%: Huawei ‘Open’ to Buying Them, Says FT  —  Shares of Nokia (NOK) are up 41 cents, or 11%, at $4.10, during in mid-day trading following an article a short while ago by the Financial Times's Daniel Thomas, who writes that Chinese smartphone and networking vendor Huawei is open to buying Nokia …
Zach Honig / Engadget:
AT&T and Goal Zero deploy solar-powered Street Charge stations in NYC, we go hands-on (video)  —  If you'e lucky, your smartphone's battery can just make it through a full day, with the percentage meter dropping to the single digits as you finally get a chance to plug in.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Ex-HTC execs can't quit phone game, create startup Kazam  —  Kazam is a smartphone manufacturer focused on design, customer service, and the European market.  But the company faces an extreme uphill climb.  —  Two former HTC executives are hoping for a fresh start with their own company.
Don Clark / Digits:
AMD Prepares Move to ‘Seattle,’ Its First ARM Chip  —  Advanced Micro Devices has been using the same technology foundation as Intel since the 1980s.  Now the underdog chip supplier is fleshing out plans to diverge.  —  The company on Tuesday is announcing “Seattle,” the code name …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Offer to Buy Contact Startup Xobni Is at a Price of $30M to $40M  —  According to numerous sources close to the company, Yahoo is offering to pay $30 million to $40 million for the maker of address book apps and plugins.  —  That's below the more than $40 million raised …

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