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June 1, 2014, 4:15 AM

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New York Times:
NSA has collected millions of images of faces from intercepted communications for use in facial recognition  —  N.S.A. Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images  —  The National Security Agency is harvesting huge numbers of images of people from communications that it intercepts through …
Larry Seltzer / ZDNet:
Registry hack enables continued updates for Windows XP  —  Summary: A single registry setting makes Windows Update think your XP system is Windows XP POSReady, which will receive updates for another five years.  —  As reported by Wayne Williams at Betanews and confirmed by us …
Arikia Millikan / Medium:
One of Medium's first paid Collection Editors leaves the platform after one year, citing wage disparity, rocky product changes, poor analytics, more  —  LadyBits' First and Last Year on Medium  —  So long, folks.  It's been real.  —  In May of 2013, I signed on as a Collection Editor with Medium to launch LadyBits on Medium.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
WWDC 2014 Roundup: Enhanced iOS 8, redesigned OS X 10.10, new hardware (plus fresh details)  —  Despite Apple CEO Tim Cook teasing that Apple would introduce new products “across 2014,” so far this year the company has simply released a cheaper version of the iPhone 5c in select markets …
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Goodbye to All That: Today Is Katie Cotton's Last Day at Apple  —  Today, Katie Cotton, perhaps the most powerful communications exec in tech, is retiring from Apple after 18 years.  —  As Code/red columnist John Paczkowski noted in reporting the departure earlier this month …
Reuters:
Intel TV creator Erik Huggers leaves Verizon five months after acquisition  —  Exclusive: Intel TV creator leaves Verizon months after deal  —  (Reuters) - Erik Huggers is leaving Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) just five months after joining the company via the acquisition of the Intel Corp …
Maciej Ceglowski / Idle Words:
Why data collection for ad targeting produces “informational toxic waste”, and how regulation could help  —  The Internet With A Human Face - Beyond Tellerrand 2014 Conference Talk  —  Marc [Thiele] emailed me a few weeks ago to ask if I thought my talk would be appropriate to close the conference.
David Meyer / Gigaom:
In Chile, mobile carriers can no longer offer free Twitter, Facebook or WhatsApp  —  The Chilean telecommunications regulator Subtel has banned mobile operators from offering so-called zero-rated social media apps - services like Twitter and Facebook that, through deals with the carriers …
More: Quartz and PandoDaily
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
WhatsApp emerges as big share driver for publishers  —  Publishers tend to focus their social media strategies around the twin titans of Facebook and Twitter.  But perhaps they are ignoring WhatsApp at their own peril.  —  FTW, USA Today's viral sports site, offers a good case study for the platform's potential for publishers.
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Brands can now set up shop inside Chinese messaging app WeChat  —  Popular messaging app WeChat has taken a step forward in evolving as a platform after it opened up an option on Weixin — the version of WeChat offered in China — for official account owners to set up shop within the app.

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