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June 3, 2014, 4:05 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram 6.0 Seduces Pro Photographers With Adjustable Filters And 9 New Effects  —  “People come to Instagram today to post their photos but haven't come back to edit their photos” Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom tells me.  So today Instagram is adding sliders to control 9 new photo effects and the intensity of its existing filters.
Walt Mossberg / Re/code:
What's Apple Really Up To?  Keeping You in Apple World.  —  Today, at its annual developers conference, WWDC 2014, Apple laid out the first step in its latest plans — new versions of its mobile and Mac operating systems, iOS and OS X, respectively.  The second step will come in the fall …
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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Intel bets on Surface Pro 3-like 2-in-1 devices with “mobile PC” reference design  —  Intel Bets On Surface Pro 3-Like “2-In-1″ Devices  —  Today at the Computex event in Taiwan, Intel unveiled a reference design '2-in-1′ device, raising the profile of tablet-hybrids.
William Alden / New York Times:
K.K.R. to Buy Internet Brands for $1.1 Billion  —  The private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has agreed to buy Internet Brands, which operates a portfolio of websites and software, in a bet that it can help the company expand its services.  —  The deal, which Internet Brands is expected …
Kurt Wagner / Mashable:
Myspace Is Embarrassing Users With Old Photos to Win Them Back  —  Myspace wants you back — even if it requires a little blackmail  —  The social network is emailing users old photos of themselves in hopes of enticing them to return to Myspace.  The emails include one or two old photos …
Matt McGee / Glass Almanac:
Google Glass frames and shades designed by Diane von Furstenberg for women launch June 23  —  Diane Von Furstenberg Launches 13 New Ladies' Frames & Shades for Google Glass  —  A collaboration between Google and legendary designer Diane von Furstenberg will bring more than a dozen …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft reorgs its Office business to focus on four new investment areas  —  Summary: Microsoft's OneNote business is getting a big push in the newly reorganized Office business.  Here's what else the company is prioritizing with its latest moves.  —  Up until last month …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Kickstarter simplifies rules for campaigns, allows any project that isn't illegal or dangerous, offers “Launch Now” option to skip approval process  —  Kickstarter's next campaign  —  The original crowdfunder is loosening its rules and opening the floodgates
Bloomberg:
Fidelity Said to Be Competing to Lead Uber Round at $17B  —  Fidelity Investments is competing to lead Uber Technologies Inc.'s new financing in a round that could value the ride-sharing service at about $17 billion, according to people familiar with the situation.
Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
With $128M in funding, Ostendo builds 2D and 3D projectors small enough to fit in a phone  —  New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones  —  Ostendo's Tiny Projectors Are Designed to Display Crisp Video, Glasses-Free 3-D Images  —  In the future, virtual reality won't require strapping a bulky contraption to your head.
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Sony unveils the Xperia T3, touted as the world's slimmest 5.3-inch smartphone  —  Sony announced a new smartphone today, the Xperia T3, which it touts as the world's slimmest 5.3-inch smartphone.  —  The Xperia T3, which weighs 148g, is built with a stainless steel frame and comes in three colors — white, black and purple.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Samsung Inks $500M Wireless Patent Deal With InterDigital  —  Some more closure in the ongoing, foot-dragging world of patent infringement, at a very lucrative price: Samsung and InterDigital have signed a patent license agreement and dropped all litigation, active and pending, against each other.
More: Sammy Hub and CNET News
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Big Win For DuckDuckGo: Apple Adding To Safari As Private Search Option  —  DuckDuckGo, the search engine that positions itself as a completely secure and private search engine, is getting a big boost.  Apple is making it part of Safari in the next versions of Mac OS and iOS as an option that users can choose.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Mashable:
Turkey Unblocks YouTube After 2 Months  —  Turkey has finally restored access to YouTube, 67 days after the government blocked the video-sharing website.  —  The Turkey's telecommunications authority (TIB) lifted the ban on Tuesday, removing YouTube from the “blocked sites” listed on its website.
Rich Trenholm / CNET News:
HTC One E8 is a plastic M8, coming early June  —  The HTC One E8 has been confirmed to bring its polycarbonate shell to “selected markets” in “early June.”  —  The HTC One E8 replaces the M8's brushed metal case with plastic to bring the price down.  —  HTC
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Netflix ditches Silverlight for HTML5 on Macs too: Available today in Safari on OS X Yosemite beta  —  Netflix today furthered its plans to ditch Silverlight for HTML5 on Macs, having already done so last year in IE11 on Windows 8.1.  HTML5 video is now supported by Netflix in Safari on OS X Yosemite …

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