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June 3, 2014, 11:00 PM

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Stephan Somogyi / Google Online Security Blog:
Google announces End-to-End Chrome extension alpha for sending secure emails with OpenPGP  —  Making end-to-end encryption easier to use  —  Your security online has always been a top priority for us, and we're constantly working to make sure your data is safe.
Brandon Long / The Official Google Blog:
Google warns that 40-50% of messages sent between Gmail and other services are unencrypted  —  Transparency Report: Protecting emails as they travel across the web  —  When you mail a letter to your friend, you hope she'll be the only person who reads it.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
iOS 8 Offers Quick Access to Apps Based on Location  —  Apple outlined several of iOS 8's major features during yesterday's WWDC keynote, but with the operating system now in the hands of developers, details on several lesser known features have been leaking out.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
AirPlay on iOS 8 doesn't need a network to stream your media  —  Right now, Apple's AirPlay media streaming requires an established WiFi network to fly.  That's fine when you're at home, but do you really want to ask for a friend's hotspot password just to show vacation photos on their Apple TV?
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Touch-first Microsoft Office for Android to beat Windows 8 version to market  —  Summary: In another example of Microsoft's mobile-first strategy, the company is expected to make the Android version of its core touch-first Office apps available months ahead of the Windows 8 variant.
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.
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
Ryan Whitwam / Geek.com:
Valve shows off updated VR headset prototype with Dota 2 demo  —  Have you heard?  Virtual reality is a thing again.  The trend kicked off by the Oculus Rift head-mounted display has ensnared companies like Sony, Samsung, and Valve, and the latter has only recently started showing off its secret VR project.
Barb Darrow / Gigaom:
Google Hangouts go corporate with integration into business apps  —  If you're not quite sure how serious Google is about wooing business users, here's another indication that it is: the company is working with enterprise-y software companies to put the Google Hangout button on their websites or applications.
Duncan Campbell / The Register:
Details of GCHQ's secret base tapping undersea cables in the Middle East revealed  —  REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE  —  Snowden leaks that UK.gov suppressed  —  Exclusive Above-top-secret details of Britain's covert surveillance programme …
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 …
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.
Brad Foreman / Google Chrome Blog:
Gooooooaal!:  Chromecast scores WatchESPN, Major League Soccer and Google+ Photos  —  Soccer, fútbol, football, jogo bonito—however you say it, there's a good chance you'll be tuning in to watch when the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ kicks off next week.
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 …
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Samsung Tizen TV prototype shows what could be in store for the Smart TV  —  Samsung has shown off a prototype Tizen TV at a Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco, showing us what could be in store for the company's range of Smart TVs in the future.  Although spokespeople at the event were keen to stress that this is merely...
Dennis Romero / LA Weekly:
Uber driver accused of kidnapping a drunk passenger and taking her to a motel, but wasn't on the Uber system at the time  —  Uber Driver Allegedly Kidnapped L.A. Club-Goer, Took Her to Motel  —  A 26-year-old female clubgoer was allegedly kidnapped by an Uber driver and taken to a motel in Panorama City, police said today.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple's Health Offerings Focus On Data Collection, Not Interpretation  —  One of the major announcements in Apple's iOS 8 presentation yesterday was the Health app and the HealthKit system that allows developers to feed data into the app.  —  HealthKit is being billed as a unifying force …

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