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June 3, 2014, 8:50 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.
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
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google launches 64-bit version of Chrome, starting with Dev and Canary channels for Windows 7 and Windows 8  —  Google today announced the debut of a 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows, starting with the introduction of 64-bit Dev and Canary channels for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users.
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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
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?
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.
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 …
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Cloudera acquires big data encryption specialist Gazzang  —  Hadoop software company Cloudera has acquired Gazzang, a startup specializing in encryption software for big data environments.  It's Cloudera's first significant acquisition (it bought machine learning startup Myrrix in 2013 in more of an …
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
Nexus Q replay: Motorola's $50 Moto Stream flings music wirelessly in your home  —  Google tried and failed to create a wireless home music streamer two years ago for $200.  Now, Motorola may have the answer for one-=quarter of the price.  Even better: It doesn't just work with Android devices.
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.

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