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June 3, 2014, 6:55 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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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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.
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.

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