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June 5, 2014, 2:00 AM

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Xbox Wire:
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple introduces MFi specs for Lightning cable headphones, support arriving in future iOS update  —  We've learned Apple has quietly introduced a new specification for manufacturers in its Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) program that allows them to create headphones that connect to iOS devices using …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Netflix Nags Another New Partner, Blaming Verizon for Slow Streams  —  Earlier this year, Netflix signed a Web traffic deal with Comcast, then complained about it.  —  Here's a new version of the story: In April, Netflix signed a Web traffic deal with Verizon.
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Hundreds of Cities Are Wired With Fiber—But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unused  —  In light of the ongoing net neutrality battle, many people have begun looking to Google and its promise of high-speed fiber as a potential saving grace from companies that want to create an “internet fast lane.”
Katrina Brooker / Newsweek:
How Greylock Partners Finds the Next Facebook  —  One sunny day in March, Gagan Biyani, the young and hugely ambitious CEO of Sprig—a company so new you probably have never heard of it—stepped into the main conference room at 2550 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, California.
Sam Biddle / Valleywag:
Sources: Fab slowly shutting down; remaining NY employees to be gradually let go over 6 months  —  Fab.com Is Probably Dead This Year  —  There hasn't been a single piece of good news from Fab.com in a very long time.  Layoffs, mismanagement, plummeting morale, and executive reshuffles …
Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint, T-Mobile Move Closer to a $32 Billion Deal  —  Sprint Would Buy T-Mobile for Around $40 a Share in Merger That Likely Would Face Regulator Scrutiny  —  Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. have agreed on the broad terms of a merger worth around $32 billion and are working toward a final agreement …
Abhijeet M. / SamMobile:
Samsung Z's Tizen OS demoed on video  —  Samsung unveiled its first Tizen-powered smartphone yesterday, the Samsung Z, which is slated to go on sale in Russia in the third quarter of this year.  The Samsung Z, being the first commercial Tizen phone, runs what is the final consumer version of Tizen …
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Amazon's 3D Smartphone Is Coming June 18  —  Amazon is holding a product annoucnement on June 18.  —  It's probably for the long-rumored Amazon smartphone.  —  Developing...refresh for updates.  —  The company posted this video to YouTube that teases the product:  —  Join the conversation about this story »
Christina Cocca / NBC Southern California:
Donald Sterling agrees to sell LA Clippers to Steve Ballmer  —  Donald Sterling Agrees to Sell Clippers for $2 Billion  —  A vote by the NBA Board of Governors will be needed to make the sale final  —  Donald Sterling officially announced Wednesday that he, the NBA and his estranged wife Shelly …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple's New iPhone Ad Stars A Bunch Of Health Gadgets That Are Not An iWatch  —  Somewhere in my basement I have a Presidential Fitness Award signed by George H.W. Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  I think I had to do 50 pushups or something to qualify — it's a good thing that I took the test …
Seamus Byrne / CNET:
Intel demos wireless display, docking, and charging features planned for Skylake reference designs in 2016  —  Intel aims to eliminate all PC cables in 2016  —  Goodbye rat's nest!  Intel says wireless power, docking and connectivity will form the basis of its post-Broadwell “Skylake” reference designs.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
In addition to Soundcloud, Twitter also reportedly considered acquiring Pandora and Spotify  —  Last month, a Recode rumor suggested Twitter was looking to buy Soundcloud, only to have a WSJ rumor say that “the numbers didn't add up” for a deal to go through.

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