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June 4, 2014, 11:10 AM

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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?
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:
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Yext Raises $50 million at a $525 Million Valuation And Eyes A 2015 IPO  —  Yext, a company that helps businesses manage local listings and ad campaigns across the web, has raised a $50 million Series F round of financing.  The round gives Yext a $525 million post-money valuation, up from a $270 million valuation in 2012.
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.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft makes available first test build of ‘Visual Studio 14’  —  Summary: Microsoft has released a first preview of its its 'Visual Studio ‘14’ development environment, which the company is planning to roll out in calendar 2015.  —  Microsoft made available for download …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Cut Off Glassholes' Wi-Fi With This Google Glass Detector  —  Not a fan of Google Glass's ability to turn ordinary humans into invisibly recording surveillance cyborgs?  Now you can create your own “glasshole-free zone.”  —  Berlin artist Julian Oliver has written a simple program called Glasshole.sh …
Christina Bonnington / Wired:
A Startup Called HealthKit Isn't Pleased That Apple Is Using Its Name  —  HealthKit already exists, and it doesn't belong to Apple.  —  The HealthKit website and Twitter handle both belong to an Australian startup of the same name.  It's a global health platform connecting doctors …
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Xbox One update unlocks entertainment apps, adds real names  —  Update rolls out this week and adds external hard drive support  —  Microsoft is rolling out updates this week that will allow Xbox One owners to use external hard drives with their consoles, control their TVs using the OneGuide interface …
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.
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.
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.

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