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June 5, 2014, 9:05 AM

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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.”
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 …
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Microsoft: Software update unlocks more GPU bandwidth on Xbox One  —  The system update does not turn the system white... only the employee models do that.  —  The June system update rolling out to Xbox Ones worldwide this week includes surface-level features like external hard drive support, as we mentioned this morning.
Xbox Wire:
Tom Brewster / Guardian:
UK proposes life sentences for hackers who threaten national security  —  Life sentences for serious cyberattacks are proposed in Queen's speech  —  Any cyberattackers who cause ‘loss of life, serious injury or damage to national security’ could face full sentence
Katrina Brooker / Newsweek:
Cover story: behind the scenes with Greylock Partners  —  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.
Paul Thurrott / WindowsITPro:
Microsoft Touts New PCs, Windows Phones at Computex  —  At Computex in Taiwan on Wednesday, Microsoft touted the over 40 new Windows PC and Windows Phone handset designs showcased by its hardware partners at the show.  As you might imagine, the devices vary wildly, with more hardware makers coming …
Namo Media Blog:
Twitter acquires Namo Media to boost native mobile ads  —  We are excited to announce that Twitter is acquiring Namo Media!  —  We started Namo Media with the belief that mobile banner ads don't work for users, publishers, or advertisers.  We saw native advertising as an opportunity …
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 …
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.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Kobalt Raises $140M To Scale Up Its Digital Royalty Collection Business  —  Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a possible IPO from Spotify and a review of music licensing rules by the Justice Department are some of the big developments that have put the streaming music industry …
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 »
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 …
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 …

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Igloo:
All the coding ladies  —  Much has been said about women in technology this week as a result of Barbie once again, letting down the female population (or more appropriately, humankind as a whole) …
 

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