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June 5, 2014, 10:55 AM

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble Taps Samsung As Hardware Partner For New NOOK Tablets  —  Barnes & Noble's e-reader and tablet division has been in a bit of a tailspin over the past couple of years, but today it announced that it'll be taking a different approach through a new partnership with Samsung.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Swift: Apple's next-generation programming language 4 years in the making  —  Swift, Apple's new programming language billed as taking the C out of Objective-C, was one of the biggest surprises at WWDC 2014.  The Swift project started at Apple roughly 4 years ago as one of several explorations …
Matthew J. Belvedere / CNBC:
Marc Andreessen: Snowden a traitor, secrets he revealed have damaged US tech companies  —  Snowden a ‘traitor’: Andreessen  —  NSA leaker Edward Snowden is a “traitor,” venture capitalist Marc Andreessen told CNBC.  The secrets he's revealed have hurt Silicon Valley by association …
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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 …
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.
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 …

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