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June 6, 2014, 7:30 PM

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Yuichiro Kanematsu / Nikkei Asian Review:
Apple plans October launch for watch-like health-monitoring device, 3-5M unit/month production  —  Apple flexes healthcare muscles with new wearable device  —  SILICON VALLEY — Apple is getting set to move to its next stage of growth with a wearable health-monitoring device …
John Paczkowski / Re/code:
October is indeed the tentative launch date for Apple's first wearable device  —  Code/red: Yes, Apple's First Wearable Device Is Slated for October  —  // HAPPENING TODAY  — Arista Networks is trading for the first time on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker ANET.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple Acquires Spotsetter, A Social Search Engine For Places  —  Spotsetter, a social search engine using big data to offer personalized recommendations as to places to go, has been quietly snapped up by Apple, TechCrunch has learned.  The technology, which involves layering social data …
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Uber has raised $1.2B on a $17B valuation, and a Q&A with CEO Travis Kalanick  —  Q&A: Travis Kalanick on Uber's New $17 Billion Valuation  —  Uber Technologies, the company that allows people to order taxis and private town cars via a smartphone app, has just raised $1.2 billion …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to offer contract-free AT&T and T-Mobile plans to customers buying full-priced iPhones  —  Apple looks to boost iPhone sales in stores with new pre-paid & month-to-month plans  —  Apple is preparing to enhance its Apple Store-based iPhone sales operations in the United States around pre-paid …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Google in talks to buy music streaming service Songza for about $15M, according to sources  —  Google in talks to buy music streaming company Songza  —  Larry Page is moving fast to build his search giant's street cred in the rapidly-growing music streaming business.
Juliette Garside / Guardian:
New transparency report from Vodafone reveals secret wires across 29 countries for government surveillance  —  Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance  —  Wires allow agencies to listen to or record live conversations, in what privacy campaigners are calling a ‘nightmare scenario’
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
YouTube Co-Founders Split As Hurley Spins Out MixBit And Chen Joins Google Ventures  —  Consider this the end of an era.  After 15 years of working together, first at PayPal and then at YouTube and most recently at incubator Avos Systems, YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen are headed in different directions.
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
Exclusive: Google Will Soon Introduce ‘Nearby’ To Let Other ‘People, Places, And Things’ Know When You're Around  —  A couple of months ago, we posted one of our early Google Search/Now rumors, and it was something of a long range rumor compared to others.  While things like parking reminders …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Yahoo confirms it will remove Facebook and Google sign-ins from Flickr after June 30  —  Yahoo earlier this year announced plans to phase out Google- and Facebook-based sign-in from its services.  The feature was initially removed from a sports service and now it is Flickr's turn …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Safari in iOS 8 uses camera to scan and enter credit card info  —  In iOS 8, Apple has a new feature in Safari that allows users to scan a credit card with the device's camera rather than manually entering the number when making a purchase online.  —  When entering a credit card number …

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