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June 9, 2014, 6:30 AM

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Mat Honan / Wired:
Interactive notifications in iOS 8 are a new interface frontier  —  Why Notifications Are About to Rule the Smartphone Interface  —  When iOS 8 hits, the notification center is going to be the most important screen in your iPhone.  Think about it: Notifications already …
Nick Arnott / iMore:
TestFlight in iOS 8: Explained  —  Beta testing apps has long been a pain point for iOS developers.  So it's no surprise that the announcement of TestFlight as part of iOS 8 was met with much fanfare at WWDC 2014.  Since Apple's acquisition of Burstly (makers of TestFlight) …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Great artists steal: The iOS 8 features inspired by Android  —  Apple has taken the wraps off iOS 8, its newest mobile operating system, at its WWDC keynote.  There were lots of new features added to iOS, but any observer familiar with Android saw quite a few things that seem... familiar.
io9:
Researchers claim chatbot impersonating a 13yo non-native speaker is first to beat Turing Test  —  A Chatbot Has ‘Passed’ The Turing Test For The First Time  —  A Russian chatterbot named “Eugene Goostman” has become the first to pass the Turing Test - an assessment of machine intelligence …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
‘Popcorn Time’ Gives Users Anonymity With a Free Built-In VPN  —  The Popcorn Time phenomenon took the Internet by storm earlier this year.  The software became the subject of hundreds of news articles, as it offered P2P streaming in an easy to use Netflix-style interface.
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Ruth Spencer / Guardian:
Creator of @everyword explains the life and death of a Twitter experiment  —  In 2007, Adam Parrish created an enormously popular account to tweet the English language a word at a time.  He explains why he did it and what he learned  —  Creator Adam Parrish: 'It's kind of a magical writing experiment.'
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
After ‘Godzilla Attack!’  U.S. warns about traffic-sign hackers  —  (Reuters) - After hackers played several high-profile pranks with traffic signs, including warning San Francisco drivers of a Godzilla attack, the U.S. government advised operators of electronic highway signs to take “defensive measures” to tighten security.
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
RebelMouse relaunches as a full-fledged publishing platform that's tuned for viral content  —  Two years ago, former Huffington Post chief technology officer Paul Berry launched a site called RebelMouse to give media companies and users of all kinds a way of aggregating the various pieces …
James Trew / Engadget:
LG G3 review: great display, decent battery life, but even a compact 5.5" phone can be too big  —  LG G3 review: the company's best phone yet  —  Bigger, higher resolution, simpler to use.  That's how we described LG's latest flagship, the G3, when we finally got our hands on it last week.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
“WARNING Your phone is locked!”  Crypto ransomware makes its debut on Android  —  Security researchers have documented another first in the annals of Android malware: a trojan that encrypts photos, videos, and documents stored on a device and demands a ransom for them to be restored.
Charles Graeber / Businessweek:
Safaricom's M-Pesa Turns Kenya Into a Mobile Payment Paradise  —  “Taxi, sir?”  —  It's often the first thing a visitor to a foreign country hears, an offer of services before he's found his feet.  It always feels like an invitation to get ripped off, and it frequently is.  There's almost no helping it.
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