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June 10, 2014, 1:05 AM

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Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook accidentally launches, then pulls Snapchat competitor Slingshot  —  After recently killing off Poke, its first Snapchat competitor, Facebook is back with a second shot at ephemeral messaging.  The new app, called Slingshot, lets you quickly send photos and videos to friends inside a minimal messaging interface.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Time to Monetize Messenger?  PayPal's President David Marcus Jumps to Facebook to Run Messaging Unit  —  David Marcus, who runs the PayPal online payments service for eBay, is moving to Facebook to become head of its messaging products.  —  This is a very big Silicon Valley poach by Facebook …
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Vita TV becomes PlayStation TV in the US, Europe and Canada for $99 this fall  —  The Vita TV is coming to America!  It's just going to get a bit of an identity change first.  Now the micro-console will be called PlayStation TV for North American and European audiences.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Lack of Apple Maps updates at WWDC said to be caused by departures and internal politics  —  Apple's Maps Are Still Lost  —  Apple, during WWDC last week, delivered some significant updates across various parts of its business.  It released, among other things, some 4,000 new APIs …
Deepa Seetharaman / Reuters:
Amazon to launch online subscription and billing payments for startups, competing with Paypal  —  Amazon expands middleman role in latest online payments push  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will start managing subscription payments for start-ups and other companies - the latest in a series …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft bets on Kinect-like gestures for the future of Windows Phone  —  Microsoft is trying to cram Kinect-like features into its future flagship Windows Phone handsets.  At least one device, codenamed McLaren, will debut on a range of US carriers later this year with features that let you hover …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple Begins Rejecting Apps That Offer Rewards For Video Views, Social Sharing  —  Apple has begun to crack down on tools that app developers use to monetize and grow their applications, including incentivized video viewing and rewarded social sharing, as well as discovery tools that allow users …
John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Tim Cook looks to fill Apple comms VP position with a “friendlier, more approachable face”  —  Code/red: Apple Looks Outside for New Comms VP  —  // HAPPENING TODAY  — Apple shares split seven-for-one.  — E3 begins.  — Netflix holds its annual meeting.
Fortune:
GoDaddy files for IPO  —  GoDaddy revs up IPO  —  The Internet domain registrar with a raunchy reputation previously scrapped IPO plans in 2006.  GoDaddy Group, an Internet hosting company and domain registrar with a reputation for raunchy ads, today filed for an initial public offering …
Nick Statt / CNET News:
At E3 2014, Microsoft's Xbox One focus is all about games  —  Microsoft dedicated its Xbox One press conference to ensuring players that it's not the company that trotted out a controversial console last year.  This time, games come first.  —  Josh Miller/CNET
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
PayPal Co-Founder Max Levchin Raises $45 Million for Startup Affirm  —  Max Levchin spent a year searching for the perfect person to lead his new online-lending startup until he realized it was him.  —  Levchin, a serial entrepreneur who co-founded payments company PayPal and game maker Slide …
Leo Mirani / Quartz:
iOS 8 randomizes MAC address when scanning for WiFi, deterring location tracking by marketers  —  A tiny technical change in iOS 8 could stop marketers spying on you  —  This item has been corrected.  —  Whenever you walk around a major Western city with your phone's Wi-Fi turned on …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Secret Is Taking Its Anonymous Networking App To Schools, Workplaces With New “Secret Dens” Feature  —  Anonymous social networking app Secret, a popular watercooler for Silicon Valley gossip, and now, much more thanks to recent expansions, has just announced a new feature called “Secret Dens …
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Now Backed By Sir Richard Branson, TransferWise Raises $25M For Cheaper Money Transfers  —  A couple of months back, European money transfer startup TransferWise hit a major (PR) milestone.  Its platform had processed £1 billion of customers' money, an eight-fold increase from the previous year.

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