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June 9, 2014, 10:25 PM

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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Google search results may indicate ‘right to be forgotten’ censorship  —  Search engine considering alert at bottom of results pages to show links have been removed after landmark EU privacy ruling  —  Google is planning to flag up search results it has censored following a controversial ruling …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Okta Scores $75M In Final Round Of Funding; Hopes To Go Public In A Couple Of Years  —  Today, Okta, a company that offers Identity as a Service that works across on-premises applications and cloud services, announced $75M in Series E funding.  CEO Todd McKinnon told me he expects …

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