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June 10, 2014, 8:50 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.
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.
Dave Tach / Polygon:
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Second China army unit linked to hacking attacks in international space and satellite industry  —  2nd China Army Unit Implicated in Online Spying  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The email attachment looked like a brochure for a yoga studio in Toulouse, France, the center of the European aerospace industry.
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 …
Nellie Bowles / Re/code:
The Sprawling, Booming LA Tech Scene Is Having a Moment … From Santa Monica's manicured pool houses to the new downtown e-commerce warehouses, from a bland glass office park in Irvine to a grand old frat house in West Adams, Los Angeles tech is having a moment.  —  So why are there still so many surfboards?
Cade Metz / Wired:
Google Embraces Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing  —  Google is putting its considerable weight behind an open source technology that's already one of the hottest new ideas in the world of cloud computing.  —  This technology is called Docker.  You can think of it as a shipping container …
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.
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 …
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
H-P To Challenge IBM In Supercomputing With Apollo  —  Hewlett-Packard is taking on International Business Machines in high-end supercomputers, the latest sign that H-P is doubling down on technology hardware while IBM pulls back from the market.  —  On Monday, H-P announced …
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 …
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 …
Tami Abdollah / Associated Press:
Donald Sterling no longer favors selling LA Clippers to Steve Ballmer, will sue NBA  —  ATTORNEY: DONALD STERLING SAYS NO DEAL; SUIT IS ON  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for Donald Sterling says the Los Angeles Clippers owner has pulled his support from a deal to sell the team …
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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 …

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