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June 10, 2014, 6:40 PM

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Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Google Pays $500M for Satellite Maker Skybox, for Photos and Eventually Internet Access  —  Google said on Tuesday it had bought Skybox Imaging, a company that provides high-resolution photos using satellites, for $500 million in cash.  —  Google explained the deal as such …
Ann-Christine Diaz / AdAge:
Apple is urgently building an internal ad agency of 1000 people, poaching industry executives, pitting internal creative against external agencies  —  For Apple, Marketing Is a Whole New Game  —  Here's What the Company's Doing to Regain Its Edge  —  By Ann-Christine Diaz, Maureen Morrison.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Honeywell takes on Nest with $279 Lyric smart thermostat, available in Lowe's stores by August  —  The heat is on: Honeywell is finally ready to challenge the Nest thermostat  —  The Lyric thermostat builds on Nest's iconic design  —  The idea of a connected home …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Pinterest hires veteran Apple executives Michael Lopp and Bob Baxley to lead engineering and product design  —  Pinterest Hires Long-Time Apple Execs to Lead Engineering and Product Design  —  You might think that with its $5 billion valuation, Pinterest would have its senior management largely set.
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
About.me Raises $11M To Rival Facebook For Simple Online Identity  —  About.me, the second-time around startup that lets you create a simple page about yourself online that others can use to find out a bit more about you, is today announcing another round funding, its second since getting spun …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Dropbox For Business Acquires MobileSpan To Make Bring-Your-Own-Device More Secure  —  Dropbox has just acquired MobileSpan, a startup that helps enterprise employees access corporate firewalled content securely.  MobileSpan will shut down at the end of 2014, and active development will cease immediately.
Jen Yamato / Deadline.com:
Alamo Drafthouse Bans Google Glass In Movie Theaters  —  Google Glass wearers have one fewer place to sport their wearable devices.  Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League made his company's policy official today, announcing that the cinema chain will ban use of Google Glass once house lights dim and trailers begin.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google demotes Chrome feature that would hide full Web addresses  —  Those who want their browser to show Web sites' full addresses gain a victory as Google opts to put the “origin chip” idea on the back burner.  —  The actions Google takes with its Chrome browser cast a long shadow.
More: 9to5Google
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Google's university book scanning can move ahead without authors' OK  —  A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the right of universities, in conjunction with Google, to scan millions of library books without the authors' permission.  —  The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Placed Raises $10 Million Series B For Mobile-Powered Location Analytics  —  Location-based analytics provider Placed, which operates an opt-in mobile surveying panel that now reaches over 175,000 people, is announcing $10 million in Series B funding in a round led by Two Sigma Ventures, the VC arm of Two Sigma Investments.
Liz Stinson / Wired:
Preorders open for Ringly, a $145-180 Bluetooth ring that vibrates and blinks with phone notifications  —  This Jewelry Lights Up and Buzzes When Your Phone Needs You  —  We've all done it: You're at a restaurant, enjoying a nice moment with a friend when all of a sudden you hear your phone buzz.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Sony formally announces PlayStation original sci-fi series ‘Powers’  —  We heard rumors that it was in the works a few months ago but Sony has now made it official: the first original television show for the PlayStation is coming, and it is called Powers.  An adaptation of the graphic novel written …
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Adds Audible Integration To iOS And Android Kindle Apps For Easy Listening  —  Sometimes you want to read, and sometimes you want to listen - and you might get through more books if you can switch easily between the two options.  Amazon recognizes this, and has used its Audible acquisition …

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