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June 10, 2014, 4:20 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 …
Deepa Seetharaman / Reuters:
Exclusive: Amazon.com plans local services marketplace this year - sources  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc later this year plans to launch a marketplace for local services, a broad term that encompasses anything from babysitters to handymen, several people familiar with the matter said.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Dave Tach / Polygon:
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 …
More: Gigaom and Techdirt
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 …
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 …
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
eBay's local delivery plans unravel: eBay Now may shut down  —  Two years after launching its local delivery service eBay Now, eBay plans to it down, a VentureBeat source claims.  —  Born out of the $75 million acquisition of Milo, eBay's local team launched eBay Now in 2012 alongside competing same …
More: EngadgetTweets: @ebaynowThanks:@cullenmacdonald
Tami Abdollah / Associated Press:
Donald Sterling no longer favors selling LA Clippers to Steve Ballmer, will sue NBA  —  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 …
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.

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