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June 10, 2014, 4:55 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.
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 …
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?
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …

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