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June 11, 2014, 4:25 AM

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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 …
Lisa Fleisher / Wall Street Journal:
Taxi Drivers Plan Big Protests in Europe Against Uber  —  Planned Demonstrations in London, Madrid, France, Berlin Highlight Challenges Facing Uber and Its Peers  —  LONDON—Taxi drivers planned to turn a handful of European city centers into giant parking lots Wednesday …
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
How a credulous media repeated dubious claims of a Turing Test milestone  —  No, A ‘Supercomputer’ Did NOT Pass The Turing Test For The First Time And Everyone Should Know Better  —  So, this weekend's news in the tech world was flooded with a “story” about how a “chatbot” passed the Turing Test for …
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.
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
Longtime Apple-accessory distributor Dr. Bott files for bankruptcy  —  Online retailer and distributor Dr. Bott, a fixture in the Apple-accessory market since the late 1990s, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in its home state of Oregon, according to public records and information provided to Macworld.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Lady Gaga's Backplane Pivots To Let You Build And Monetize Your Own Social Network  —  Why should Facebook or Ning earn the money if you bring the audience?  Backplane wants to put that cash in your pocket.  That's why it's pivoting from building social networks for big brands and celebrities …
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Tom Wheeler / Official FCC Blog:
Wheeler: state laws hurt broadband access in places like Chattanooga; FCC could preempt rules  —  Removing Barriers to Competitive Community Broadband  —  If any city understands the power of networks to drive economic growth, it's Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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 …
Dan Rayburn / StreamingMediaBlog.com:
New Data Questions Netflix's Assertion That ISPs Are At Fault For Poor Quality  —  In the Netflix versus ISPs peering dispute, there are a lot of opinions and debate around who's at fault for letting some peering points degrade and who should be responsible for upgrading them.
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.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Samsung Chromebook 2 review: excellent portability & battery, processor struggles to multitask  —  Samsung Chromebook 2 review  —  Still waiting for the truly great, truly beautiful, truly portable Chromebook  —  Two years ago, Samsung made the first great Chromebook.
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 …

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