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June 10, 2014, 9:00 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 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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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 …
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.
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.
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Cisco report says video to make up 84% of all US internet traffic by 2018, up from current 78%  —  Cat Videos, Binge TV Watching Will Account for 84 Percent of Internet Traffic, Cisco Says  —  Internet traffic will likely more than double in five years, and much of it will be used for online video …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
eBay: We're not killing our same-day delivery service  —  But plans of expanding to 25 cities by end of the year have been shelved.  The rumors about eBay Now's demise are greatly exaggerated.  “There are no plans to shut down our same-day delivery offering for eBay Now,” eBay Senior Vice President Christopher Payne told Fortune.
More: VentureBeat and SiliconBeatThanks:@jpmanga

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