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June 10, 2014, 3:30 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 …
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.
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
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.  Not so.  —  Michael Lopp  —  The company today announced two big hires: First, Michael Lopp …
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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.
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.
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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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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 …
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 …
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?

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