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June 11, 2014, 12:15 PM

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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
In another supplier confrontation, Amazon stops taking preorders for forthcoming Warner movies  —  Amazon Stops Taking Advance Orders for ‘Lego’ and Other Warner Videos  —  The Everything Store is shrinking again.  Amazon customers who want to order forthcoming Warner Home Video features …
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 …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
As London cabbies protest, Uber launches UberTaxi platform for London cabbies  —  Up to 12,000 black-cab drivers (cabbies) are expected to fill the streets of London today, in protest against technology-enabled services such as Uber.  Their gripe?  Uber allows its users to beckon a cab …
Bonnie Cha / Re/code:
SwiftKey Ditches Paid App, Goes Free With Launch of New Themes Store  —  SwiftKey, the popular predictive keyboard for Android, is going free today — and not just for a limited time.  —  The change is part of an update rolling out to the app now, which also includes the launch …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Caitlin McGarry / TechHive:
New social network Fatdoor uses robots to connect neighbors (yes, really)  —  Fatdoor is the kind of neighborhood social network that would work perfectly in a small, tech-friendly town like Palo Alto, in the heart of Silicon Valley.  Founder Raj Abhyanker envisions a day when neighbors …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Lowercase Capital Is Raising A New $25M Fund, Led By Matt Mazzeo  —  Lowercase Capital is raising another $25 million, we're hearing.  This is notable for a couple of reasons: Due to its Uber investment, Lowercase Capital's very first fund — a modest $8.5 million raised in 2010 …
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Electronista:
Evernote, Feedly servers affected, hit with denial of service attacks  —  Evernote recovers from multi-hour DDoS attack, Feedly continues to suffer  —  Two prominent web properties have come under fire from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in the last 24 hours.
Phil Milford / Bloomberg:
Facebook, Zuckerberg Sued Over Directors' Compensation  —  Facebook Inc. (FB:US) and Chairman Mark Zuckerberg's program of letting company directors set their own pay, capped at stock currently worth $145 million per person, wastes corporate assets, an investor said in a lawsuit.
Dara Kerr / CNET News:
FAA approves first commercial use of drones over land  —  BP energy corporation and drone maker AeroVironment are given the OK to fly an unmanned Puma aircraft over Alaska to survey pipelines, roads, and equipment.  —  AeroVironment's Puma drone being hand-launched in Alaska.  —  AeroVironment
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Index Ventures Raises New $550M Early-Stage Fund For Europe, The US And Israel  —  Index Ventures has announced a new early-stage, €400 million ($550 million) fund aimed at tech startups in Europe, US and Israel.  This is its seventh early-stage fund and part of a total €3 billion …
Dwight Silverman / Houston Chronicle:
Comcast turning 150k routers rented by Houston customers into of public Wi-Fi hotspots by July  —  Comcast turns Houston home routers into 150,000 public hotspots  —  Comcast is expected to flip a switch Tuesday in Houston that will turn 50,000 of its customers' home Wi-Fi routers into a massive network of public Wi-Fi hotspots.
Paul Vigna / Wall Street Journal:
Expedia Starts Accepting Bitcoin for Hotel Bookings … Expedia , the big online travel site, announced on Wednesday it will begin accepting bitcoin for hotel bookings through its website, becoming the first major travel-agency to take the digital currency.  If the reception is good …
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Apple's Irish tax avoidance schemes come under formal European investigation  —  European authorities have launched a probe into whether Apple's corporate income tax arrangements in Ireland are legal, or whether they qualify as unlawful state aid.  —  Ireland is the base of choice …
Katy Stech / Wall Street Journal:
CoinLab Agrees to Support Mt. Gox's U.S. Bankruptcy Efforts  —  Move Marks Change of Course for CoinLab, Which Won't Oppose Bankruptcy Protection for Mt. Gox  —  Bitcoin company CoinLab Inc. has thrown its support behind Japanese bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox's U.S. bankruptcy case …
More: newsBTC and CoinDesk
Sam Gustin / Motherboard:
The FCC Was Hacked After John Oliver Called for Net Neutrality Trolls  —  When HBO host John Oliver called for Internet trolls to deluge the Federal Communications Commission with comments about net neutrality, he may not have expected for the FCC's site to get shut down.
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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