June 10, 2014, 1:25 PM

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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.
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.
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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.
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 …
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?
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 …
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.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Raises $11M To Rival Facebook For Simple Online Identity  —, 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 …
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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Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
H-P To Challenge IBM In Supercomputing With Apollo  —  Hewlett-Packard is taking on International Business Machines in high-end supercomputers, the latest sign that H-P is doubling down on technology hardware while IBM pulls back from the market.  —  On Monday, H-P announced …

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