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June 11, 2014, 2:15 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 …
Bloomberg:
Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic From London to Berlin  —  Uber Technologies Inc., the car-sharing service that's rankling cabbies across the U.S., is fighting its biggest protest from European drivers who say the smartphone application threatens their livelihoods.
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 …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Twitter restores TweetDeck service after XSS vulnerability allowed pop-up windows, unwanted retweets  —  TweetDeck vulnerability lets attackers execute code remotely  —  A newly discovered vulnerability in TweetDeck is allowing attackers to remotely execute javascript code.
Dwight Silverman / Houston Chronicle:
Comcast turning 150k routers rented by Houston customers into 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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Leslie Picker / Bloomberg:
GoPro Seeking Value of Up to $3 Billion in Camera Maker's IPO  —  GoPro Inc., which made about $1 billion last year selling cameras to surfers, skiers and sky divers, is seeking a market valuation as high as $3 billion in its initial public offering.  —  The company intends to sell 17.8 million shares …
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 …
Ashlee Vance / Businessweek:
HP Labs working on new computer architecture with new OS and memristor-based memory  —  With ‘The Machine,’ HP May Have Invented a New Kind of Computer  —  If Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard are spinning in their graves, they may be due for a break.
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.
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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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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google Glass update adds photo syncing, Google Now cards for World Cup, parking location, and package tracking  —  Google today announced the latest update to its Glass project, adding five new features for those who have shelled out $1,500 for the wearable device.
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 …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Formlabs' second-gen pro 3D printer is 50 percent faster  —  Formlabs' Form1 was a top dog among 3D printers when it first shipped, but others have stepped up their game in the past year.  It's about time for an upgrade, don't you think?  Appropriately, the company has just unveiled the Form1+ …

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