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June 11, 2014, 6:00 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 …
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 …
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.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Twitter restores TweetDeck service after fixing XSS vulnerability that allowed tweets to execute code  —  TweetDeck vulnerability lets attackers execute code remotely  —  A newly discovered vulnerability in TweetDeck is allowing attackers to remotely execute javascript code.
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.
Dwight Silverman / Houston Chronicle:
Comcast turning 150k routers rented by Houston customers into public Wi-Fi hotspots by July  —  Comcast is turning your Xfinity router into a public Wi-Fi hotspot [Updated]  —  Update: Comcast has turned on the first 50,000 residential hotspots.  —  Original post:
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 …
David Pierce / The Verge:
The Verge announces This Is My Next, a Wirecutter-like buying guide that's “all about the best things”  —  Welcome to This Is My Next, your buying guide for the future  —  If you write about technology, work in technology, or just spend regular time near technology, the questions come early and they come often.
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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
BitTorrent announces its server-less chat app will allow sign up via email, phone number, or nothing at all  —  BitTorrent today released an internal alpha of its server-less chat app.  The company says a private alpha launch is still “right around the corner,” but it decided to share …
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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Ina Fried / Re/code:
Lytro Partners With 500px, Opens File Format Letting its Pictures Live More Places  —  One of the big challenges for light-field photography startup Lytro has been dealing with the fact that it has to fit into a world that understands photos and video, but isn't well suited or even interested …
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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 …
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.

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