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June 11, 2014, 8:10 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.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Powerful worm on Twitter unleashes torrent of out-of-control tweets  —  Twitter on Wednesday was briefly overrun by a powerful computer worm that caused tens of thousands of users to tweet a message that contained self-propagating code exploiting a bug in the TweetDeck app.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Firefox OS smartphones as cheap as $25 launching in India and Indonesia later this year  —  India, Indonesia to Get $25 Smartphones  —  Mozilla's Firefox Operating System Powers Devices Priced for Emerging Markets  —  SHANGHAI—Smartphones as cheap as $25 powered by Mozilla Corp.'s software …
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 …
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 …
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.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
US Appeals Court rules warrantless phone location tracking is illegal  —  Summary: A panel of appeals judges has ruled that police must obtain a warrant before collecting cellphone location data, adding further weight to the pro-privacy argument.  —  Zack Whittaker
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 …
More: Fortune and VentureBeat
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 …

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Zoho:
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