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June 11, 2014, 11:20 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.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Amazon Prime music streaming could launch as early as this week with Sony and Warner, but without Universal  —  Amazon Said to Be Close to Unveiling Music Streaming Service  —  Amazon is planning to introduce a limited music streaming feature as early as this week, according to several people briefed on the company's plans.
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:
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Oculus expects to sell “north of a million units” for first consumer Rift  —  Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe (left) says he's not expecting “a console-scale market” right out of the gate.  —  With a recent high-profile buyout to the tune of $2 billion, you might think Facebook and Oculus are expecting …
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 …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Comcast to test its YouTube competitor by the end of the year  —  Comcast is looking to test a new platform for the distribution of online videos through its new X1 cable set-top boxes by the end of the year, the company's SVP of Video Matt Strauss confirmed during an interview at the sidelines of the TV of Tomorrow Show this week.
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:
Tricia Duryee / GeekWire:
Watch out, Yelp: Amazon has been quietly collecting local reviews for a month  —  Amazon has quietly launched the ability for customers to write reviews for local restaurants, spas and activities, putting it squarely in competition with other online services, like Yelp, Angie's List or Google's Zagat.
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
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.

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SAY Media / SAY Daily:
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AdExchanger:
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