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June 11, 2014, 6:20 AM

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Deepa Seetharaman / Reuters:
Exclusive: Amazon.com plans local services marketplace this year - sources  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc later this year plans to launch a marketplace for local services, a broad term that encompasses anything from babysitters to handymen to birthday clowns, beginning with a single market, several people familiar with the matter said.
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Google Pays $500M for Satellite Maker Skybox, for Photos and Eventually Internet Access  —  Google said on Tuesday it had bought Skybox Imaging, a company that provides high-resolution photos using satellites, for $500 million in cash.  —  Google explained the deal as such …
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic Online:
Google's Skybox acquisition helps extend global internet access, enables cloud service for data about Earth  —  Google Owns a Satellite Now  —  To understand the behemoth's $500 million purchase of Skybox Imaging, don't look to the sky.  The clouds will do just fine.
Tweets: @theatlantictechThanks:@alexismadrigal
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 as of 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 …
Lisa Fleisher / Wall Street Journal:
Taxi Drivers Plan Big Protests in Europe Against Uber  —  Planned Demonstrations in London, Madrid, France, Berlin Highlight Challenges Facing Uber and Its Peers  —  LONDON—Taxi drivers planned to turn a handful of European city centers into giant parking lots Wednesday …
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.
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.
Liz Stinson / Wired:
Preorders open for Ringly, a $145-180 Bluetooth ring that vibrates and blinks with phone notifications  —  This Jewelry Lights Up and Buzzes When Your Phone Needs You  —  We've all done it: You're at a restaurant, enjoying a nice moment with a friend when all of a sudden you hear your phone buzz.
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
Longtime Apple-accessory distributor Dr. Bott files for bankruptcy  —  Online retailer and distributor Dr. Bott, a fixture in the Apple-accessory market since the late 1990s, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in its home state of Oregon, according to public records and information provided to Macworld.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Lady Gaga's Backplane Pivots To Let You Build And Monetize Your Own Social Network  —  Why should Facebook or Ning earn the money if you bring the audience?  Backplane wants to put that cash in your pocket.  That's why it's pivoting from building social networks for big brands and celebrities …
Tweets: @mcmichelsen
Sam Gustin / Motherboard:
The FCC Was Hacked After John Oliver Called for Net Neutrality Trolls  —  When HBO host John Oliver called for Internet trolls to deluge the Federal Communications Commission with comments about net neutrality, he may not have expected for the FCC's site to get shut down.
More: Engadget and The VergeTweets: @digiphile
Tom Wheeler / Official FCC Blog:
Wheeler: state laws hurt broadband access in places like Chattanooga; FCC could preempt rules  —  Removing Barriers to Competitive Community Broadband  —  If any city understands the power of networks to drive economic growth, it's Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Dan Rayburn / StreamingMediaBlog.com:
New Data Questions Netflix's Assertion That ISPs Are At Fault For Poor Quality  —  In the Netflix versus ISPs peering dispute, there are a lot of opinions and debate around who's at fault for letting some peering points degrade and who should be responsible for upgrading them.
Paul Carsten / Reuters:
Alibaba to buy out UCWeb in China's ‘biggest’ internet merger  —  (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [IPO-ALIB.N] said on Wednesday it will buy all the remaining shares of mobile browser firm UCWeb in the biggest merger in Chinese internet history, as the e-commerce giant steps up its spending spree ahead of its U.S. listing.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Samsung Chromebook 2 review: excellent portability & battery, processor struggles to multitask  —  Samsung Chromebook 2 review  —  Still waiting for the truly great, truly beautiful, truly portable Chromebook  —  Two years ago, Samsung made the first great Chromebook.
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Google's university book scanning can move ahead without authors' OK  —  A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the right of universities, in conjunction with Google, to scan millions of library books without the authors' permission.  —  The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google demotes Chrome feature that would hide full Web addresses  —  Those who want their browser to show Web sites' full addresses gain a victory as Google opts to put the “origin chip” idea on the back burner.  —  The actions Google takes with its Chrome browser cast a long shadow.

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