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June 12, 2014, 12:55 PM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Prime Music service debuts: Ad-free streaming, 90K albums, 1M songs, but few hits  —  Amazon Turns On Prime Music Streaming, Sans Current Hits  —  There have been a lot of murmurs that Amazon would turn on a new music streaming service this week, and it looks like that's just what it quietly did a little while ago.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Amazon Launches Prime Music Service without Universal Music Group  —  The Amazon music service you've been hearing about for many months is live.  If you're in a rush, here's what you need to know:  —  *It's free for Amazon Prime members.  —  *It's just like Spotify and other subscription services, but with much less music.
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Facebook to use web browsing history for ad targeting, will not honor do-not-track browser setting  —  Facebook to Use Web Browsing History For Ad Targeting  —  Company Also Rolls Out Beefed-up Privacy Controls, but Won't Honor Do-Not-Track Browser Setting
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Twitter COO Steps Down From Job on Twitter, But Stays as Strategic Advisor  —  Ali Rowghani, COO of Twitter, resigned from his job at the social networking site, announcing the move in a tweet.  But he is not leaving the company  —  Re/code had reported yesterday that the exec was under fire inside …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Here's the iPad split-screen app mode Apple is working on in iOS 8 (video)  —  As we reported in May, Apple is working on a split-screen multitasking feature for iPad apps for a version of iOS 8.  The feature, akin to the key productivity function on the Microsoft Surface …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Intel loses court challenge against $1.44 billion EU fine  —  (Reuters) - U.S. chipmaker Intel (INTC.O) lost on Thursday its challenge against a record 1.06-billion-euro ($1.44 billion) fine handed down by European Union antitrust regulators five years ago for blocking rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD.N).
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Starbucks starts rolling out wireless phone chargers nationwide  —  Starbucks plans to install Powermat's wireless charging stations at its coffee stores across the US.  After a small pilot run with these “Powermat Spots” — small circles that are seamlessly implanted in tables and counters …
Andrea Peterson / Washington Post:
NSA: Our systems are so complex we can't stop them from deleting data wanted for lawsuit  —  This June 6, 2013 file photo shows the sign outside the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  —  The National Security Agency recently used a novel argument …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Ars tests Internet surveillance—by spying on an NPR reporter  —  On a bright April morning in Menlo Park, California, I became an Internet spy.  —  This was easier than it sounds because I had a willing target.  I had partnered with National Public Radio (NPR) tech correspondent Steve Henn for an experiment in Internet surveillance.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
SiSense Raises $30M More To Bring Big Data Analytics To Businesspeople  —  SiSense, a business intelligence startup that is among those making big data analytics accessible to ordinary business users (and not just data scientists) is today announcing more funding: a $30 million Series C round led …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Huawei launches its first webstore in US, starts selling self-branded unlocked Ascend Mate2  —  Can this Chinese phone giant make it in America?  —  Huawei launches its first self-branded phone and webstore in the US  —  If you were to ask the average American consumer to name a company …
Russian Legal Information Agency:
Former Russian Microsoft employee sentenced in US to three months in prison  —  Federal District Court in Seattle on Tuesday sentenced former Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo, who was charged with stealing and then leaking company secrets, to three months in prison, according to the court documents.
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 …
Andy Weir / Neowin:
Pinterest finally arrives on Windows Phone  —  Slowly, but surely, the app-gap is being filled on Windows Phone, and the latest addition to the platform is one that users have been awaiting for quite some time.  Today, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore announced that Pinterest has finally made it to Windows Phone.
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter partners with The Weather Co. to offer targeted ads based on local weather conditions  —  Weather-Informed Ads are Coming to Twitter  —  The Weather Company has partnered with Twitter to bring weather-informed advertising to the social network.  —  The relationship will allow marketers …

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