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June 11, 2014, 2:20 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 …
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.
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 …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Twitter restores TweetDeck service after XSS vulnerability allowed pop-up windows, unwanted retweets  —  TweetDeck vulnerability lets attackers execute code remotely  —  A newly discovered vulnerability in TweetDeck is allowing attackers to remotely execute javascript code.
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 …
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 …
Caitlin McGarry / TechHive:
New social network Fatdoor uses robots to connect neighbors (yes, really)  —  Fatdoor is the kind of neighborhood social network that would work perfectly in a small, tech-friendly town like Palo Alto, in the heart of Silicon Valley.  Founder Raj Abhyanker envisions a day when neighbors …
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 …
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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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.
Electronista:
Evernote, Feedly servers affected, hit with denial of service attacks  —  Evernote recovers from multi-hour DDoS attack, Feedly continues to suffer  —  Two prominent web properties have come under fire from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in the last 24 hours.
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:
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.
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.
Dara Kerr / CNET News:
FAA approves first commercial use of drones over land  —  BP energy corporation and drone maker AeroVironment are given the OK to fly an unmanned Puma aircraft over Alaska to survey pipelines, roads, and equipment.  —  AeroVironment's Puma drone being hand-launched in Alaska.  —  AeroVironment
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Index Ventures Raises New $550M Early-Stage Fund For Europe, The US And Israel  —  Index Ventures has announced a new early-stage, €400 million ($550 million) fund aimed at tech startups in Europe, US and Israel.  This is its seventh early-stage fund and part of a total €3 billion …

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