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June 12, 2014, 11:35 AM

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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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft launches Outlook Web App pre-release for Android, requires KitKat and Office 365 business  —  Microsoft today launched a pre-release of its Outlook Web App (OWA) for Google's Android operating system.  You can download the beta now from Google Play, if you meet the requirements.
Richard Lai / Engadget:
Intel's cable-free future will use WiTricity's advanced wireless charging  —  The wireless charging space recently expanded with the introduction of A4WP's Rezence brand, followed by the participation of PC giants, Lenovo and Dell.  Now, things are about to get even more interesting as WiTricity and Intel …
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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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Feedly suffers DDoS attack as perpetrator tries to extort money [Update: The attack has been neutralized]  —  Update from Feedly: “We're making some changes to our infrastructure that will allow us to bring Feedly back online.  However, these things take some time to put into place …

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