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June 12, 2014, 7:10 PM

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Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Google in talks with Virgin Galactic for stake in Sir Richard Branson's $2B space tourism venture  —  Google In Talks To Take Virgin Galactic Stake  —  Virgin Galactic flights are due to begin this year  —  Google is in talks with Virgin Galactic about a deal that will hand it crucial access …
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.
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 …
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Facebook to use web browsing history for ad targeting, will not honor do-not-track browser setting but offer opt-out and other privacy controls  —  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
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
New study suggests patent trolls really are killing startups  —  New study estimates $22 billion in VC funding was lost due to troll lawsuits.  —  Patent reform advocates have long argued that “patent trolls”—companies that do nothing but sue over patents—are harmful to innovation, not just a plague on big companies.
Chris P. / PhoneArena:
Metal Samsung Galaxy F gets snapped next to the Galaxy S5, boasts LG G3-like slim bezels  —  Somebody, somewhere, appears to have somehow gotten his hands on the yet-unreleased Samsung Galaxy F (previously referred to as Galaxy S5 Prime), and, so far, he's had a fun time teasing us.
Nick Statt / CNET News:
Yves Behar-designed smart cup Vessyl measures caffeine, sugar, and calories in beverages, ships in early 2015 for $200  —  Vessyl smart cup can tell Coke from Pepsi  —  This powerful, sensor-fitted cup identifies what you're drinking and tells you how it affects your health and hydration needs.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
PayPal Launches PassPort To Lure More International Sales From Merchants  —  PayPal and its owner eBay have been through a few tough rounds in the ring these last few months, facing calls from Carl Ichan to split the company (finished for now), a Twitter encounter with a departing …
Kelly Hodgkins / MacRumors:
Redesigned Skype 5.0 for iPhone Launching Today  —  Microsoft announced earlier this week that it was close to releasing a new version of its Skype for iOS app with a streamlined design and improved performance.  Arriving as projected, the new Skype 5.0 for iPhone is rolling out now in the iOS App Store.
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 …
Parmy Olson / Forbes:
Exclusive: Google Wants To Collect Your Health Data With ‘Google Fit’  —  Google is planning to launch a new health service called Google Fit to collect and aggregate data from popular fitness trackers and health-related apps, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the company's plans.

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