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June 13, 2014, 1:30 AM

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Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy Tab S: 8.4-inch for $399, 10.5-inch for $499, available in July, still following Apple's lead  —  Samsung's razor-thin Galaxy Tab S takes another run at the iPad  —  The 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S tablets arrive next month  —  For a long time, Samsung's been trying to take down the iPad.
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:
Samsung bets big on fingerprint scanning in its war with Apples iPad  —  New Galaxy Tab S is thinner, lighter and first to use a high-resolution OLED screen, but is it enough to beat the iPad Air?  —  Samsung has beaten Apple to a fingerprint-reading tablet with the launch …
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Galaxy Tab S First Look: It's Like a Huge Galaxy S5  —  There may be 10 different Samsung tablets on sale right now—yes, 10, and that's just in the U.S.—but I couldn't really tell you what's special about any.  The company is hoping to change that with the all-new Galaxy Tab S …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter Media Head Chloe Sladden Is Leaving  —  Chloe Sladden, the high-profile executive in charge of Twitter's media unit, is leaving the company.  Sources familiar with the company say she informed her team of her plans today; later, she announced her departure publicly via a series of tweets.
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.
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.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
US will auction bitcoins seized from Silk Road, bidders must deposit $200,000  —  The United States government announced Thursday that it will sell the nearly 30,000 bitcoins it seized last year from Silk Road, a notorious online marketplace for drugs and hitmen, in a 12-hour auction on June 27.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Firefox 31 beta arrives with search on new tab page, revamped developer tools, and Android runtime improvements  —  Following the release of Firefox 30 just two days ago, Mozilla today updated its Firefox Beta channel to version 31 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.

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