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June 12, 2014, 9:45 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.
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 …
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
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  —  New privacy controls, telling users why each Facebook ad is targeted to them  —  FX  —  Through its ubiquitous “like” …
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.
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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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 …
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Google in talks with Virgin Galactic for stake in Sir Richard Branson's 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 …
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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Wallet's 2-Click Instant Buy Checkout Comes To iOS  —  About a year ago, Google Wallet launched its Instant Buy API for Android apps, and today it is bringing it to iOS apps.  With Instant Buy, developers can integrate Google Wallet's checkout into their apps and have users check out with as few as two clicks.
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 …
Tricia Duryee / GeekWire:
Watch out, Yelp: Amazon has been quietly collecting local reviews for a month  —  Amazon has quietly launched the ability for customers to write reviews for local restaurants, spas and activities, putting it squarely in competition with other online services, like Yelp, Angie's List or Google's Zagat.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Lytro Partners With 500px, Opens File Format Letting its Pictures Live More Places  —  One of the big challenges for light-field photography startup Lytro has been dealing with the fact that it has to fit into a world that understands photos and video, but isn't well suited or even interested …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Powerful worm on Twitter unleashes torrent of out-of-control tweets  —  Twitter on Wednesday was briefly overrun by a powerful computer worm that caused tens of thousands of users to tweet a message that contained self-propagating code exploiting a bug in the TweetDeck app.
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