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June 13, 2014, 3:15 PM

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Drew FitzGerald / Wall Street Journal:
Priceline to Buy OpenTable for $2.6 Billion  —  Priceline Group Inc. agreed to buy restaurant booking service OpenTable Inc. for $2.6 billion in cash, broadening the online travel giant's offering into a new field at a time when some of its more established brands mature.
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
Google's Quantum Paper framework to unify Android and web app UIs, will be available to third-party developers  —  Exclusive: Quantum Paper And Google's Upcoming Effort To Make Consistent UI Simple  —  There have been a lot of leaks and rumors leading up to Google I/O this year.
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Twitter brings Bing translation to iOS, expands use on Web  —  Seeing the World Cup as a chance to lower language barriers, the social site enables translation in its iPhone and iPad app, and Twitter.com timeline.  It's a win for Bing.  —  Twitter has begun using Bing-based language translation in its iOS app.
Amazon.com:
75% of Kindle Fire HDX Customer Questions Now Come via the Mayday Button—Average Response Time is Just 9.75 Seconds  —  Eight months ago, Amazon launched the Mayday button, connecting you to live, on-device tech support 24x7, 365 days a year—for free.  Today, Amazon announced that the Mayday button …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft says it's too early to monetize Cortana, thinks about bringing it to Android and iOS  —  Microsoft: No Plans For Ads In Cortana Yet; Debating Bringing To Androids & iOS  —  It's far too early to consider monetizing Cortana, Microsoft's new virtual personal assistant …
Bloomberg:
China's Uber-like service Yongche launching in SF and NY with Mandarin-speaking drivers  —  China's Uber Targets U.S. With Mandarin-Speaking Drivers  —  Yongche.com, China's largest mobile car-sharing service, is preparing to challenge Uber Technologies Inc. on its home turf of San Francisco and New York.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple says some European iPhone USB adapters ‘may pose a safety risk’, announces free replacement program  —  Apple has today announced a replacement program for some European iPhone USB adapters.  The company says that it has identified that some USB adapters bundled with iPhones …
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.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google and ESPN partner to put World Cup highlights in search  —  If you're stuck in a cubicle at work and unable to watch every minute of the World Cup, Google and ESPN will at least help you keep up with the latest highlights.  The two companies have teamed up to pair both in-progress …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
The FCC is going to scrutinize Netflix's deals with Comcast, Verizon — and others, too  —  U.S. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies before the House Communications and Technology panel on Capitol Hill in Washington December 12, 2013.  REUTERS/Gary Cameron  —  Netflix's continued dispute …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 8 builds in the technologies Apple needs for an iWatch  —  iOS 8 adds several important enhancements to the iPhone and iPad, such as improved notifications, health-tracking, and a more advanced camera application, but the new operating system's most significant feature may be the groundwork technologies …
More: BGR, ZDNet, Macworld and Realmac BlogThanks:@markgurman
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
iOS 8 lets apps access Safari AutoFill credentials for quick & easy login  —  In iOS 8, Apple is making the process of logging into apps a much smoother experience by allowing native iOS apps to access usernames and passwords stored in Safari.  The new feature, which works by letting iOS apps tap …
More: MacRumorsTweets: @_jordan
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Atari's comback plan: brand licensing, mobile and online gaming, online gambling, and Atari TV with original video content  —  How Atari Plans to Bring Itself Back From the Dead  —  For techies of a certain age, few brands inspire as much nostalgia as Atari.

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