June 16, 2014, 8:45 AM

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New York Times:
Profile of Tim Cook describes him as projecting “quiet consideration” towards design, details his involvement in iWatch development, more  —  Tim Cook, Making Apple His Own  —  Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive, was an adolescent boy in a small Alabama town in the early 1970s when he saw something he couldn't forget.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Edward Snowden experiments with BeamPro telepresence robot to make appearances outside Russia  —  Inside Edward Snowden's Life as a Robot  —  Snowden appears via Beam bot in the ACLU's New York offices with (from left) journalist Laura Poitras, Freedom of the Press Foundation director Trevor Timm and security technologist Micah Lee.
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
To combat distracted driving, DoT seeks authority to regulate navigation aids, including apps  —  Agency Aims to Regulate Map Aids in Vehicles  —  Getting directions on the road from Google Maps and other smartphone apps is a popular alternative to the expensive navigation aids included in some cars.
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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
The Dark Side Of Facebook, Where People Lie, Steal, And Make Millions  —  On Feb. 10, Jason Fyk received a strange Facebook message.  —  “Bro.”  —  The message had been sent by someone who wasn't his friend on the social network, someone using the alias “Anthony.  *” It was a name Fyk had come to know and dread.
Jon Southurst / CoinDesk:
Bitcoin Wallet, Apps Re-Enter iOS Store After Apple's Policy Shift  —  Apple is making good on its recent bitcoin policy shift, with a new bitcoin wallet app appearing for download in the iOS App Store.  —  The ‘Coinpocket’ app is described by its developer as a wrapper …
Tom Whitwell / Guardian:
Inside Shenzhen: China's growing technology hub for hardware startups  —  Inside Shenzhen: China's Silicon Valley  —  Just 30 years ago this Pearl River Delta megacity was a mere fishing village.  Now home to up to 15 million people it hopes to become a tech nirvana for the world's hardware startups

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The Case For Startups to Put CX at Their Core  —  Read why eero decided to prioritize and integrate its Customer Experience team - even before its launch
Uber is rewriting the mobile app playbook, yet again!  —  Uber's actions, which seem straight out of the Elon Musk ‘first-principles thinking’ playbook, will have wide repercussions across the entire mobile ecosystem.

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