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June 15, 2014, 5:10 PM

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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.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Bitcoin security guarantee shattered by anonymous miner with 51% network power  —  In a first, one player got a monopoly of Bitcoin's total computational power.  —  For the first time in Bitcoin's five-year history, a single entity has repeatedly provided more than half …
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Tech Isn't All Brogrammers, It's Still Nerds Building New Things  —  R. Stanley Williams works at HP Labs, and he has for a long time.  In the video of him that I am watching, his pony tail flows out over his blue-collared shirt, and onto his lumpy sweater.
Tweets: @rands and @cdixon
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
Window into Airbnb's hidden impact on S.F.  —  Thousands of San Franciscans have transformed their homes into impromptu inns using Airbnb, the website that lets people rent rooms or houses to travelers.  These short-term rentals haven't been an easy sell to landlords, housing activists …
Jon Southurst / CoinDesk:
Bitcoin Wallet, Apps Re-Enter iOS Store After Apple's Digital Currency Policy Shift  —  Apple is making good on their 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 …
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
How Apple TV with two models, $99 basic and $179 with gaming, could disrupt the console market  —  How Apple TV Might Disrupt Microsoft and Sony  —  Beyond the fact most of us had nothing better to do in the 1980s, a big reason to own a gaming console was that they were a phenomenally good deal.
Bloomberg:
US officials describe Chinese hacks of US utilities as scouting missions, cyberwar practice  —  UglyGorilla Hack of U.S. Utility Exposes Cyberwar Threat  —  Somewhere in China, a man typed his user name, “ghost,” and password, “hijack,” and proceeded to rifle the computers of a utility in the Northeastern U.S.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Mozilla under fire: Inside the 9-day reign of fallen CEO Brendan Eich  —  On a Friday night flight home to San Francisco from Boston in March, Brendan Eich should have been unwinding.  It was the end of his first week as chief executive of Mozilla, the nonprofit organization …
Tweets: @stshankThanks:@jeskillings
Rachel Donadio / New York Times:
Google Street Art Project works with rightsholders to compile graffiti images from Street View  —  Google Adds Graffiti to Its Art Portfolio  —  PARIS — There's a portrait of an anonymous Chinese man chiseled into a wall in Shanghai, a colorful mural in Atlanta and black-and-white photographs …

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