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June 15, 2014, 6:50 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.
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.
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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 …
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Chat app Line rakes in $1.5m in just one month of users creating and selling their own stickers  —  Messaging app Line opened a marketplace in April that lets anyone create and sell their own stickers, with sales starting on May 8.  Today it announced that the Line Creators Market has drawn …
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.
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 …
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.

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