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June 15, 2014, 8:20 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 …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
U.S. officials scrambled to nab Snowden, hoping he would take a wrong step.  He didn't.  —  While Edward Snowden was trapped in the transit zone of Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport last year, U.S. officials were confronting their own dearth of options in the White House Situation Room.
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 …
Andy Weir / Neowin:
Leaked document reveals branding implications for Microsoft's Nokia acquisition  —  Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's devices business was completed back in May, but many questions have remained over the integration of the two.  One of the biggest areas awaiting clarification has been that of branding …
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.

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