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June 16, 2014, 10:45 AM

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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
With an Amazon Smartphone, the Retailer Seeks a Tether to Consumers  —  Hold the phone: Amazon wants to burrow even deeper into your life.  —  The retailer is expected to introduce a smartphone on Wednesday at an event in Seattle, a long-rumored project that aims to close any remaining gap between …
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.
More: TechCrunch and VentureBeatTweets: @kerrypicket
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.
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.
Thanks:@waqasaday
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.
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 …
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: @dtunkelang and @rands
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
On-Demand Grocery Startup Instacart Raises $44 Million From Andreessen Horowitz  —  On-demand grocery delivery startup Instacart wants to make its service available in every city in the United States.  To make that happen, it's raised $44 million in Series B funding led by Andreessen Horowitz.

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Microsoft:
16-year-old uses Windows 8 to reconnect after being sidelined by a rare disorder  —  Ehlers-Danlos syndrome affects Alejandra Tristan's wrist, finger and other joints, making it difficult for her to do schoolwork and connect through social media.
Intel:
Intel Injects Laughter into Mobile Messaging  —  Intel is creating a fun spin on communication with the launch of Pocket Avatars, a new over-the-top (OTT) mobile messaging app developed by Intel Labs technologists.
VMware:
Why Run Your Exchange Environment In A Hybrid Cloud Model?  —  VMware vSphere has always been a premier destination for virtualizing packaged applications like Microsoft SharePoint and Exchange.
Zoho:
Easily generate brochures, payslips, contracts and more with Zoho Creator's Custom Record Summary function  —  Recently, our facilities team was looking for a simple way to manage purchase orders.
Syncano:
iOS Developers: How to Get Instant Notifications on your App  —  Within minutes, you can create dynamic iOS apps on Syncano that instantly reflect changes in data by “subscribing” to changes on Syncano's Sync Server.
 

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