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June 16, 2014, 12:15 PM

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Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Chinese gov't reveals Microsoft's secret list of Android-killer patents  —  For more than three years now, Microsoft has held to the line that it has loads of patents that are infringed by Google's Android operating system.  “Licensing is the solution,” wrote the company's head IP honcho in 2011 …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
SanDisk buys Fusion-io for $1.1 billion, beefs up data center push  —  Summary: With Fusion-io, SanDisk aims to double down on flash-based storage systems in data centers.  —  SanDisk doubled down on its strategy to target the enterprise and data centers with a $1.1 billion acquisition …
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.
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.
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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.
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Level 3 to Buy TW Telecom for $5.7 Billion  —  Level 3 Communications said on Monday that it had agreed to buy TW Telecom, a provider of business Internet connections, for about $5.68 billion, as the telecommunications industry continues to consolidate.  —  Under the terms of the deal …

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