June 16, 2014, 2:15 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 …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
BlackBerry Launches BBM Protected For Confidential Instant Messaging  —  BlackBerry today began the rollout of its first eBBM suite product, which tailors its BBM instant messaging service to enterprise users.  Today marks the debut of BBM Protected, FIPS 140-2 cryptographic library-enabled messaging …
Wall Street Journal:
Nuance explores possible sale, met with Samsung and private-equity firms  —  Nuance Communications Explores Possible Sale  —  Speech-Recognition Software Maker's Customers Include Samsung, Apple  —  Speech-recognition software maker Nuance Communications Inc. has held discussions …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Box Acquires YC-Backed Streem  —  This morning Box, a cloud-based file-management service, announced that it has acquired Streem, a Y Combinator-backed company that allows customers to stream files to their desktop environments.  —  Box declined to share terms of the agreement …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft announces Azure ML cloud-based machine-learning service, with July public preview  —  Microsoft readies public preview of cloud-based machine-learning service  —  Summary: Microsoft's new Azure ML cloud-based machine-learning service will be available as a public preview in July.
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.

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