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June 16, 2014, 8:20 PM

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New York Times:
Jonathan Ive on Apple's Design Process and Product Philosophy  —  When Steven P. Jobs led Apple, he created a core principle for the company's designers and engineers: stay fully focused on making great products.  —  That philosophy continues to guide Apple, even under its new chief executive …
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 …
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
The Unicode Blog:
Unicode version 7.0 released: 2,834 new characters including 250 emoji  —  Announcing The Unicode Standard, Version 7.0  —  Version 7.0 of the Unicode Standard is now available, adding 2,834 new characters.  This latest version adds the new currency symbols for the Russian ruble and Azerbaijani manat …
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.
Steven Levy / Wired:
One year on, Loon balloon flight times increase 10X, download speeds reach 5-20 Mbps with LTE  —  Google's Balloon Internet Experiment, One Year Later  —  Earlier this month, Mike Cassidy, a project director at Google's high-risk research division X, woke before dawn in the Northwest Brazilian state of Piauí.
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
Google names first round of Glass at Work partners  —  Summary: Google chose broad mix of industry segments to develop enterprise applications for Glass, ranging from medical and media to sports and entertainment.  —  While Google Glass remains a subject of mockery in the consumer realm …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Has Quietly Acquired Parastructure, A Big Data Startup In Stealth  —  Dropbox has been acquiring companies to help it expand the services that it can offer to consumers and enterprises beyond cloud storage.  But the company — which has raised $1.1 billion and is among …
More: VentureBeat and Gigaom
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's iPad App Becomes An Entertainment Hub With Game Discovery And Trending Videos Sidebar  —  Over 70 percent of people who use Facebook for iPad played a Facebook-connected game in the past 90 days, so the company is helping them discover or re-engage with games through a new homepage sidebar …
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 …
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.
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 …

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