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June 16, 2014, 11:05 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 …
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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 …
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.
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 …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple considered buying Parse before building new CloudKit feature itself  —  In an extensive profile of Parse co-founder and Facebook executive Ilya Sukhar, The Information reveals that Apple considered purchasing the cloud services startup before Facebook:
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 …
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Supreme Court to Decide Whether Making Violent Threats on Facebook Is Criminal  —  The Supreme Court announced plans to wade into the issue of whether you can go to jail for posting violent or threatening messages on social media sites — even when your intent to actually carry out those actions is unclear.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Paper's New Trending Section Makes It A Better Softcore News Reader  —  Facebook Paper is pretty, but sluggish when it comes to news.  Its human-curated sections take a while to ingest the latest world events and gossip.  But today's 1.2 update adds a “Trending” …

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