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June 17, 2014, 1:10 PM

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Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Apple Settles E-Books Pricing Case With States, Consumers  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) reached a settlement with U.S. states and consumers seeking damages over the company's fixing of electronic book prices, avoiding a trial in which it faced as much as $840 million in claims.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Apple admits it will lose e-books conspiracy case, but it still wants to win  —  Plaintiffs get a check, but only if Apple loses its appeal against the gov't.  —  In 2013, a judge ruled that Apple had engaged in a price-fixing conspiracy over the price of e-books.
More: TechCrunch
Thomas Gryta / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T to Exclusively Carry Amazon Smartphone  —  Amazon Expected to Unveil its Phone on Wednesday in Seattle  —  AT&T Inc. will be the exclusive carrier for Amazon.com Inc. 's new smartphone, which is expected to be unveiled on Wednesday, according to people familiar with the plans.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
YouTube to block indie labels who don't sign up to new music service  —  Starting internal tests of subscription service but faces accusation of ‘catastrophic error of judgement’  —  YouTube has confirmed that it will begin blocking videos from independent labels that have not signed …
Bloomberg:
Oracle close to buying hospitality-industry software provider Micros Systems for more than $5B  —  Oracle Said to Near Deal to Buy Micros Systems  —  Oracle Corp. (ORCL) is nearing a deal to buy hospitality-industry software provider Micros Systems Inc. (MCRS) for more than $5 billion, people familiar with the matter said.
Mike Rispoli / Privacy International:
UK intelligence forced to reveal secret policy for mass surveillance of residents' Facebook and Google use  —  Britain's top counter-terrorism official has been forced to reveal a secret Government policy justifying the mass surveillance of every Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Google user in the UK.
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
A Rare Peek Inside Amazon's Massive Wish-Fulfilling Machine  —  The first thing I saw when I walked into Amazon's Phoenix warehouse was a man riding on a giant tricycle.  Behind him, yellow plastic tubs the size of office recycling bins whizzed by on a conveyor belt.
Sara M. Watson / The Atlantic Online:
Why customized ads are so creepy, even when they miss their target  —  Why customized ads are so creepy, even when they miss their target  —  “What is it about my data that suggests I might be a good fit for an anorexia study?”  That's the question my friend Jean asked me after she saw …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Nest Brings Back The Protect At $99, But Waving Is Still Disabled  —  The Nest Protect is now available following its two-month hiatus after it was pulled for safety concerns.  The smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector is now only $99, down from its $129 launch price.
Tasneem Raja / Mother Jones:
On the importance of schools fostering “computational thinking” at a young age  —  Is Coding the New Literacy? … Detail from “On the Mode of Communication of Cholera,” 1854 … Upending our notions of what it means to interface with computers could help democratize …
More: NPR
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
The history of Android  —  Android's home screen over the years.  —  Android has been with us in one form or another for more than six years.  During that time, we've seen an absolutely breathtaking rate of change unlike any other development cycle that has ever existed.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Snapchat Launches Collaborative Timelines Based On Events  —  Last year, Snapchat took its first big iterative step with the launch of Stories, which let users string together all of their snaps from the latest 24 hours into a single, fluid narrative.  The company has since gone on to add text …
Leslie Horn / Gizmodo:
SoundCloud, with 300M users, focuses on monetization, considers licensing deals, pre-roll ads  —  How SoundCloud Changed Music Forever  —  Some of the best ideas are also the simplest.  And there are few things more simple than SoundCloud, which in its seven year existence has sneakily become one of the best things online.
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Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority:
Moto G 4G LTE now available directly from Motorola for $219  —  The Moto G continues to be one of the most popular devices world-wide.  In fact, it is Motorola's most sold smartphone ever made!  It came as no surprise that Motorola would release a worthy successor.
Jill Lepore / New Yorker:
What the Theory of “Disruptive Innovation” Gets Wrong  —  In the last years of the nineteen-eighties, I worked not at startups but at what might be called finish-downs.  Tech companies that were dying would hire temps—college students and new graduates—to do what little was left of the work of the employees they'd laid off.
Mike Kerns / Yahoo:
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