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June 17, 2014, 3:10 PM

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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.
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Amazon's Lab126 has been working on a 3D smartphone since 2009  —  Inside the Secretive R&D Lab Behind the Amazon Phone  —  Disclosure: Brad Stone is author of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.  The book is published by Little, Brown & Co., a division of the Hachette Book Group …
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Slingshot Challenges Snapchat With ‘Reply To Unlock’  —  Facebook wants to break the “1% Rule” of Internet culture that says a tiny fraction of users create the content for everyone else.  So after a momentary leak last week, today Facebook officially launches Slingshot for iOS …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook Slingshot is much more than a Snapchat clone  —  A new kind of network that feels more like a feed than a messenger  —  At first, Facebook's new ephemeral messaging app, Slingshot, feels like yet another Snapchat clone.  The free app, available now for iPhone and Android …
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.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Democrats unveil legislation forcing the FCC to ban Internet fast lanes  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. gesturing during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)  —  Democratic lawmakers will unveil a piece …
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.
Dylan Tweney / VentureBeat:
Pencil, the $60 iPad stylus, will get pressure-sensitivity with iOS 8  —  Above: A new feature for the digital “Pencil” — angling it so you can shade in larger areas.  —  Pencil, a high-end iPad stylus that looks like a carpenter's pencil, will add pressure-sensing capabilities this fall.
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.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Oyster brings its ‘Netflix for ebooks’ subscription service to Android, Kindle Fire and Nook HD  —  Oyster, often referred to as “the Netflix of ebooks,” is now available for Android devices, Kindle Fire tablets and the Nook HD.  It joins the company's existing iOS app …
Sakari Suoninen / Reuters:
Nokia ‘paid millions to software blackmailers six years ago’  —  (Reuters) - Finnish telecoms equipment company Nokia paid several million euros to criminals who threatened to reveal the source code for part of an operating system used in its smartphones some six years ago, Finnish TV station MTV said on Tuesday.
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 …
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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.
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Following A Drop In Completed Jobs, Errands Marketplace TaskRabbit Shakes Up Its Business Model  —  Errands marketplace TaskRabbit is shaking things up today with a change to its business model.  The company says it's shifting away from the auction model where contractors bid for tasks posted by end users …

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