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June 18, 2014, 1:05 AM

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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 …
Thomas Gryta / Wall Street Journal:
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 …
Ely L. / Yelp Official Blog:
Hold the Phone!  Now You Can Message Business Owners Directly Through Yelp  —  With more than 57 million local reviews contributed across 27 countries, there's already a boatload of info people can gather through Yelp on any local business they're thinking about trying.
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 …
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.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
One Kings Lane, after raising $112M in January, is laying off between 75-100 people, or up to 20% of its staff  —  One Kings Lane Will Cut Up to 20 Percent of Its Staff  —  Just six months after landing a big round of investment that valued One Kings Lane at $900 million …
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Klint Finley / Wired:
Department of Energy network ESnet is capable of cross-country data transfers at 91 Gbps  —  The Shadow Internet That's 100 Times Faster Than Google Fiber  —  When Google chief financial officer Patrick Pichette said the tech giant might bring 10 gigabits per second internet connections to American homes …
More: Engadget and GizmodoTweets: @aarnet
Jackie Reses / Yahoo:
Yahoo the latest to disclose diversity: 62% men globally, and 50% white in US, more diverse than Google  —  Workforce Diversity at Yahoo  —  Here at Yahoo we are committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce.  We're in the business of building products for hundreds …
Wilson Rothman / Wall Street Journal:
Garmin launches Viago, a fully functioning $1.99 GPS app for iOS and Android, with maps, safety and traffic add-ons via in-app purchase  —  Garmin's Viago GPS App Has Powerful Features—Especially if You Pay Extra … Garmin, the once-mighty GPS powerhouse, just launched Víago …
J.M. Berger / The Atlantic Online:
How ISIS, the militant group that recently seized Iraq's second-largest city, games Twitter  —  How ISIS Games Twitter  —  The advance of an army used to be marked by war drums.  Now it's marked by volleys of tweets.  —  The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Sunni militant group …
More: TechPresidentTweets: @intelwire
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
TiVo co-founders bring their QPlay video app to Chromecast, sideline own hardware  —  Maybe building a dedicated video streaming box that doesn't even have a Netflix app wasn't such a good idea, after all: QPlay, the video startup founded by TiVo co-founders Mike Ramsay and Jim Barton …

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