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June 17, 2014, 8:00 AM

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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 …
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.
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 $119 launch price.
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.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
The history of Android: The endless iterations of Google's mobile OS  —  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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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” …
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:
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 …

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