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June 18, 2014, 3:05 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Live from Amazon's ‘amazing’ new device event  —  Amazon has promised something “amazing” and everybody's expecting a phone with a wild 3D interface.  Amazon's event starts Wednesday morning at 10:30PT / 1:30ET.  Don't miss it.  And let's be honest: we're pretty sure we know what we're going to see.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Amazon's first smartphone is finally here: Meet the Fire Phone, priced at $199 (32GB) and $299 (64GB)  —  In a move that will surprise absolutely no-one, Amazon today unveiled its first smartphone.  —  The device has a 4.7 inch IPS LCD HD display, made of Gorilla Glass.
Robert Sorokanich / Gizmodo:
FireFly: Amazon's Fire Phone Can Identify Almost Anything  —  Amazon's new Fire Phone had to be about getting people to buy stuff from Amazon, right?  Of course.  Enter Firefly, which turns the Fire Phone into a sort of universal object scanner that'll recognize books, DVDs, or jars of Nutella, and help you buy them—from Amazon.
Amazon.com:
Introducing Fire, the First Smartphone Designed by Amazon  —  New breakthrough innovations—Dynamic Perspective, Firefly button, and more  —  Seamless integration with Amazon's vast ecosystem—over 33 million songs, apps, games, movies,  —  Only smartphone with Mayday, ASAP, X-Ray, and Second Screen
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Adobe Upgrades Creative Cloud, Adds New Mobile Apps And Creative Hardware  —  Adobe aims to establish itself as more of a service platform today with a focus on mobile first and the largest overhaul of Creative Cloud desktop applications to date.  —  All 14 desktop applications in Adobe's creative suite get an upgrade.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases new cheaper iMac with low-end processor, priced at $1099  —  As rumored last week, Apple has today released a new model of iMac.  These machines are considerably cheaper than their predecessors, priced at $1099.  Previously, the cheapest iMac SKU was priced at $1299 (which is now the mid-range model).
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
People Invested $1 Million In An App That Just Says ‘Yo’  —  It only took 8 hours to build the app, and the only thing it does is allow you to send the word ‘Yo’ to your friends.  To many, it seems like a joke.  But its inventor, Or Arbel, is totally serious.
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Ben Woods / The Next Web:
BlackBerry signs deal with Amazon App Store to bring 200,000 Android apps to BlackBerry 10.3  —  BlackBerry has just announced a deal that will see more than 200,000 Android apps made available for BlackBerry devices via the Amazon App Store when the new version of BlackBerry's operating system arrives later in the year.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Fab Is Buying Helsinki's One Nordic Furniture To Score Original Products  —  Earlier this month Re/code reported that designer portal Fab was eyeing up a European furnishings site to move further into the area of building its own stock and away from reselling others', and today comes news …
More: VatorNews, Mashable and Re/codeThanks:@ingridlunden
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
P.F. Chang's Breach Likely Began in Sept. 2013  —  The recently-announced credit card breach at P.F. Chang's Chinese Bistro appears to have gone on for at least nine months: New information indicates that the breach at the nationwide restaurant chain began on or around Sept. 18, 2013 …
Kellex / Droid Life:
Samsung Announces Galaxy S5 LTE-A for Korea - Features QHD Display, Snapdragon 805, and 3GB RAM  —  Samsung took the wraps off a brand new variant of the Galaxy S5 this evening in Korea, one that will surely disappoint and excite many of you at the same time.

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