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June 18, 2014, 9:45 PM

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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
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Fire Phone: 4.7" display with Gorilla Glass, rubberized frame, quad-core 2.2 GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 13MP camera with OIS, dedicated camera and Firefly buttons  —  Amazon's first smartphone is finally here: Meet the Fire Phone, priced at $199 (32GB) and $299 (64GB)
CNET:
Fire Phone exclusively available July 25 on AT&T: $199 for 32GB, $299 for 64GB, $649 and $749 off-contract  —  Amazon Fire Phone to arrive July 25 at $199 for 32GB, $299 for 64GB on AT&T  —  A listing on AT&T's website has Amazon's Fire Phone priced competitively with the Apple iPhone 5S …
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.
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.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iPhone 6 likely to sport barometer & air pressure sensors to measure altitude, weather  —  Besides a larger display and redesigned metal body, details regarding which features the next-generation iPhone models will pack have been light.  However, it appears that the new models could include a new sensor: a barometer.
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Facebook has built its own switch.  And it looks a lot like a server  —  Not content to remake the server, Facebook's engineers have taken on the humble switch, building their own version of the networking box and the software to go with it.  The resulting switch, dubbed Wedge …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
T-Mobile Offering Weeklong iPhone “Test Drive” To Lure Customers  —  Pulling a page from the car dealer's manual, T-Mobile is offering would-be customers a free seven-day trial of its network using an iPhone 5s.  —  “You (can) have a 7-night stand,” CEO John Legere said in an interview …
Jeff Gray / Globe and Mail:
Canadian court orders Google to block a group of websites from its search engine worldwide  —  B.C. court ruling orders Google to block sites worldwide  —  In an unprecedented ruling, a B.C. court has ordered Google Inc. to block a group of websites from its worldwide search engine …
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Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:
Data analytics company Thoughtspot raises $30M Series B, backed by Khosla, Lightspeed, Aaron Levie  —  Thoughtspot raises $30M to grow its Google-like search experience for data analytics  —  Thoughtspot, the business analytics startup with a founding team comprised of ex-Nutanix …
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).

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