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June 18, 2014, 9:15 AM

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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).
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple Is Happy to Sell You the Hachette Books Amazon Won't Stock  —  Amazon doesn't want to sell books from Hachette Book Group.  —  More for us, says Apple, which is taking advantage of the fight between the world's biggest bookstore and one of the world's biggest publishers.
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 …
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: The Register, Engadget and GizmodoTweets: @aarnet
James Temple / Re/code:
Spire Launches a Wearable Device That Measures Breathing  —  A San Francisco startup has developed a wearable device that monitors breathing patterns and a mobile app that suggests adjustments, promising to allow users to control stress levels or otherwise improve their states of mind.
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 …
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.
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 …
More: VatorNewsTweets: @werty
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:
Yinka Adegoke / Billboard:
YouTube Confirms Subscription Service Imminent, Warns of Takedowns  —  YouTube has confirmed it is close to launching its music subscription service, even as it in the process of pulling down some of the biggest indie label acts in a dispute over payments.  —  Acts like Adele …
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 …
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.

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