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June 19, 2014, 1:50 PM

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Baljeet Singh / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter acquires SnappyTV, the service for clipping, editing, and sharing video clips from live broadcasts  —  SnappyTV is joining the flock  —  One of the best ways to follow events as they unfold is through real-time videos on Twitter.  As we continue to invest in video …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Unlike AT&T, T-Mobile isn't charging companies to circumvent data caps  —  T-Mobile US last night announced a “Music Freedom” program that will exempt certain music streaming services from counting against the monthly data limits that the so-called “uncarrier” imposes on its customers.
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Supreme Court rules software patents that cover ‘abstract ideas’ are invalid  —  Software patents aren't dead, but they just took a blow.  In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that a series of banking patents didn't cover a concrete software process but an abstract idea …
Christie Smythe / Bloomberg:
NY AG: iPhone's activation lock reduces phone thefts; Android and Windows Phone to also have kill switches  —  Android, Windows Phone Will Have Kill Switches, N.Y. Says  —  Google Inc. (GOOGL) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will incorporate a “kill switch” into the next versions …
Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal:
Early-Stage VC Greycroft Closes $200M Growth Fund  —  Greycroft Partners, a New York firm that saw its early investments in Maker Studios, Buddy Media, Huffington Post and Braintree Payments Solutions turn into large payouts, has now closed on its first growth fund at $200 million.
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
The Nokia team Microsoft didn't buy has made an Android launcher  —  But is it better than what's out there?  —  Nokia's involvement with Google's Android can only be described as one big “what if.”  Ahead of Microsoft's deal to buy it, Nokia was testing Android phones …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Sources say Box hopes to complete IPO by July-August; contrary to rumors, has ruled out sale  —  Box Revives IPO Plans as Cloud Shares Recover  —  Timing is everything.  And cloud storage company Box could not have picked a worse time to go public.  —  The March 24 public disclosure …
Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:
Puppet Labs lands $40M in funding to boost its IT automation work  —  DevOps-centric Puppet Labs closed a series E $40 million investment round, bringing its total funding to $86 million.  The IT automation company plans on using the cash to expand globally and invest in research and development.
Simon Khalaf / Flurry:
Fitness app usage up 62% in past six months from 49% in 2013, 87% faster than total app market growth  —  Health and Fitness Apps Finally Take Off, Fueled by Fitness Fanatics  —  Over the past six years, we have seen mobile and its apps disrupt and transform many industries.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Saves Developing World's Data Plans With 65% Smaller, 50% More Efficient Android App  —  Data is expensive and phones have low storage in developing nations like those in Africa, so over the last year, Facebook quietly undertook a massive engineering overhaul of its Android app to make it easier to use around the world.
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
BlackBerry Q1: $23 million in profit, beats analyst expectations  —  Summary: BlackBerry is in the midst of turning from hardware to services, and the restructuring appears to be fruitful.  The company still experienced losses in Q1, but the financial result is not as bad as expected.  —  Charlie Osborne
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Code Spaces closes shop after attackers destroy Amazon-hosted customer data  —  Code Spaces closes shop after attackers destroy Amazon-hosted customer data.  —  A code-hosting service that boasted having a full recovery plan has abruptly closed after someone gained unauthorized access …
Patrick Howell O'Neill / Daily Dot:
As Iraq censors Internet, Tor usage jumps tenfold  —  As the Iraqi government censors large swaths of the Internet following devastating attacks and victories by the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), thousands of people are adopting Tor, the most popular anonymizing tool online, to get around government obstruction.

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