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June 19, 2014, 6:20 PM

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Michael Gold / Reuters:
Apple's smartwatch to launch as early as October with 2.5" screen, wireless charging, pulse sensor, sources say  —  Taiwan's Quanta to start mass production of Apple's smartwatch in July: source  —  (Reuters) - Taiwan's Quanta Computer Inc will start mass production of Apple Inc's first smartwatch in July …
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 …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Significant enhancements coming to AppleCare+, Apple IDs, iOS support  —  Apple's vice president of AppleCare and technical support initiatives, Tara Bunch, held a Town Hall meeting for for AppleCare employees earlier this week, according to several employees in attendance who asked to remain anonymous.
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 …
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Launches Its First Standalone Job Search App, Privacy Guaranteed  —  LinkedIn says that today 40% of its 300 million users access the site on mobile devices, so its bid to tap into the wave of users accessing the site via smartphones and tablets continues apace …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Maps ‘City Tours’ feature hidden in iOS 8 betas, works like a guided Flyover video  —  Although deeper changes to Maps are in the works, Apple did announce a new City Tours feature for iOS 8 discreetly on one of the keynote slides.  This feature is not normally available in the current iOS 8 betas …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires mDialog To Improve DoubleClick's Video Advertising  —  Google today announced that it has acquired video advertising company mDialog.  —  In a post on Google+, the company said that it will “work with the mDialog team to incorporate their technology and expertise …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Microsoft bucks its own history , embraces “openness” in push for Azure adoption  —  It's not often you write “Microsoft” and"open" in the same sentence but, well, these are special times.  The company is straining to make its Azure cloud service a bona fide rival to Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services …
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.
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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