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June 20, 2014, 1:35 AM

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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 …
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.
Mat Smith / Engadget:
House passes amendment to cut NSA's ‘backdoor search’ funding  —  Following a push from Representatives Justin Amash and Thomas Massie, the House of Representatives has passed an amendment to stop at least some of the surveillance programs at the National Security Agency.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Adam Bain taking over business development at Twitter; Gabriel Stricker to head its media unit  —  Bain Officially Gets Biz Dev, While Media Unit Moves to Stricker at Twitter (Plus TV Memo!)  —  As Re/code reported last week, Twitter sales leader Adam Bain will take over business development at Twitter …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Why Did Amazon Make a Phone?  A Conversation With Jeff Bezos  —  Shortly after he introduced the new Fire phone on Wednesday, I spoke with Jeffrey P. Bezos, Amazon's founder and chief executive, about the device and Amazon's goals in the smartphone business.  —  Here is an edited transcript of our discussion.
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 …
Neil McAllister / The Register:
Android to drop Dalvik VM for high-performance ART in next version  —  Code changes proclaim death of OS's original code runtime  —  The next version of Google's Android smartphone OS may ship with a new code execution engine that improves performance and battery life, if a new report is to be believed.
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.
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.

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