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June 20, 2014, 12:30 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple's smartwatch likely to come in multiple sizes and designs, contain over ten sensors, including ones for health and fitness  —  Apple Plans Multiple Designs for Smartwatch  —  Wrist Device Will Include More Than 10 Sensors Including Ones to Track Fitness
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 …
Drake Bennett / Businessweek:
Clayton Christensen Responds to New Yorker Takedown of “Disruptive Innovation”  —  When The New Yorker this week published Harvard historian Jill Lepore's sharply written dismissal of “disruptive innovation,” it was an attack on one of the most widely cited and celebrated ideas in modern business.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Yo App Hacked By College Students  —  A Georgia Tech student, together with two of his room mates, claims to have hacked Yo, the Poke-like app which has set some Silicon Valley alight (though not others) in the last 48 hours.  [See update below: Yo has confirmed it has been hacked].
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
House passes amendment to cut NSA's “backdoor search” funding; manufacturers can't be forced to install “backdoors” in products  —  The House just overwhelmingly voted to rein in the NSA  —  The House of Representatives just overwhelmingly voted to rein in the National Security Agency.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google's Search Engine Can Now Launch Your Favorite Music Apps, Turn On The Tunes  —  Google has taken another small step toward connecting its search engine with world of mobile apps, having just introduced a new feature that lets you search for a band or artist, then tap to immediately start hearing …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's New Web Starter Kit Is A Boilerplate For Multi-Screen Web Development  —  For a long time now, Google has offered developers a set of what it believes are best practices for modern web development.  Today it is going beyond just providing this information by launching the Web Starter Kit …
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 now available, user manual mentions the missing Surface Mini  —  Microsoft's new 12 inch Windows tablet is now available for purchase.  Well, some models are anyway.  If you want a $799 Core i3 model of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with 64GB of storage …

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