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June 20, 2014, 10:45 PM

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Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Google's Nest Buys Dropcam for $555 Million  —  Dropcam, the popular home monitoring camera startup, will be acquired by Nest, maker of smart thermostats and smoke detectors.  The deal is worth $555 million in cash.  —  Nest itself was just purchased by Google just four months ago for $3.2 billion.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple said to team up with pro athletes to test iWatch fitness capabilities  —  Apple has teamed up with some of the sports world's most notable professional athletes in order to test the upcoming “iWatch's” fitness capabilities in intense training environments, according to a source with knowledge of the testing.
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
Drew FitzGerald / Wall Street Journal:
Google Considering Investment in New Trans-Pacific Cable  —  Move Comes as Technology Companies are Sending More Traffic Across Private Networks  —  Google Inc. is weighing an investment in a new, multimillion-dollar cable across the Pacific Ocean, people familiar with the matter said …
More: Reuters
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
The CEO Of Secret Told Us How You Can Hack Yo And Get Anyone's Phone Number In Just 3 Minutes  —  The super-simple messaging app Yo is on fire right now: It's No.4 in the App Store at the time of writing.  We told you earlier that someone already hacked it, and the company has admitted …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
This Firefox OS-powered streaming stick is Mozilla's answer to Chromecast (exclusive video)  —  Google's Chromecast streaming stick could soon get competition from an unexpected source: Mozilla has secretly been working with a partner on a Chromecast-like streaming stick that is powered by Firefox OS.
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.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Archos releases new iOS-controlled smart home suite with tablet, cameras & environmental sensors  —  Consumers looking for an self-installed, iOS-compatible “connected home” system now have a new option from electronics manufacturer Archos, as the company's new Smart Home system has hit virtual shelves …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Google unveils independent “fork” of OpenSSL called “BoringSSL”  —  Google is releasing its own independently developed “fork” of OpenSSL, the widely used cryptography library that came to international attention following the Heartbleed that threatened hundreds of thousands of websites with catastrophic attacks.
More: ImperialViolet and The RegisterTweets: @xor
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.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Path Looks To Combine Commerce And Messaging With TalkTo Acquisition, Release Of New ‘Talk’ App  —  It's been a rough year for private social networking app Path.  The company has seen disappointing growth in many major markets, layoffs, and the departure of some key execs over the last 12 months.
Scot Finnie / Computerworld:
After a 47 year run, Computerworld will publish its last print edition on June 23  —  The continuing evolution of Computerworld  —  On June 23, we will publish the last print issue of Computerworld.  —  It was 47 years ago, almost to the day, that Computerworld's very first issue rolled off the presses: June 21, 1967.

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