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June 20, 2014, 9:15 AM

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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Evan Selleck / Android Beat:
Android Wear shows off its Stacks, Replies, Pages and interface in new video  —  Android Wear was announced just over three months ago, and since then we've seen plenty of little details find their way online, most of which focused on the software.  In a new video released …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Product Hunt, used by some VCs to spot new tech products, grows to 26K subscribers in 7 months  —  Here's What Every Major Silicon Valley Investor Is Using To Find The Next Big Thing  —  Recently, tech blogs went crazy over a simple app called “Yo” that reportedly raised $1 million from Mobli CEO Moshe Hogeg.
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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 …
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.
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.
Daniel Bader / Mobile Syrup:
BlackBerry Passport, formerly known as ‘Windermere’, coming in September  —  John Chen announced during BlackBerry's quarterly earnings report that the company's next phone will be called Passport.  Previously known as ‘Windermere’, the often-leaked QWERTY device will sport …

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