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June 21, 2014, 9:10 AM

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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.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Samsung to launch Android Wear smartwatch at Google I/O  —  The wearable will be one of several new devices built around Google software, sources tell CNET.  LG and Motorola are also expected to show off new gadgets.
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.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Yahoo, burned by The Weather Channel replacing it as iOS 8's weather data provider, worries next about Stocks app  —  As Weather Channel Blows Yahoo Off Apple's Upcoming iOS 8, App Storms Ahead for Mayer  —  Of the many announcements made at Apple's recent Worldwide Developers Conference …
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 …
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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 vulnerability that threatened hundreds of thousands of websites with catastrophic attacks.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Skype to retire recent editions for Windows, Mac; upgrades mandatory  —  Upgrade or lose access to calling and chat service in ‘next few months’  —  Skype today said it would retire older versions of its desktop Internet calling application, including versions on Windows and OS X launched …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Q&A with Jeff Bezos: Amazon Fire phone took form over four years ago  —  Bezos: Amazon Fire Phone Was a Long Time Coming  —  Going to dump your iPhone for this?  —  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has made a long-term bet that you will.  The retailer's new Fire phone is the culmination …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
YouTube is coming to cable TV set-top boxes, with a little help from the cloud  —  Right now, a grandma in Hungary is watching Gangnam style for the very first time.  Her introduction to Psy has been made possible by a partnership between YouTube and the local cable TV provider UPC Hungary …
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
National Park Service Moves to Ban Drones  —  The National Park Service ordered a ban on people using drones in the 401 national park areas in the U.S., marking a new battleground over the proliferation of unmanned aircraft in U.S. skies.  National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis signed …

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