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June 23, 2014, 11:25 AM

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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Quirky unveils Wink app and $79 hardware hub to connect smart home devices, partners with Home Depot, expects 60 Wink-enabled products by July  —  Quirky to Create a Smart-Home Products Company  —  The repurposed red brick warehouse in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood is a bustling hub of modern industrial activity.
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
HTC planning an 8.9" Tegra K1 tablet internally referred to as the Nexus 9 for Q4 2014  —  This Is Volantis, HTC's Nine-Inch Nexus Tablet  —  With Android Silver rumors brewing, and LG's Ken Hong indicating that the manufacturer doesn't have a Nexus phone in the cards …
James Temple / Re/code:
Bill Maris, the Man Behind Google Ventures, Wants to Redefine Silicon Valley Economics  —  Bill Maris is unimpressed with the mechanics of Silicon Valley venture capital.  —  He sees a lot of short bets on incremental advances and copycat apps.  He thinks partners get paid for putting money to work — not for making ambitious bets.
Tweets: @paulsingh
David Heinzmann / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago installing sensors in light poles to observe air, weather, sound, and cell phone traffic  —  New sensors will scoop up ‘big data’ on Chicago … The curled metal fixtures set to go up on a handful of Michigan Avenue light poles later this summer may look like delicate pieces of sculpture …
Robert Graham / Errata Security:
300K systems are still vulnerable to Heartbleed, unchanged from two months ago  —  300k vulnerable to Heartbleed two months later  —  When the Heartbleed vulnerability was announced, we found 600k systems vulnerable.  A month later, we found that half had been patched, and only 300k were vulnerable.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat's “Our Story” Is A Genius, Collaborative Reinvention Of The Livestream  —  What does it feel like to be a massive music festival?  Nothing like a glossy livestream of the mainstage.  Much more like Snapchat's new Our Story feature, a curated channel of user submitted photos of videos from all around a big event.
More: Digital TrendsTweets: @joshconstine
Vijay Pandurangan / Medium:
How logs of 173M NYC Taxi trips with poorly-anonymized driver data were easily deanonymized  —  On Taxis and Rainbows  —  Lessons from NYC's improperly anonymized taxi logs  —  Recently, thanks to a Freedom of Information request, Chris Whong received and made public a complete dump of historical trip and fare logs from NYC taxis.
Wall Street Journal:
Oracle Agrees to Buy Micros Systems for $5.3 Billion  —  Oracle Corp. agreed to buy Micros Systems Inc. for about $5.3 billion.  —  The deal is the biggest for Oracle, a serial acquirer, since its $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems Inc. in 2010.  —  Micros sells software used by retailers and hospitality providers.
Julianne Pepitone / NBC News:
Why ISIS' Social Media Campaign is ‘Even More Brutal’ Than Most  —  With a reported $2 billion war chest, ISIS is unusually well funded.  Its relatively large force of 10,000 relies on more foreign fighters than most.  And, perhaps most infamously, the group is too extreme even for Al-Qaeda.
David Hamilton / theWHIR.com:
SolarWinds Buys Web Performance Monitoring Provider Pingdom  —  Pingdom, one of the biggest names in website performance tracking, has been bought by IT management company SolarWinds.  —  As web applications become more ubiquitous and crucial to the functioning of businesses, performance and uptime become vitally important.

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Microsoft:
Microsoft employees join Pride parades in Seattle and around the globe  —  Employees joined various marches worldwide to represent Microsoft, which has consistently ranked as a top place to work for LGBT equality.
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