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June 23, 2014, 5:25 PM

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iFixit:
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Teardown  —  It has finally come: Microsoft's all-new Surface Pro 3—all-new in the sense that it's third in a trilogy of devices.  Where the second was actually just a rehashing of the original, the third is showing some promise of striking out on its own.  Good for you, Surface Pro 3!
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Surface Pro 3 review: better than predecessors, software now needs more help than hardware  —  Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review  —  I can't believe it's only been sixteen months since I published our review of the original Microsoft Surface Pro.  It feels like longer but that's likely …
Tweets: @whatthebit
Ron / WinBeta:
Microsoft wants you to buy a Surface Pro 3, offers up to $650 in Store credit for your old MacBook Air  —  Microsoft has been touting the Surface Pro 3 as the tablet that can replace your laptop.  Microsoft has even compared the Surface Pro 3 with the Apple MacBook Air, during the Surface Pro 3 reveal in May.
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.
Mike Billings / Wall Street Journal:
San Francisco sends cease-and-desist letter to MonkeyParking, warns similar parking services  —  San Francisco Tells Parking Startup to Stop Operations, Warns Two Others  —  Several parking startups that want to make it easier to find a parking spot in busy cities are facing a legal gauntlet …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Google Glass finally arrives in the UK, the first country outside the US  —  Google Glass, the head-mounted wearable computer unveiled more than two years ago, is finally available outside the US.  After appearing in a support page linked to hardware availability, Google has launched the long-awaited device in the UK.
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Microsoft giving away 15GB of OneDrive storage, 1TB for Office 365 users  —  More free storage?  Lower prices?  It's all good news from Microsoft today: The company just announced that it will begin offering 15GB of free storage to OneDrive users, up from 7GB.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
“Free” Wi-Fi from Xfinity and AT&T also frees you to be hacked  —  Ars tests how easy it is to spoof big broadband providers to grab data.  —  If you've traveled and tried to get on the Internet, you've probably seen some pretty suspicious looking Wi-Fi networks with names like “Free Wi-Fi” and “Totally Free Internet.”
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
How Marissa Mayer Fell Asleep and Kept Ad Executives Waiting For Hours … For media companies, the Cannes advertising festival is all about getting face time with top media buyers and advertisers.  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer missed a golden opportunity to do just that last week.
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.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Mozilla puts a development environment into the browser with WebIDE  —  Nightly Firefox builds can develop, deploy, and debug apps all in the browser.  —  Browsers have long contained development tools to help debug and diagnose problems when authoring Web content, but Mozilla is taking Firefox to the next level.
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Cruise Automation previews $10,000 highway autopilot kit for specific Audi models  —  Tiny Startup Cruise Beats Google to Offer Self-Driving Car Tech to Consumers (Video)  —  Neither Google nor the big car manufacturers will likely be the first to put the keys to self-driving car technology in consumers' hands.
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
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.
Stephen Hall / 9to5Mac:
Pangu untethered iOS 7.1.X jailbreak released, but proceed with caution  —  A new jailbreak from a Chinese team dubbed “Pangu” has been released, and reports are spreading quickly around the Internet that it does indeed successfully install the famed “Cydia” jailbreak package installer application.
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Patreon Raises $15 Million Series A, Revamps Site To Focus More On Content  —  Patreon, a subscription-based funding site for artists, has just raised $15 million in a Series A from Alexis Ohanian, Sam Altman, David Marcus, Joshua Reeves and a bevy of other tech entrepreneurs.

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Microsoft:
Teachers use Bing home page lesson plans to encourage critical thinking skills  —  Find out how free lesson plans based on images like this Siberian tiger from Bing's home page encourage students to explore subjects in creative and thought-provoking ways.
Intel:
Disrupting the Data Center to Create the Digital Services Economy  —  I had the pleasure of joining Tom Krazit on stage at the Gigaom Structure'14 conference to share Intel's vision of the data center in support of the growth of the digital services economy.
VMware:
Top Five Reasons Why Your Organization Should Consider Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery  —  Few organizations can afford the downtime caused by a disaster.  Those capable of weathering such events usually have the datacenters …
Zoho:
Zoho on Zoho: How we use Zoho apps to run the show at Zoholics  —  Our goal for each Zoholics user event is to make it perfect for attendees - our customers who travel from all over the world to learn and make the most of Zoho apps for their business.
Syncano:
iOS Developers: How to Get Instant Notifications on your App  —  Within minutes, you can create dynamic iOS apps on Syncano that instantly reflect changes in data by “subscribing” to changes on Syncano's Sync Server.
 

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