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June 23, 2014, 7:20 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: much better than predecessors, software now needs more work 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 …
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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.
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Verizon stops providing free data for Chromebook Pixel buyers one year into 2-3 year agreement  —  Broken promises: Verizon, Google, and the Chromebook data debacle  —  When a company promises two years of free mobile data service with a device, you expect them to deliver.
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Google begins testing a domain registration service  —  Google today revealed that it is building a domain registration service called Google Domains.  The product is still an early work in progress, so it's in invite-only beta for now.  —  Google's small business-facing division decided …
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.
Matt McGee / Glass Almanac:
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.
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.”
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Yahoo's Aviate intelligent home screen app leaves beta, gains useful new features  —  One-touch access to friends, conference calls, and directions  —  Aviate, the Android app that caters your home screen to the time of day and where you are, is finally opening its doors to the world.
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.
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.
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.
James Kanter / New York Times:
Letter from EU competition commissioner suggests new antitrust investigations await Google  —  Google's European Antitrust Woes Are Far From Over  —  BRUSSELS — Google has struggled for years to settle an antitrust investigation in the European Union, to avoid a huge fine and the stigma that would come with breaking the law.
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Telis Demos / Wall Street Journal:
Etsy buys French handmade goods marketplace A Little Market, its biggest acquisition to date  —  Etsy Acquires French Market in Biggest Deal Yet  —  Online marketplace Etsy is making its biggest acquisition yet, buying Paris-based A Little Market, a French website for handmade goods, foods, and wine.

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Rackspace:
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