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June 23, 2014, 12:05 PM

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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.
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.
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
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.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google Tracker, I/O edition—what Google is working on before the big show  —  With Google I/O coming up in just a few days, it's time for a second edition of The Google Tracker, what we hope will be a bi-yearly look at what's going on at Google HQ.  Just like last time, we'll have a potent mix of news …
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.
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.”

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