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June 23, 2014, 7:05 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.
Wall Street Journal:
Andreessen Horowitz invests $90M in enterprise cybersecurity firm Tanium at $900M valuation  —  Andreessen Invests in Cybersecurity Firm  —  Tanium, Which Helps Pinpoint IT Threats, Gets $90 Million  —  Venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz is placing its second-biggest bet ever …
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 …
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Marissa Mayer tries to make Yahoo a “daily habit” with Tumblr-inspired digital magazines  —  Yahoo Wants You to Linger (on the Ads, Too)  —  Four editors were deep in debate at Yahoo Food's offices in Manhattan: Would Yahoo visitors click on a feature about foods of the ancient Silk Road …
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Feature Google Killed The + Command For — Direct Connect — Is Now Dead  —  Cast your mind back to November 2011, only a few months after the launch of Google+.  That's when Google made one of its biggest Google+ification moves.  It demoted a long-standing search feature involving …
Yasha Levine / PandoDaily:
Give Tweets a chance: Twitter's peace mission to Moscow won't be easy  —  Word on the street is that Colin Crowell, Twitter's “Head of Global Public Policy” is headed to Moscow.  His mission: To sue for peace and mend the company's rocky relationship with the Russian government.

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