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June 24, 2014, 4:10 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Google's Nest Labs Opens Its Platform to Outside Developers  —  Nest Aims to Establish Itself as Operating System for Web-Connected Devices in the Home  —  Google Inc. 's Nest Labs is opening its platform to outside developers, a big step by the thermostat and smoke-detector maker …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Nest to allow opt-in sharing of user information with Google for the first time, enable Google Now integration  —  Nest To Share User Information With Google For First Time  —  Nest Labs is set to share some user information with corporate parent Google for the first time since its February acquisition.
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.
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!
Ron / WinBeta:
David Pierce / The Verge:
Withings introduces Activité, a $390 watch with analog face and accelerometer to monitor your steps and sleep  —  The Withings Activité hides a fitness tracker inside a gorgeous watch  —  It's not just a screen on your wrist — it's a fashion statement  —  The Withings Activité isn't a smartwatch.
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 …
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.
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 …
Larry Hardesty / MIT News Office:
Researchers unveil experimental 36-core chip  —  Design lets chip manage local memory stores efficiently using an Internet-style communication network.  —  Press Inquiries  —  The more cores — or processing units — a computer chip has, the bigger the problem of communication between cores becomes.
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.
Rachel King / ZDNet:
Box brings Notes to iOS while IPO waits in the wings  —  Summary: With the extension of Notes to mobile, Box is becoming more ubiquitous in the lives of its business users and even those using the cloud storage service for personal use.  —  Box is bringing its Notes feature to mobile devices amid a new upgrade to its iOS app.
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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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Play Quarterly App Revenue More Than Doubled Over Past Year, Thanks To Games, Freemium Apps  —  How well the Android app marketplace on Google Play is performing is the subject of a new report from recently expanded app analytics firm App Annie, out today ahead of this week's Google I/O 2014 developer conference.
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Opera's Chromium-based Web browser is now available on Linux  —  To the surprise of some, Opera has released a new version of its Web browser for Linux-based operating systems.  —  Available to download now, the last new version of Opera for Linux was version 12.16 from around a year ago …
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:
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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