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June 24, 2014, 3:10 PM

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Matt Rogers / Nest:
Nest Developer Program opens to the public; integration with Google, LIFX, Mercedes, Whirlpool, Jawbone, IFTTT, and more already enabled  —  The Nest Developer Program is here.  —  Wouldn't it be cool if our homes could be more aware?  If they could learn from us?  And help take care of us?
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Google Makes Its Nest At The Center Of The Smart Home  —  “Okay Google, turn down the heat.”  —  Using Google Now, a homeowner will soon be able to talk to a Nest Learning Thermostat and complain about the heat.  And that's just the beginning.  —  Google is turning the Nest Learning Thermostat into the hub of smart homes.
More: The Verge and GizmodoTweets: @benedictevans
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Nest to allow opt-in sharing of limited user information with Google and other partners, enables 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.
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Profile of Sundar Pichai, who will show the next Android release, Android Wear, and Android TV at Google I/O  —  Google's Sundar Pichai Is the Most Powerful Man in Mobile  —  At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, Samsung introduced new software for its tablets, called the Magazine UX.
Bloomberg:
4.7-Inch and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 to go into production in July, may ship simultaneously in September  —  Apple's Big IPhones Said to Start Production Next Month  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s suppliers will begin mass production of new iPhones in China next month, according to people familiar with the plans.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft launches €99 Nokia X2 Android phone: 4.3-inch, dual-SIM, 1.2GHz dual-core, 1GB RAM  —  Microsoft continues Android push with Nokia X2 handset  —  Available in July for 99 Euros  —  Microsoft isn't giving up on its Android smartphones.  After acquiring Nokia's phone business in April …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Pebble becomes a real pedometer with new Misfit app  —  The smartwatch that charmed with its simplicity is starting to smarten up  —  Looking to preempt Google's big Android Wear unveiling, Pebble is today announcing a new partnership with wearable maker Misfit that will turn its smartwatch into a pedometer.
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
ZocDoc raising $152 million at $1.6 billion valuation  —  Investors in the online find-a-doctor portal's latest round include DST Global, according to a filing.  ZocDoc, an online find-a-doctor portal, is raising a new round of funding worth $152 million, valuing the company at $1.6 billion …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
ABC News Comes to Apple TV with Live and On-Demand Video, Local News, and Historical Footage  —  ABC News is launching a new Apple TV channel today, bringing access to live and on-demand content to Apple's set-top box.  The channel offers a variety of news and entertainment offerings …
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Google offering $150 credits to make up for Chromebook data debacle  —  Some good news for owners of Google's LTE Chromebook Pixel: Following my report that data plans for the device were being disconnected prematurely, Google is stepping up to make things right.
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Makes Bet Quantum Computing Is Next Breakthrough  —  SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Modern computers are not unlike the looms of the industrial revolution: They follow programmed instructions to weave intricate patterns.  With a loom, you see the result in a cloth or carpet.
More: VentureBeat, Neowin and The VergeTweets: @antonioregaladoThanks:@reckel
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
FAA grounds Amazon's drone delivery plans  —  The Federal Aviation Administration has said that online shopping powerhouse Amazon may not employ drones to deliver packages, at least not anytime soon.  —  The revelation was buried in a FAA document (PDF) unveiled Monday seeking public comment …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments Use to Hijack Phones  —  Newly uncovered components of a digital surveillance tool used by more than 60 governments worldwide provide a rare glimpse at the extensive ways law enforcement and intelligence agencies use the tool …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Oculus seeks partners to help make hardware, emulating Android's expansion model  —  Facebook's Oculus, Emulating Android, Seeks Partners  —  Oculus VR Inc. has a plan for making virtual reality mainstream: Replicate Google Inc. (GOOGL)'s success with Android.
More: CNETThanks:@sarahfrier
Mark Sullivan / VentureBeat:
Grand Rounds takes another $40M for expert doctor referral service  —  Above: Grand Rounds founders Lawrence “Rusty” Hofmann, MD, and Owen Tripp.  —  The business of connecting patients with leading medical specialists is growing.  —  San Francisco-based Grand Rounds …
Amir Mizroch / Wall Street Journal:
Yo Plans Expanding Notifications to Businesses  —  Or Arbel, the founder of the Yo app, on Monday talked about future plans for the one-word messaging app and a possible business model for his rapidly growing company, Life Before Us, LLC.  —  In an interview from San Francisco, where Arbel …

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