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June 24, 2014, 8:35 PM

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Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Google's Android chief Sundar Pichai on Apple, Samsung, Amazon, Android's future, his past, I/O, and more  —  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.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Matt Rogers / Nest:
Nest Developer Program opens to the public; integration with 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.
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Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Oculus VR:
Oculus to acquire Carbon Design, gaining the product engineering team known for the Xbox 360 controller  —  Oculus Agrees to Acquire Carbon Design Team  —  We're thrilled to announce that we've agreed to acquire the Carbon Design team, one of the premier industrial design and product engineering teams …
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.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Google refreshes Glass hardware with 2GB RAM and a bigger battery; current owners won't get upgraded  —  Google refreshes Glass hardware, but current owners won't get upgraded  —  Small tweaks suggest that a true consumer product is still a ways off  —  Google's plan to sell its Glass headset …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.

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