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June 25, 2014, 8:25 AM

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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:
Pichai will preview the next release of Android at I/O; introduce Android TV and Android Wear  —  Google will reportedly show a new version of Android tomorrow  —  Get ready to take a first look at the next version of Android tomorrow.  In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek …
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 …
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 …
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Aerospike raises $20M, open sources its in-memory NoSQL database  —  NoSQL database startup Aerospike has raised a $20 million series C round of venture capital and is open sourcing its in-memory key-value store.  NEA led the round, which also included Columbus Nova Technology Partners, Alsop Louie Partners and Regis McKenna.
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.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Yahoo's Mayer Says She Apologized for Lateness to Cannes Dinner  —  Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer said she apologized and did “feel really badly” for being late to a dinner with advertisers last week in Cannes, France, in her first public comments since facing criticism over the incident.
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Matt Brian / Engadget:
EU confirms up to 55% cut in data roaming rates from July 1  —  Europe's next roaming charge cut comes into force on July 1st  —  From July, anyone travelling in any of the EU member countries with their smartphone will enjoy a few less numbers on their bill.
Shreyas Gandhe / Neowin:
First gen Nokia X devices won't be updated to Platform 2.0  —  The first generation Nokia X smartphones which were released in February, will not be getting updated to the Nokia X software featured on the Nokia X2.  —  In a detailed post about the Nokia X2 smartphone user experience …
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft's Top Lawyer Slams Secret Surveillance Court  —  The U.S.'s secret surveillance court is unaccountable to the public and not “inclined to promote justice,” Microsoft's top lawyer said Wednesday.  —  General counsel Brad Smith said the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Helpshift raises $10M to help mobile game companies (and others) deal with the customer-service hordes  —  Helpshift has raised $10 million in venture capital funding to finance its expansion as the help desk for mobile app publishers.  The company helps mobile game publishers like Supercell deal …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Ex-Hulu CEO Jason Kilar teases video startup Vessel, raises $75M from Benchmark, Greylock, and Bezos  —  Jason Kilar's New Startup Has a Name, and a Whole Lot of Money  —  Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar still doesn't want to say much about the startup he has been working on since last fall.

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