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June 25, 2014, 3:15 PM

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Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Google's next version of Android ‘L-release’ has a new look, deeper ties to the web  —  KitKat may have only found its way on to roughly 15 percent of phones at this point, but that won't stop Google from looking to the future.  The new version, teased by Sundar Pichai is simply being referred to as the “L-release” right now.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Unveils New Cross Platform Design Language “Material Design”  —  Google announced a new universal design language, called Material Design, as part of the forthcoming “L” release of Google's Android mobile operating system.  The design is meant to offer a more consistent …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
At I/O, Google launches Android Wear, says Moto360 coming this summer  —  Google's wearable platform comes to market, LG G Watch ready for order today.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—While the Android Wear emulator has been out for months, Google said today at its I/O conference that the OS and hardware are now ready for consumers.
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Google previews Android apps running on Chromebooks  —  Google has confirmed that its Chromebook devices will one day be able to run standard Android apps during its IO keynote today.  —  During the presentation, the company showed off Vine and Flipboard apps running on a Chromebook, which, of course, uses Google's own Chrome OS.
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Android now has 1 billion active users per month  —  Google announced at its I/O developer conference that it now boasts over 1 billion monthly-active users on its Android platform.  That's up from a 538 million figure from last year's I/O.  —  Previously, Google measured Android usage …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Supreme Court rules Aereo's service illegal, must pay copyright fees if it wants to continue operations  —  Aereo loses to broadcasters in Supreme Court fight for its life  —  The Supreme Court struck a dramatic blow against Aereo today in a ruling that puts the TV streaming service as it currently exists on its deathbed.
Chet Kanojia / Aereo:
Aereo CEO on SCOTUS ruling: “we are disappointed in the outcome, but our work is not done”  —  Statement from Aereo CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia on United States Supreme Court Decision  —  Court decision denies consumers the ability to use a cloud-based antenna to access free …
Adam Serwer / MSNBC:
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Google Introduces Android TV, Its New Platform For Smart TV Apps And Navigation  —  Google has spent many years trying to find its way onto the biggest screen in the house.  Today at its I/O developer conference, the the company introduced yet another product that it hopes will accomplish that goal — a new Android TV operating system.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Mobile Testing Platform Appurify, Will Keep It Open On iOS And Android  —  Goole just announced at I/O that it has acquired Appurify, a startup that lets developers automate testing testing and optimization of their mobile apps and websites.  Appurify will stay open …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon Is Quietly Launching A Local Takeout Service To Rival GrubHub, Seamless And DeliveryHero  —  Amazon has been tipped to launch a local services marketplace this year to rival the likes of Thumbtack, Angie's List and Yelp.  Now one part of that effort looks like it's about to go live …
Jungah Lee / Bloomberg:
Samsung Electronics Says 2Q Earnings ‘Not That Good’  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), the world's largest smartphone maker, expects its second-quarter earnings to be “not that good,” Chief Financial Officer Lee Sang Hoon said.  —  Lee's comments were confirmed by the company after they were first reported by South Korean media.
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Facebook's Snapchat rival Slingshot is now available worldwide  —  Facebook opens up Snapchat clone Slingshot to international users  —  Slingshot, an ephemeral messaging app that lets users ‘pay’ for photos with their own in response, is now available worldwide  —  Facebook's Slingshot app is now available in the UK.

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