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June 25, 2014, 4:50 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat Snags Facebook's Mike Randall As Monetization VP  —  Facebook may be stealing Snapchat's features, but Snapchat is stealing Facebook's employees, including a new one who could help it begin to make money.  TechCrunch has learned that Snapchat has just signed the Global Director …
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 …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Montana health department hack hits more people than live in the entire state  —  The state of Montana is sending out notifications to 1.3 million people this week, warning them that a data breach on a state health department server last year may have revealed their personal information to hackers.

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