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June 25, 2014, 9:20 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 …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Optical Image Stabilization May Be Differentiating Factor for 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 [Updated]  —  Rumors have suggested Apple's next-generation iPhone may include camera improvements in the form of optical image stabilization with modules produced by sensor company InvenSense …
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.
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter tests ‘retweet with comment’ that shows referenced tweet as a card below your comment  —  Twitter Is Experimenting With A New Way To Retweet  —  The best thing about Twitter is that it forces users to embrace brevity thanks to its 140-character updates.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Philips, Infineon, Samsung face EU antitrust fines  —  (Reuters) - EU regulators are poised to fine Philips, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Infineon Technologies AG in the coming weeks for fixing prices of chips used in mobile SIM cards, two people familiar with the case said on Tuesday.
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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 …
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 …
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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