June 26, 2014, 6:00 PM

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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Google's ambitious agenda to reach every corner of our lives may also be its greatest challenge  —  A Reach Too Far by Google?  —  SAN FRANCISCO — One way to think of Google is as an extremely helpful, all-knowing, hyper-intelligent executive assistant.  Already, it can remind you about your flight …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
The Elephants In The Google I/O Room: Glass And Plus  —  Google's two-and-a-half-hour keynote address at its I/O conference today was filled with developer news.  A new design language for Android, cross-platform concessions, watch apps, a health platform and much more was shown off.
Mat Honan / Wired:
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple said to be working on ‘mainstream’ Smart Home hardware  —  With iPhones in pockets, Macs on desks, iPads in bags, and iWatches soon coming to the wrist, Apple is said to be eyeing another category for continued growth: Smart Home hardware.  The Cupertino-company is said to have assembled …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Here's a look at Android's L Developer Preview (hands-on)  —  By releasing a Developer Preview of the next version of Android (only known as “L” for now), Google is walking new ground — and it's blazing a glorious path that will greatly benefit the platform going forward.
Chance Miller / 9to5Google:
Android ‘L’ developer preview now available for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7  —  Just as the Google announced it would be during its I/O keynote yesterday, the developer preview of the “L” version of Android is now live.  Google claims that this update is the “biggest release in Android history” …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Chromecast will use ultrasonic sounds to pair your TV with your friend's phones  —  Now this is cool: Google's Chromecast team has found an interesting way to pair Chromecast streaming sticks with mobile devices that are not on the same Wi-Fi network.  Pairing is done through inaudible …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
WatchESPN's Record 1.7M Concurrent World Cup Viewers Beats The Super Bowl  —  The WatchESPN app (or site, or however you access it) was the way that many Americans were watching the US vs. Germany World Cup match today.  So many, in fact, that the site had issues serving all of its users in the first half.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
BlockScore Lands $2M In Funding For Making I.D. Verification Easier  —  In 2012, about 7 percent of all people aged 16 or older in the U.S. experienced identity theft, with their financial losses totaling $24.7 billion.  Christopher Morton is familiar with the crime because in 2007, he had his identity stolen.
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Google Starts Removing Search Results Under Europe's ‘Right to be Forgotten’  —  Search Engine Updated Technical Infrastructure Overnight to Start the Implementation  —  Google Inc. said Thursday that it has started removing results from its search engine under Europe's new “right to be forgotten …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Foodie video startup Tastemade raises $25M, releases Android app  —  Los Angeles-based online video startup Tastemade wants to become the digital Food Network, and it just got another major cash injection to make that happen: Tastemade raised a $25 million Series C from Scripps Networks Interactive …
Alibaba Picks New York Stock Exchange as Venue for Largest IPO  —  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. plans to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange, said a person with knowledge of the matter.  —  The decision is a blow to the Nasdaq Stock Market which was competing to become the venue …

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