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June 26, 2014, 6:20 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 …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Google's Grand Plans: A Conversation With Google's Larry Page and Sundar Pichai  —  Shortly after Google's keynote presentation at the company's developer conference on Wednesday, I was ushered into a green room backstage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
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.
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.
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 …
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.

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