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June 26, 2014, 10:30 PM

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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.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
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 …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Google says Tango developer tablets will be available later this year for $1024, demos Tango and Ara at I/O  —  Google “moonshot” group demos modular phone that (almost) actually works  —  Google's Paul Eremenko, head of Project Ara.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Google's Advanced Technology and Projects …
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” …
Associated Press:
NSA fears prompt Germany to end Verizon contract  —  BERLIN (AP) — The German government is ending a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on sensitive communications, officials said Thursday.  —  The New York-based company …
Bloomberg:
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 …
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Skype for Windows Phone update enables Cortana integration  —  Microsoft is updating Skype for Windows Phone 8.1 today to enable full Cortana support.  Users of the latest version of Windows Phone will be able to initiate voice or video calls without opening the Skype app, using Cortana's voice control.
New York Times:
Facebook fights Manhattan DA, seeks to invalidate warrants demanding data on 381 users in disability fraud case  —  Facebook Battles Manhattan D.A. Over Warrants for User Data  —  Facebook and the New York district attorney's office are in a bitter fight over a privacy question that was bound …
More: The Verge and Facebook
Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal:
First Round Capital Gathers $175M for Fifth Fund  —  First Round Capital has closed its fifth fund at $175 million and plans to deploy it exactly as it has its prior funds: seeding startups. … The eight-year-old firm was among the first investors into group messaging app GroupMe Inc. …
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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