June 26, 2014, 3:10 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.
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Mat Honan / Wired:
Everything You Need to Know About Google's I/O Keynote  —  We're at Google's big developer conference today, Google I/O 2014.  We're expecting an Android-news heavy show, with lots of announcements about the future of the operating system, including Android in the home, the car, and all sort of other devices.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Android Wear Smartwatches Compared: Samsung Gear Live, LG's G Watch & Moto 360  —  Google's Android Wear smartwatches are here!  Well, almost.  Those from Samsung and LG are available for pre-order now, with delivery early next month.  A third from Motorola arrives later this summer.
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 …
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.
Kelly Hodgkins / MacRumors:
Apple launches new 16GB iPod Touch with rear camera for $199, drops 32/64GB models to $249/$299  —  Apple Launches New 16GB iPod Touch for $199, Drops 32/64GB Models to $249/$299  —  Following our report from earlier today, Apple has launched its new entry-level 16 GB fifth-generation iPod touch …
Joseph Keller / iMore:
Opera Mini updated for the first time since 2012 with new look, data savings  —  Opera Mini has been updated for the first time since October 2012, applying a fresh coat of paint to the app and adding a few new features in version 8.  These features include Data Savings, themes, and a new way to discover content on the web.

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Convergence EMEA: Matching business challenges to technological solutions  —  Perspective from Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Microsoft International, leading up to the keynote in Barcelona at 6:30 a.m. PT on Nov. 30.
Federal Insecurity  —  The number of security incidents impacting Federal agencies has grown from 5,503 in 2006 to 67,168 in 2014 — a massive 1121% increase in 8 years — what can be done?
What consumers have to say about Bitcoin, P2P, social spending and more  —  We asked 7000 digital consumers how they expect to pay for digital goods & services in the future.  The results are in.
Upload Web Receipts for scanning with the new Google Chrome add-on  —  Remember the days of keeping receipts in a shoebox?  Sure, you had them all in one place, but they weren't organized, they weren't sorted …
CareerArc: How Square's Debut Draws Concerns Over IPO “Ratchets” & Impact on Tech Talent  —  Square's IPO points a spotlight on “IPO Ratchets”—now a common demand among tech investors.  But how might ratchets affect employees?

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