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June 26, 2014, 2:45 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.
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” …
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 …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
LG is making a Google Project Tango device for 2015  —  Google's Project Tango team is working with LG to release a commercial device based on the platform, expected to hit store shelves in 2015.  The partnership, revealed at Google IO 2014 during a presentation from Google's ATAP team of skunkworks …
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 …
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.
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.
Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:
Couchbase rakes in $60 million to improve upon its NoSQL technology  —  NoSQL database specialist Couchbase has raised $60 million in a Series E investment round, bringing the company's total funding to $115 million.  With the influx of cash, the company plans to invest aggressively …
Brent Rose / Gizmodo:
Moto 360 Hands-On: This Smartwatch Will Make You Swoon  —  We just went hands-on with Samsung's first Android Wear, the Gear Live.  It was lovely and very promising.  But then we just got to strap Motorola's Moto 360 on, and oh man, it's gorgeous.  GORGEOUS.  Here are our quick first impressions.

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Intel:
Disrupting the Data Center to Create the Digital Services Economy  —  I had the pleasure of joining Tom Krazit on stage at the Gigaom Structure'14 conference to share Intel's vision of the data center in support of the growth of the digital services economy.
VMware:
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