June 26, 2014, 4:15 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:
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Brent Rose / Gizmodo:
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 …

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