June 27, 2014, 5:05 AM

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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 …
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:
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” …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple's ‘Podcasts’ App Crashing on Launch  —  Apple's Podcasts app appears to be malfunctioning for many users, crashing directly after being launched on both devices running iOS 7.1.1 and devices running iOS 8 beta 2.  Multiple reports of the crashes have surfaced on Twitter …
More: AppleInsider, 9to5Mac and iMoreTweets: @parislemon
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.
Joe Miller / BBC:
Amazon pressing for new terms in UK, wants to print books itself if publishers run out of stock  —  Amazon ‘bullies’ UK publishers on printing and promotions  —  There are hundreds of publishing companies in the UK  —  Amazon is facing a battle with UK publishers as it seeks to secure …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
YouTube's New Creator Tools Include Donations, Fan-Submitted Subtitles, And A Mobile Creator Studio App  —  YouTube is by far the largest platform for online video viewership in the world.  But frankly, it wouldn't be anything without its creators.  That's why in a keynote today at Vidcon …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Uber turns gay marriage into a marketing stunt with on-demand weddings during SF Pride weekend  —  Uber Turns Gay Marriage Into A Marketing Stunt  —  In honor of Pride weekend in San Francisco, Uber is cheapening the whole concept of marriage by letting you order a wedding on demand.
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 …
Greg Sterling / Marketing Land:
Comscore: Apps Now Account For Half Of All Digital Media Time  —  Even if you never looked at a single survey or piece of data you'd know that time spent with smartphones and tablets is growing dramatically, just from anecdotal experience.  However there are multiple studies that report mobile …

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