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June 27, 2014, 10:15 PM

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Dan Rowinski / ReadWrite:
Nexus program manager Dave Burke says Google has no plans to stop making Nexus devices  —  No, Google Isn't Going To Kill Its Nexus Devices  —  Rumors of the demise of Google's Nexus line of “pure Android” devices have been greatly exaggerated.  When Google launches the official release …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple To Cease Development Of Aperture And Transition Users To Photos For OS X  —  With the release of OS X Yosemite later this year, Apple will cease the development of its ‘pro’ photo editing app.  —  “With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources: Facebook has disbanded the original team of engineers working on Facebook Home  —  What Happened to the Facebook Phone?  Not Very Much, It Seems  —  Facebook has long wanted to be a major part of how you use your smartphone.  Now, it looks as if the company has all but abandoned one of its major strategies to do so.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
The NSA just posted its first-ever transparency report  —  The National Security Agency has posted its first full transparency report.  Posted on the official agency Tumblr, the report breaks out the total number of orders for 2013, broken out into FISA orders, National Security Letters, and government requests for business records.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Widespread outages leave Verizon customers without upgrades and online payments  —  Many Verizon Wireless customers are reporting that the carrier's online systems have been unavailable for well over 24 hours now.  Complaints about the downtime are flooding Twitter; subscribers are currently unable …
Bloomberg:
The Fancy Said to Seek Funding at $1.2 Billion Valuation  —  The Fancy, an online shop with eclectic goods curated by customers, is seeking to raise money at a valuation as much as $1.2 billion, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said.  —  An investment in the Web retailer …
iFixit:
iPod Touch 5th Generation 16 GB 2014 Teardown  —  Apple has quietly introduced an updated version of the iPod Touch 5th Generation 16 GB.  What exactly is Apple trying to sneak past us?  We're about to find out.  Join us as we explore the newest addition to the iPod Touch family.
James Vincent / The Independent:
Facebook introduces more than 70 new gender options to the UK: ‘We want to reflect society’  —  Custom options added specifically for the UK market include intersex man, asexual, and hermaphrodite  —  From today, Facebook users in the UK will be able to choose from more than 70 new gender options …
Wall Street Journal:
Peer-to-peer lending platform Lending Club taps banks for IPO, could raise more than $500M  —  Peer-to-Peer Lender Has Tapped Banks Including Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs to Work on IPO  —  Lending Club Corp. has started on its anticipated process for going public …
Josh Horwitz / Tech in Asia:
Line's DIY sticker store now goes live in the US, UK, and 7 more countries  —  Early last month popular Japanese messaging app Line officially opened up its Creators Market in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia, letting graphic designers sell their own graphics to users while splitting the fees 50-50 with the company.

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Microsoft:
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