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June 27, 2014, 10:55 AM

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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Chromecast will use ultrasonic sounds to pair your TV with your friend's phones  —  Now this is cool: Google's Chromecast team has found an interesting way to pair Chromecast streaming sticks with mobile devices that are not on the same Wi-Fi network.  Pairing is done through inaudible …
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 …
New York Times:
Facebook fights Manhattan DA, seeks to invalidate warrants demanding data on 381 users in disability fraud case  —  Facebook Battles Manhattan D.A. Over Warrants for User Data  —  Facebook and the New York district attorney's office are in a bitter fight over a privacy question that was bound …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Japan's Moi Corporation raises $5M to expand its live streaming app TwitCasting globally  —  Japan's Moi Corporation Raises $5M For Mobile Live Streaming App TwitCasting  —  Once upon a time, say about three or four years ago, there were all sorts of companies trying to help users live stream themselves onto the Internet.
Dennis Schaal / Skift:
Expedia Acquires European Car-Rental Site Auto Escape Group  —  Expedia Inc. agreed to acquire European-based Auto Escape Group from a private equity fund.  / Auto Escape Group  —  The travel industry's merger and acquisition spree revved up a bit as Expedia Inc. agreed …
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.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Independent music labels want EU to intervene in YouTube row  —  (Reuters) - Music trade association Impala has asked European Union antitrust regulators to intervene in a row with Google Inc's YouTube over its paid streaming music service, saying some conditions demanded by the company were anti-competitive.
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 …

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