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June 30, 2014, 11:20 PM

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
More details on Microsoft's desktop-focused Windows ‘Threshold’ release; public preview expected in fall 2014, release in spring 2015  —  Windows ‘Threshold’: More on Microsoft's plan to win over Windows 7 users  —  Summary: One of Microsoft's main goals with 'Threshold …
Paulo Golgher / Orkut Blog:
Google to shut down Orkut on September 30, will create archive of all public communities  —  Tchau Orkut  —  Ten years ago, Orkut was Google's first foray into social networking.  Built as a “20 percent” project, Orkut communities started conversations, and forged connections, that had never existed before.
Abhijeet M. / SamMobile:
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini to hit retail in mid-July  —  Just like a new Galaxy S flagship is a given each year, so is a new iteration of the current Galaxy S' mini variant, a device that Samsung always hopes to sell not based on its feature list, but on the fact that it carries the name of the company's multimillion-selling flagship.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
“Buy Now” Buttons Start Appearing in Tweets.  Is Twitter Shopping Finally Here?  —  Two things stand out about the sneakers pictured above in a screenshot from Twitter.  First, their list price is a cool $170 million (though we imagine that's a glitch).  —  Second, there's a “Buy now” button included in the tweet.
More: CNET, Ubergizmo and Mashable
Tweets: @caseynewton and @jbruin
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Twitter Scoops Up AdTech Firm Tap Commerce for Around $100 Million  —  Twitter is in the process of acquiring Tap Commerce, a New York-based mobile advertising technology firm, according to sources familiar with the situation.  The deal is expected to be announced later on Monday.
ProPublica:
Bulk or targeted? Foreign or domestic? This handy chart plots the answer for each NSA program  —  The NSA Revelations All in One Chart  —  This is a plot of the NSA programs revealed in the past year according to whether they are bulk or targeted, and whether the targets of surveillance are foreign or domestic.
More: VentureBeatTweets: @loisbeckett and @propublica
Adam Sherwin / The Independent:
Google Glass to be banned from all UK cinemas  —  If you've just acquired a Google Glass headset for £1,000, don't show it off at the movies.  UK cinemas are to ban the headsets over fears that the gadgets can be used to make pirate copies of Hollywood blockbusters.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
New N.S.A. Chief Calls Damage From Snowden Leaks Manageable  —  FORT MEADE, Md. — The newly installed director of the National Security Agency says that while he has seen some terrorist groups alter their communications to avoid surveillance techniques revealed by Edward J. Snowden …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple rolls out two-step verification for iCloud.com Web apps  —  Apple appears to be testing out a new implementation of its two-factor Apple ID authentication system with iCloud.com, requiring users who have the additional layer of security enabled to enter a special code before accessing the Web apps.
Samit Sarkar / Polygon:
Ouya now selling 12-month pass to 800 games for $59.99  —  Ouya launched a limited deal today, the All-Access Pass, which gives customers 12 months' worth of access to almost all games on the platform for $59.99.  —  According to its listing on the Ouya Shop, the All-Access Pass covers …
Steve Johnson / Mercury News:
Hewlett-Packard and shareholders reach settlement in suit over Autonomy deal  —  PALO ALTO — In a victory for Hewlett-Packard, the tech giant said Monday it has tentatively reached a settlement in a federal shareholder lawsuit over its ill-fated purchase of British software company Autonomy …
More: CNET and NASDAQ.com
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Millions of dynamic DNS users suffer after Microsoft seizes No-IP domains  —  Legitimate users caught in legal fire designed to take down botnets.  —  Millions of legitimate servers that rely on dynamic domain name services from No-IP.com suffered outages on Monday after Microsoft seized 22 domain names …
Reuters:
Automakers incrementally approach self-driving cars, see dangers to Google's eagerness  —  Google, Detroit diverge on road map for self-driving cars  —  (Reuters) - In 2012, a small team of Google Inc engineers and business staffers met with several of the world's largest car makers …
More: DailyTech and SlashGear
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Rolls Out App Install And Engagement Ads, And New Click Pricing, Globally  —  Social networking platform Twitter says its MoPub ad network now reaches more than 1 billion iOS and Android users every month, and so today it is making its latest move to build out that mobile advertising business with more products.

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