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June 30, 2014, 10:40 AM

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Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
Facebook Doesn't Understand The Fuss About Its Emotion Manipulation Study  —  * Updated with an additional statement from Adam Kramer, the Facebook data scientist who conducted the study.  —  This weekend, the Internet discovered a study published earlier this month in an academic journal …
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Privacy-focused Blackphone starts shipping for $630  —  If you missed our coverage during Mobile World Congress, then here's what you need to know about Blackphone: it's a mid-spec Android smartphone that comes pre-subscribed to (and pre-installed with) a bunch of privacy and anti-surveillance services, for a price of $629 off-contract.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Exclusive: A review of the Blackphone, the Android for the paranoid  —  Built for privacy, the Blackphone runs a beefed-up Android called PrivOS.  —  Based on some recent experience, I'm of the opinion that smartphones are about as private as a gas station bathroom.
Adam Sherwin / The Independent:
UK cinemas ban Google glasses over piracy risk  —  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.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Japanese E-Commerce Giant Rakuten Launches $100M Global Investment Fund  —  June is barely over, but Rakuten has already had a busy year.  In addition to purchasing messaging app Viber for $900 million, the Japanese consumer Internet conglomerate also made investments in several companies based …
Bill Wasik / Wired:
Inside Highway1, PCH's incubator to help hardware startups prototype and manufacture products  —  The Man Making Silicon Valley Go Crazy for Hardware  —  Liam Casey, the founder and CEO of PCH, which is trying to create a platform to take hardware startups from “zero to Apple.”  Ian Allen
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Mobile-Only Bank Osper Raises $10M To Aim At UK Youth Market  —  Osper, a new UK startup, has come up with an innovative way to create a banking service than can be used by children, combining prepaid debit cards and smartphone apps controlled by both them and their parents.
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Akamai: Global average web speed up 24% annually to 3.9 Mbps, 20% of connections now above 10 Mbps  —  1.2K  —  The global average internet speed is continuing its steady increase, growing 1.8 percent quarter-over-quarter and 24 percent year-on-year to reach 3.9 Mbps, according to Akamai …

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Does Ello's Sudden Rise In Popularity Herald A New Era Of Social Media?  —  The latest social network to be on the tip of everyone's tongue is the rebellious Ello which launched earlier this year and promises an ad-free experience.
Zoho:
Thank You India!  Your Spirit Made It Happen  —  Our much awaited Zoholics (Nov 20-21) India event just got over, and the response has been amazing.  Thank you for showing such an overwhelming support to our efforts …
Igloo:
All the coding ladies  —  Much has been said about women in technology this week as a result of Barbie once again, letting down the female population (or more appropriately, humankind as a whole) …
 

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