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June 3, 2015, 5:35 PM

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Chris Sacca / LOWERCASE capital:
Chris Sacca offers 8,500 words of criticism and advice for Twitter, says he's not an activist investor  —  What Twitter Can Be.  —  Disclaimers: 1) This is a very long read.  Thinking about a company and using its product obsessively for nine years straight will do that to you. 2) My funds and I own a lot of Twitter stock.
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Sources: new Apple TV hardware will not be announced at WWDC  —  Apple to Unveil Tool Kit for Watch App Developers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Apple began selling the Apple Watch in April, Phillip Ryu did not rush to create an app for the gadget.  Because the device has limited animation …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Yahoo to livestream web's first NFL game on Oct. 25, pays reported $20M for free broadcast  —  Yahoo Will Stream the NFL's First Web Game, for Free  —  A couple of months ago, when the NFL announced that for the first time ever, it would show a regular season game (almost) …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Tim Cook talks data encryption and criticizes competitors' stances on customer privacy at Washington event  —  Apple's Tim Cook Delivers Blistering Speech On Encryption, Privacy  —  Yesterday evening, Apple CEO Tim Cook was honored for ‘corporate leadership’ during EPIC's Champions of Freedom event in Washington.
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
HomeKit documented officially by Apple, as Apple TV confirmed as gateway device  —  A new Apple support document for HomeKit has now officially confirmed our earlier report that the Apple TV would serve as a hub for HomeKit devices.  The document confirms an Apple TV is needed …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Skype crashes after specific 8-char string is received in chat, updates released with fix  —  These 8 characters crash Skype, and once they're in your chat history, the app can't start (Update: fixed)  —  Skype users have discovered a rather nasty bug in the app.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Showtime to launch streaming service offering full back catalog and livestreams for $10.99 a month on July 12, first available on iPhones, iPads, Apple TV, web  —  Showtime undercuts HBO with $10.99 stand-alone streaming service  —  Showtime is launching an internet TV service …
TechCrunch:
Piston Goes To Cisco, Blue Box to IBM As OpenStack Consolidation Accelerates  —  Cisco announced this morning it has purchased private cloud — and OpenStack — specialist Piston Cloud Computing.  The acquisition comes on the heels of its Metacloud purchase last Fall, and the acquisition marks …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple Recalls Beats Pill XL Due To “Rare” Fire Safety Risk  —  Apple has issued a voluntary recall for the Beats Pill XL Bluetooth speaker, which is made by the company it acquired last year.  The speaker, originally created pre-acquisition, apparently poses a potential fire safety risk …
James Risley / GeekWire:
Amazon brings Minions ads to delivery boxes, marking its first advertising deal on packaging … Your next Amazon box might double as a billboard.  The company has started sending boxes featuring advertisements for the new Minions movie — the first non-Amazon ads to appear on the company's delivery boxes.
More: TIME and TechCrunchTweets: @counternotions
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Synaptics announces SmartBar, a technology that adds capacitive touch to the spacebar  —  Synaptics adds capacitive touch to your spacebar, because why not?  —  “SmartBar” tech and fingerprint readers for PC mice shown off at Computex.  —  Synaptics thinks your spacebar is “underutilized …
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Obama signs USA Freedom Act into law, surveillance measures of Patriot Act now resume  —  Let the snooping resume: Senate revives Patriot Act surveillance measures  —  Lawmakers approve a variation of the phone-records spy program Snowden revealed.  —  The Senate on Tuesday revived three …
More: eWeek, Inquirer and PCWorld
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Tests “Saved Replies,” A Tool That Lets Pages Respond To Customers With Canned Messages  —  Facebook is testing a new feature called “Saved Replies,” which will allow business Page owners the ability to write, save and then re-use canned messages when communicating with their customers over Facebook.
More: Marketing Land and MyTechSkoolTweets: @mgsiegler
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Groupon CFO Jason Child leaves to take same position at Jawbone  —  Groupon CFO Jumps to Jawbone in Latest Talent Grab  —  Jason Child, the CFO of Groupon, will be joining Jawbone in the same job.  —  The departure from the Chicago-based online discounts company was made this morning …
Cale Guthrie Weissman / Business Insider:
Sources: nearly all of Medium's sites are undergoing major upheavals; employees quiet on changes due to NDA  —  Medium, the publishing platform started by one of Twitter's cofounders, is gutting some of its most popular sites  —  Two weeks ago, publishing platform Medium …
Zeljka Zorz / Help Net Security:
SourceForge hijacks inactive accounts of popular software, adds 3rd party bundle-ware installers  —  SourceForge hijacks popular accounts to distribute 3rd-party software  —  Online source code repository SourceForge has apparently started taking over inactive accounts for popular software …
Kia Kokalitcheva / Fortune:
Opendoor launches service for home buyers, enables them to browse listings, organize a site visit, even make an offer  —  Is this the future of shopping for a house?  —  Imagine selling your house almost as soon as you decide to list it, and for a fair price.
More: GeekWireTweets: @ericwu01
Ryan Mac / Forbes:
Korean E-commerce Leader Coupang To Raise $1 Billion From SoftBank At $5 Billion Valuation  —  As a Harvard undergraduate student, Bom Kim signed off on most emails with a quote from his entrepreneurial hero, SoftBank leader Masayoshi Son.  “All I had was a dream and confidence for which I had no basis …
Michael J. Casey / Wall Street Journal:
NY Financial Regulator Lawsky Releases Final BitLicense Rules for Bitcoin Firms  —  Rules to only regulate intermediaries with custody of customer funds, not software developers  —  Outgoing New York Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin Lawsky released sweeping new rules …
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
Yahoo brings third-party verification tags from comScore, Moat, DoubleVerify, and others to its ads in order to independently verify viewability rates  —  Yahoo Says Welcome To Third-Party Fraud And Viewability Tags  —  Brands need to feel confident that their ads are being seen - and “because we said so” is not an acceptable answer.

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