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June 3, 2015, 10:05 PM

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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 …
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.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg Business:
Twitter an “instant fit” for Google to buy, says Chris Sacca on CNBC, ahead of the company's shareholder meeting  —  Google Buying Twitter an ‘Instant Fit,’ Investor Sacca Says  —  Longtime Twitter Inc. investor Chris Sacca said it would be a good fit with Google Inc. in a merger scenario …
More: CNBC and StreetInsider.comTweets: @sacca
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) …
Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Meg Whitman confirms HP split for Nov. 1; HP Enterprise gets new logo but future vision remains vague  —  Whitman Paints a Vague Picture of Hewlett Packard Enterprise  —  LAS VEGAS — Meg Whitman, chairwoman and chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, explained her dream Tuesday for Hewlett Packard Enterprise …
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: Tech Times, 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 …
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 …
Mark Harris / Guardian:
NASA and Verizon team up in $500K project to develop technology to monitor civilian and commercial drone use via cell tower, tests expected to begin in summer  —  Nasa and Verizon plan to monitor US drone network from phone towers  —  Exclusive: Federal agency is developing technology …
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 …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Fantastical calendar app lands on the Apple Watch with full Reminders support  —  When Apple Watch and Watch OS 1.0 shipped in April, the definite omission of an Apple Reminders app on the platform was particularly surprising to me.  The Apple Watch User Guide even highlights the app's absence:
Kevin McCoy / USA Today:
IRS: Cyberthieves stole up to $39M  —  Cyberthieves responsible for a large IRS data breach stole as much as $39 million in fraudulent tax refunds after gaining access to taxpayer information, the head of the nation's tax agency told Congress Tuesday.  —  IRS Commissioner John Koskinen provided …
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 …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Sources: DST Global Led Mobile Shopping App Wish's $500M Round  —  DST Global, Yuri Milner's late stage VC fund, took the lead on the purported $500 million financing round invested in Wish, the mobile shopping app, according to people familiar with the matter.
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 …

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