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June 18, 2015, 9:00 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple Watch 2: Apple plans FaceTime camera, iPhone-free Wi-Fi, $1000+ models, similar battery  —  Two months after the initial launch of the Apple Watch, and only a day following the device's debut at Apple Stores, sources have revealed Apple's considerations for the 2016 release of a second-generation model.
Mat Honan / BuzzFeed:
Twitter's Project Lightning will make events easier to follow for logged-in and logged-out users  —  Twitter's Top Secret Project Lightning Revealed  —  The new tool will give the company a way to show the best of Twitter to both logged-in and logged-out users on a variety of platforms.
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Nokia to design and license smartphones in 2016 when Microsoft agreement permits it  —  Nokia CEO says to get back into phones: Manager Magazin  —  Nokia, once the world's biggest maker of mobile phones, plans to start designing and licensing handsets again once an agreement …
New York Times:
Fitbit shares soar in trading debut, close up 48.4% or $9.68, at $29.68  —  Fitbit Shares Surge 48 Percent in Market Debut  —  Shares of Fitbit soared in their trading debut on Thursday, even after the company priced its initial public offering above an already heightened range.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
EFF's 2015 Data Privacy Report Lauds Apple, Dropbox, Slams Verizon  —  Digital rights organization the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has published its fifth annual Who has your back? report into online service providers' transparency and privacy practices when it comes to government requests for accessing user data.
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Ellen Pao Officially Found Liable For Roughly $276,000 In Court Fees From Kleiner Perkins  —  Ellen Pao not only lost on all counts of a high-profile sexual discrimination case earlier this year, but Judge Harold Kahn has officially ordered the interim Reddit CEO to pay more than a quarter …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google quietly acquired “app streaming” startup Agawi last fall that lets users access apps without downloading them first  —  Google Confirms Acquisition Of Agawi, A Specialist In Streaming Native Mobile Apps  —  Native apps have overtaken the web as the main place …
Gordon Mah Ung / PCWorld:
HP announces back-to-school Envy and Pavilion laptops with USB-C and detachable screens  —  The convertible Pavilion x2 highlights HP's assortment, which also offers choices between AMD and Intel CPUs.  —  Executive Editor, PCWorld  —  HP's new crop of back-to-school laptops debut when summer …
Julia Love / Reuters:
Slice Intelligence research says 2.79M Apple Watches sold to date; IHS estimates $49 band costs Apple $2  —  Exclusive: Apple mines big profits from Watch band  —  Nearly 20 percent of Apple Watch buyers are not only shelling out hundreds of dollars for the timepiece but are springing for a spare band too …
Thomas Gryta / Wall Street Journal:
An Early Net-Neutrality Win: Rules Prompt Sprint to Stop Throttling  —  FCC's new net-neutrality rules went into effect Friday  —  The Federal Communications Commission's new net-neutrality rules are already having an effect.  —  Sprint, the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Toshiba's Windows 10 laptops all have a built-in Cortana key  —  Toshiba just unveiled its back-to-school laptop lineup, and while mainstream notebooks are normally a bit of a snooze, there's at least one detail that makes these worth a second look.  Everything in the line …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Google and Storyful are launching YouTube Newswire, a feed of verified user-generated videos  —  Storyful and Google News Lab today are launching YouTube Newswire, a dedicated YouTube channel meant to serve as a resource for journalists looking for user-generated videos from around the world …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg Business:
Twitter planning first ever major marketing campaign, which will aim to better explain the purpose and benefits of the service  —  Twitter Said to Plan Marketing Campaign, New Live Events Feature  —  Twitter Inc. is working on a marketing campaign to better explain how to use its services, people with knowledge of the effort said.
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