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June 5, 2013, 4:55 AM

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Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Amazon plans big expansion of online grocery business: sources  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is planning a major roll-out of an online grocery business that it has been quietly developing for years, targeting one of the largest retail sectors yet to be upended by e-commerce, according to two people familiar with the situation.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Amazon reportedly taking its grocery delivery service to LA, SF in 2013, 20 more markets in 2014  —  According to Reuters, Amazon is ready to expand its AmazonFresh grocery delivery service to Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area in 2013, and, provided that those tests go well, 20 new markets in 2014.
Chris Schneider / The Microsoft Office Blog:
Outlook 2013 RT Coming to Windows RT Tablets as part of Windows 8.1 Update  —  Today at Computex 2013, Tami Reller, CFO and CMO of Microsoft's Windows Division, announced that Outlook 2013 RT will be available on Windows RT tablets as part of the free Windows 8.1 update coming later this year.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
‘Small’ Windows 8 tablets will ship with a free version of Office 2013  —  Microsoft has revealed that future 7- and 8-inch Windows 8 tablets will ship with a free copy of Office 2013.  Speaking at Computex on Wednesday, Windows CFO Tami Reller revealed plans for Office Home and Student 2013 …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Bloomberg Launches Bloomberg Beta, A $75 Million Early-Stage Investment Fund Led By Former IGN Exec Roy Bahat  —  Media company Bloomberg is launching its own venture capital fund, called Bloomberg Beta today.  With the fund, the company is putting aside $75 million to invest in early-stage startups.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sony unveils Haswell-based Vaio laptops that can be converted into tablets  —  Sony is unveiling a new line of Vaio Pro and Vaio Duo laptops with new Intel Haswell-based microprocessors.  —  Sony Duo 13  —  The Vaio Pro is a touch-enabled Ultrabook laptop that runs Windows 8.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
comScore: Apple increases lead as top US smartphone maker, Samsung gains; Android down fourth month in a row  —  In the US, Apple's dominance as the top smartphone OEM during the first quarter of 2013 has spilled over into April.  Samsung is gaining as well, but not quite as quickly.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
U.S. ITC issues limited import ban on AT&T models of Apple's older iPhones, iPads after Samsung patent win  —  The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a limited exclusion and cease & desist order for the AT&T versions of Apple's iPhone and iPad, reports Reuters, Bloomberg and others.
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Sprint Vital leaks out: 5-inch HD display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 13MP camera, Android 4.1 (video)  —  Looks like Sprint really is prepping a 5-inch Android flagship of its own: the Vital.  Thanks to an anonymous source, Engadget's received a motherlode of details on the upcoming …
Bruce Schneier / Schneier on Security:
The Problems with CALEA-II  —  The FBI wants a new law that will make it easier to wiretap the Internet.  Although its claim is that the new law will only maintain the status quo, it's really much worse than that.  This law will result in less-secure Internet products and create a foreign industry in more-secure alternatives.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's 500M user accounts second only to Facebook, viewed as key driver of future growth  —  Apple's current account base of 500 million users is growing and spending at a tremendous rate, suggesting to one analyst that new services such as mobile payments or streaming radio could be key to the company's future growth.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google Glass photo update brings HDR, better low-light shots and captions  —  At Google I/O, the Glass team promised monthly updates for the head-mounted computer.  Today, a new version of the software (XE6) is being shipped out to the few who have them so far and it contains a bunch of updates that center on images.
Times of India:
Amazon establishes online marketplace in India  —  BANGALORE: Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, has launched an online marketplace in India, Amazon.in, where third-party sellers can list their products and sell directly to customers.  India represents Amazon's tenth marketplace …
Katitza Rodriguez / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Internet Surveillance and Free Speech: the United Nations Makes the Connection  —  Frank La Rue, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion delivered this week a landmark report [PDF] on state surveillance and freedom of expression.
Justin Lafferty / AllFacebook:
Facebook Sees Record Gaming Numbers In 1Q  —  Facebook Monday released their latest gaming statistics, showing that 250 million people are playing games on Facebook each month.  The first quarter of the year also represented the most successful three-month period in terms of revenue and people playing games to date.

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