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June 19, 2013, 12:30 PM

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Apple:
HBO GO & WatchESPN Come to Apple TV  —  iTunes Viewers Now Purchasing Over 800,000 TV Episodes & Over 350,000 Movies Per Day  —  Apple® today announced that HBO GO and WatchESPN are now available directly on Apple TV® joining the great lineup of programming offered to customers. iTunes® users …
Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
As Fab Raises Another $150 Million at a $1 Billion Valuation, E-Commerce Industry Looks On Warily  —  Here's an interesting exercise I tried recently when talking with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists involved in e-commerce: “I say ‘Fab’; you say?”  —  “Inspiring.”  —  “Ballsy.”  —  “Ambitious.”
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Feedly Cloud Goes Live To Replace Google Reader's Backend, Power New Web Version Of Feedly's App  —  In 10 days, Google's RSS feed-reading service Google Reader will shut down for good.  In its wake, developers working on products in the RSS ecosystem have been stepping up to deliver apps, tools and other services to fill the void.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple testing deep LinkedIn integration for iOS 7  —  Further bolstering the presence of third-party social networks in iOS, Apple is testing deep LinkedIn integration for the upcoming release of iOS 7, according to code-based references found inside of the first beta of iOS 7.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Add Qualcomm as Surface RT Supplier  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), seeking to break into the market for tablet computers, will update its Surface RT using chips from Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM), people with knowledge of the company's plans said.  —  Some new versions of Surface …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
NSA Implementing ‘Two-Person’ Rule To Stop The Next Edward Snowden  —  The next Edward Snowden may need a partner on the inside.  —  On Tuesday, National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander told a congressional hearing of the Intelligence Committee that the agency is implementing a …
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Howard Blume / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. school board OKs $30 million for Apple iPads  —  L.A. schools Supt.  John Deasy stepped out of a Tuesday Board of Education meeting during a vote to spend $30 million on iPads because, he said, he owns a small amount of stock in Apple.  (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times / March 13, 2012)
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
TripAdvisor Continues Acquisition Spree, Buys GateGuru Mobile App For Real-Time Travel Info  —  Travel portal TripAdvisor continues to push ahead with its mobile and social acquisitions: today the company announced that it has acquired GateGuru, a mobile app that provides real-time information on airports, weather, and flights.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Power Testing: Can Two New Laptops Really Last All Day?  —  Most consumers pay little or no attention to the processors and other chips that power their computers, and rightly so.  In recent years, changes to the design of these chips haven't made major, noticeable differences in everyday computing tasks.
More: iMore and Macworld
Steven M. Davidoff / DealBook:
Google's Effort to Skirt Regulation May Invite More Scrutiny  —  Google's motto is “don't be evil.”  But its recent acquisition of Waze, reportedly for $1 billion in cash, shows that just because you're not evil, it doesn't mean you can't be aggressive in pushing the boundaries of the law.
Ryan Tate / Wired:
The Price to Pay for Facebook's Free Wi-Fi?  A Scrap of Privacy  —  The idea of offering people free Wi-Fi in exchange for their physical coordinates began at Facebook as a one-off experiment, a project by two engineers during an all-nighter in May 2012.  Since then, Facebook has gradually spread …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
HTC Butterfly s revealed: 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, UltraPixel camera sensor (video)  —  HTC's just pulled back the proverbial curtains on the Butterfly s at its Taiwan launch event.  It'll arrive boasting an identical-sounding 5-inch 1080p display, front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers and Sense 5 as expected.
Esther Zuckerman / The Atlantic Wire:
Amazon Wants to Create Appointment TV Online, Not Follow Netflix Binging  —  Though Netflix may have emerged as the frontrunner when it comes to original streaming content, what with the successes of House of Cards and Arrested Development, don't expect Amazon to be following in its footsteps entirely.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Developers Can Now Ship Hard Drives To Google To Import Large Amounts Of Data To Cloud Storage  —  Google just added a new service to Google Cloud Storage that will allow developers to send their hard drives to Google to import very large data sets that would otherwise be too expensive and time-consuming to import.
Robert Hof / Forbes:
You Know What's Cool?  1 Million Advertisers At Facebook  —  Facebook just hit 1 million advertisers, a milestone that signals that it has become a mainstream advertising channel for small and medium-sized businesses.  —  OK, so maybe cool isn't the right word, but it's hard to resist a good line from The Social Network movie.

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