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June 17, 2014, 4:40 AM

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New York Times:
Jonathan Ive on Apple's Design Process and Product Philosophy  —  When Steven P. Jobs led Apple, he created a core principle for the company's designers and engineers: stay fully focused on making great products.  —  That philosophy continues to guide Apple, even under its new chief executive …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Nest Brings Back The Protect At $99, But Waving Is Still Disabled  —  The Nest Protect is now available following its two-month hiatus after it was pulled for safety concerns.  The smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector is now only $99, down from its $119 launch price.
Wall Street Journal:
Nuance explores possible sale, met with Samsung and private-equity firms  —  Nuance Communications Explores Possible Sale  —  Speech-Recognition Software Maker's Customers Include Samsung, Apple  —  Speech-recognition software maker Nuance Communications Inc. has held discussions …
The Unicode Blog:
Unicode version 7.0 released: 2,834 new characters including 250 emoji  —  Announcing The Unicode Standard, Version 7.0  —  Version 7.0 of the Unicode Standard is now available, adding 2,834 new characters.  This latest version adds the new currency symbols for the Russian ruble and Azerbaijani manat …
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Apple Settles E-Books Pricing Case With States, Consumers  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) reached a settlement with U.S. states and consumers seeking damages over the company's fixing of electronic book prices, avoiding a trial in which it faced as much as $840 million in claims.
Steven Levy / Wired:
One year on, Loon balloon flight times increase 10X, download speeds reach 5-20 Mbps with LTE  —  Google's Balloon Internet Experiment, One Year Later  —  Earlier this month, Mike Cassidy, a project director at Google's high-risk research division X, woke before dawn in the Northwest Brazilian state of Piauí.
Jill Lepore / New Yorker:
What the Theory of “Disruptive Innovation” Gets Wrong  —  In the last years of the nineteen-eighties, I worked not at startups but at what might be called finish-downs.  Tech companies that were dying would hire temps—college students and new graduates—to do what little was left of the work of the employees they'd laid off.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
The history of Android: The endless iterations of Google's mobile OS  —  Android's home screen over the years.  —  Android has been with us in one form or another for more than six years.  During that time, we've seen an absolutely breathtaking rate of change unlike any other development cycle that has ever existed.
More: BGR
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple considered buying Parse before building new CloudKit feature itself  —  In an extensive profile of Parse co-founder and Facebook executive Ilya Sukhar, The Information reveals that Apple considered purchasing the cloud services startup before Facebook:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Ahead Of Smartphone Launch, Amazon Announces Its Appstore Has Tripled Year-Over-Year To 240,000 Apps  —  Ahead of a press conference this week where Amazon is expected to introduce its first-ever Amazon smartphone, the company is making a point to call out how much its mobile app ecosystem has grown in recent months.
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
Google names first round of Glass at Work partners  —  Summary: Google chose broad mix of industry segments to develop enterprise applications for Glass, ranging from medical and media to sports and entertainment.  —  While Google Glass remains a subject of mockery in the consumer realm …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Has Quietly Acquired Parastructure, A Big Data Startup In Stealth  —  Dropbox has been acquiring companies to help it expand the services that it can offer to consumers and enterprises beyond cloud storage.  But the company — which has raised $1.1 billion and is among …
More: VentureBeat and Gigaom
BBC:
US lifts restrictions on more detailed satellite images  —  The Worldview-3 satellite is set to launch in August  —  Sites like Google and Bing Maps will be able to use higher-quality satellite images, thanks to US government restrictions being lifted.  —  Companies had not been allowed …

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