June 3, 2015, 1:20 PM

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Tim Cook talks data encryption and criticizes competitors' stances on customer privacy at Washington event  —  Apple's Tim Cook Delivers Blistering Speech On Encryption, Privacy  —  Yesterday evening, Apple CEO Tim Cook was honored for ‘corporate leadership’ during EPIC's Champions of Freedom event in Washington.
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg Business:
Amazon offers free shipping on select small goods to all customers without requiring a minimum order  —  Amazon Debuts Free Shipping on Small Goods Without Minimum Order  —  Not just for Prime members  — Inc. is introducing free shipping on thousands of popular, smaller items …
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 …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple Recalls Beats Pill XL Due To “Rare” Fire Safety Risk  —  Apple has issued a voluntary recall for the Beats Pill XL Bluetooth speaker, which is made by the company it acquired last year.  The speaker, originally created pre-acquisition, apparently poses a potential fire safety risk …
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 …
Kia Kokalitcheva / Fortune:
Opendoor launches service for home buyers, enables them to browse listings, organize a site visit, even make an offer  —  Is this the future of shopping for a house?  —  Imagine selling your house almost as soon as you decide to list it, and for a fair price.
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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.
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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Skype crashes after specific 8-char string is received in chat, updates released with fix  —  These 8 characters crash Skype, and once they're in your chat history, the app can't start (Update: fixed)  —  Skype users have discovered a rather nasty bug in the app.
Laurie Denness /'s blog:
Comparison of SSD firmware reliability of different brands after using thousands of drives for five years  —  SSDs: A gift and a curse  —  Artur Bergman, founder of a CDN exclusively powered by super fast SSDs, has made many compelling cases over the years to use them.
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 …
Michael J. Casey / Wall Street Journal:
NY Financial Regulator Lawsky Releases Final BitLicense Rules for Bitcoin Firms  —  Rules to only regulate intermediaries with custody of customer funds, not software developers  —  Outgoing New York Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin Lawsky released sweeping new rules …
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
Yahoo brings third-party verification tags from comScore, Moat, DoubleVerify, and others to its ads in order to independently verify viewability rates  —  Yahoo Says Welcome To Third-Party Fraud And Viewability Tags  —  Brands need to feel confident that their ads are being seen - and “because we said so” is not an acceptable answer.

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