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June 4, 2015, 7:40 AM

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Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Sources: new Apple TV hardware will not be announced at WWDC  —  Apple to Unveil Tool Kit for Watch App Developers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Apple began selling the Apple Watch in April, Phillip Ryu did not rush to create an app for the gadget.  Because the device has limited animation …
Chris Sacca / LOWERCASE capital:
Chris Sacca offers 8,500 words of criticism and advice for Twitter, says he's not an activist investor  —  What Twitter Can Be.  —  Disclaimers: 1) This is a very long read.  Thinking about a company and using its product obsessively for nine years straight will do that to you. 2) My funds and I own a lot of Twitter stock.
Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Dish in early stage merger talks with T-Mobile US; combined company likely to have Charlie Ergen as chairman, John Legere as CEO  —  Dish Network in Merger Talks With T-Mobile US  —  Dish, T-Mobile Have Agreed Charlie Ergen Would Be Chairman, John Legere CEO
Mark Harris / Guardian:
NASA and Verizon team up in $500K project to develop technology to monitor civilian and commercial drone use via cell tower, tests expected to begin in summer  —  Nasa and Verizon plan to monitor US drone network from phone towers  —  Exclusive: Federal agency is developing technology …
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Twitter revokes API access for Sunlight Foundation's Politwhoops site, which showed politicians' deleted tweets, cites violation of developer agreement  —  Twitter Just Killed Politwoops  —  A Twitter spokesperson just provided the following statement to Gawker regarding the apparent suspension …
Shawn Schroter / Wall Street Journal:
Japan's Rakuten to raise up to $1.5B in new share offering to fund future acquisitions  —  Rakuten Plans to Raise Cash for Future Acquisitions  —  Japanese e-commerce giant plans to raise up to $1.5 billion from a new share offering  —  TOKYO— Rakuten Inc. said Thursday that it plans …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Synaptics announces SmartBar, a technology that adds capacitive touch to the spacebar  —  Synaptics adds capacitive touch to your spacebar, because why not?  —  “SmartBar” tech and fingerprint readers for PC mice shown off at Computex.  —  Synaptics thinks your spacebar is “underutilized …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Spotify's sorting of tunes by moods and activities instead of rigid genres expands discovery but produces one-hit wonders  —  Spotify Sees a Future Where Music Genres Don't Really Matter  —  In the last few weeks, my two children, ages 4 and 2, have suddenly become obsessed with Simon and Garfunkel.
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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Sources: DST Global Led Mobile Shopping App Wish's $500M Round  —  DST Global, Yuri Milner's late stage VC fund, took the lead on the purported $500 million financing round invested in Wish, the mobile shopping app, according to people familiar with the matter.
Patrick McGreevy / Los Angeles Times:
California Senate OKs requiring warrants to search smartphones, tablets  —  The state Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would require law enforcement in California to obtain a search warrant or wiretap order before searching a person's smartphone, laptop or other electronic device …

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