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June 9, 2015, 7:15 PM

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Major Nelson / Xbox Wire:
Xbox One with 1TB storage costs $399, starts shipping to US retailers June 16; 500GB console price reduced to $349  —  New Xbox One 1TB Console Unveiled, Xbox One 500GB Console Reduced to $349  —  Next week, Xbox is kicking off the biggest games week of the year as we head to Los Angeles …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Instagram is launching a redesigned website with bigger photos  —  Instagram's website is about to look much nicer.  It's introducing a new web design on desktop and mobile this week that cleans up the page and makes photos much bigger than they are now.  Most noticeable is the change …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
DoJ issued a grand jury subpoena to identify commenters on a Silk Road post at Reason.com, alleging threats were made against federal judge  —  Feds Want to ID Web Trolls Who ‘Threatened’ Silk Road Judge  —  On Dark Web sites like the Silk Road black market and its discussion forums …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google Maps now lets you send places from desktop to your iPhone  —  Android users have been able to take advantage of the handy “send to device” feature in Google Maps since April, and now the same functionality has arrived on iOS.  The latest version of Google Maps, now in the App Store …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Apple Music  —  Spotify killer?  Or Ping 2.0?  Apple today finally announced its move into on-demand music streaming with the unveiling of Apple Music.  Now the question is whether Apple Music will be a hit with the public, bringing legions of new users to streaming and stealing from competitors.
Daniel Tyson / Ausdroid:
Google Play's Family Friendly section goes live in Google Play store and on the web  —  Updated: [Google Play on Android too] Google Play's Family Friendly section goes live on the web  —  Announced at Google I/O 2015 last month, Google's new Family Friendly section of Google Play is now live.
New York Times:
In China, Uber pays drivers bonuses of up to 3X the fare, to establish itself in the country  —  Uber Spends Heavily to Establish Itself in China  —  HONG KONG — Uber is spending money at a breakneck rate to crack the China market — even paying its drivers more than the fares they collect.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Brit+Co Confirms $20M Raise Led By Intel, Acquires How-To App Snapguide  —  Big news today for Brit + Co., the lifestyle media and e-commerce business aimed at people interested in crafty projects.  The startup has confirmed that it's raised $20 million in funding, and it has acquired user …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Safari for OS X 10.11 supports custom Force Touch interactions for the web  —  Web Developers Can Create Custom Force Touch Interactions In OS X 10.11  —  The version of Safari that ships with OS X 10.11 ‘El Capitan’ allows web developers to build custom experiences that work with Force Touch input …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
AOL acquires and shuts down predictive-analytics startup Velos  —  AOL has acquired a predictive analytics startup called Velos for an undisclosed sum and has shut down the startup's service, which enabled companies to connect data sets, clean up data, and run predictive models.

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