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June 10, 2015, 3:40 PM

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Spotify Blog:
Spotify hits 20M paid subscribers, 75M total active users, has paid $3B in artist royalties  —  20 Million Reasons to Say Thanks  —  What a difference a year makes!  At the end of May 2014, we reached 10 million paying subscribers and 40 million active users.
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify raises $526M from wide range of global investors, source says at a $8.53B valuation  —  Spotify Raises $526 Million Amid Battle With Apple  —  Spotify has closed a massive new round of funding from a wide range of global investors who are betting it can fend off a new threat from Apple.
Xiaoyun Zhang / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter simplifies blocking multiple accounts by letting users share and import block lists  —  Sharing block lists to help make Twitter safer  —  Today we're making it possible to share block lists on twitter.com.  This new, advanced feature makes blocking multiple accounts easy, fast and community driven.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
State sponsored sophisticated attack Duqu 2.0 penetrated Kaspersky network, tapped Iran nuke talks  —  Stepson of Stuxnet stalked Kaspersky for months, tapped Iran nuke talks  —  Hacker group used a “zero-day trampoline” to scale Kaspersky defenses.  —  Not long after blowing the lid off …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Microsoft's giant Surface Hub display ships in September; 4K 84-inch priced at $20K, 1080p 55-inch at $7K  —  Microsoft's Surface Hub pen display costs from $6,999 to $19,999  —  You'd be forgiven if you forgot what the Surface Hub is.  After all, Microsoft announced it the same …
Sam Biddle / Gawker:
FBI: Almost 600 iCloud accounts were breached by Celebgate hackers last year; agency raided two addresses in Chicago in connection to the hack  —  Feds Seized Chicago Man's Computers in Celeb Nude Leak Investigation  —  Last summer, stolen photos of dozens of famous women flooded the internet …
New York Times:
Attorneys general in NY and Conn. investigating whether Apple, music labels violated antitrust laws in talking about competing freemium services like Spotify  —  2 States Look for Collusion Between Apple Music and Major Labels  —  While Apple was preparing a splashy introduction for a new service …
Darren Pauli / The Register:
iOS Mail app bug reported in January lets hackers send phishing emails to steal your iCloud password, no fix yet  —  Password-flogging phishing tool pwns EVERY iOS Mail app  —  Cupertino quiet on pop-up of doom  —  Ernst and Young forensic bod Jan Soucek has created a tool capable …
Ian Sherr / CNET:
Video game console maker Ouya in talks to be acquired by Razer  —  Video game console maker Ouya is in negotiations to sell itself, possibly to Razer  —  The company, whose app store was pitched as the go-to place for small and independent developers, is negotiating for all employees to remain with the company after the sale.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter Advertisers Can Now Target You Based on the Other Apps on Your Phone  —  For the past six months, Twitter has been collecting data on which smartphone apps its users download.  Now, the company is using that data to make some money.  —  Twitter announced on Wednesday that its advertisers …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
iOS 9 lets app developers make ad blockers for Safari  —  Ad blocking extensions have been possible on Safari for Mac for a long time, but plugin architecture for Safari on iOS is much more limited.  With iOS 9, Apple has added a special case of extension for ad blockers.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Apple vehicles on UK and Irish streets to ‘improve Apple Maps’ service  —  Technology giant promises to blur faces and car licence plates if they are captured, as it continues work on Street View-style service  —  Apple is taking a leaf out of Google's book by putting a fleet of vehicles …
Wall Street Journal:
Eric Schmidt says Europe must have a single digital market or fall behind in global competitiveness  —  Google Is Ready to Support European Digital Innovation, Says Eric Schmidt  —  Continent must have a single digital market or fall behind, says tech-giant chairman
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Challenges Pinterest With News Feed Buy Button For Shopify Merchants  —  Facebook wants its ads to sell you stuff directly so you never have to click away to another app or site.  Until now, Facebook was testing a Buy Button that does that with just a few selected test merchants …

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