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June 10, 2015, 4:50 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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Messenger platform gets its first game with Doodle Draw, a Draw Something clone  —  Facebook's Messenger Platform Gets Its First Game  —  Facebook Messenger's quest to own all the ways you connect with friends is now expanding to games.  Today I spotted “Doodle Draw Game” …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
More: USA Today
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Acquires Application Management Service BlueStripe  —  Microsoft today announced that it has acquired BlueStripe, an application management service that helps enterprises monitor and troubleshoot applications that have been deployed across different operating systems, data centers and cloud environments.

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