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June 10, 2015, 9:40 PM

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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.
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.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Google creates and funds Sidewalk Labs, a startup developing and incubating tech to improve urban life, headed by former deputy mayor of NYC Daniel L. Doctoroff  —  Sidewalk Labs, a Start-Up Created by Google, Has Bold Aims to Improve City Living  —  Google's ambitions and investments …
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.
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 …
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Payroll giant ADP sues Zenefits for defamation after it cut off clients' access to the startup's service over security concerns  —  ADP Sues Zenefits for Defamation  —  A conflict between one of the biggest providers of corporate payroll services and one of the world's most highly valued startups spilled into court on Tuesday.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google on iOS and Android can now use geolocation to answer “When does this restaurant open?” or “How long is this river?”  —  [WATCH] Google's Amazing Location-Aware Search Finds Answers About Nearby Places  —  How tall is that tower in front of you?

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