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June 11, 2015, 12:15 PM

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Paul Ford / Bloomberg Business:
Code: what is it, how it's evolved, and why it matters for all businesses  —  What Is Code?  —  You are an educated, successful person capable of abstract thought.  A VP doing an SVP's job.  Your office, appointed with decent furniture and a healthy amount of natural light filtered through vertical blinds …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
2015 could be the slowest year for VC-backed tech IPOs since financial crisis; only seven VC-backed tech companies have gone public this year  —  Something is rotting under Silicon Valley  —  I spent a good chunk of last week in Silicon Valley, speaking to venture capitalists who mostly wanted …
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EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission opens formal investigation into Amazon's e-book distribution arrangements  —  The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into certain business practices by Amazon in the distribution of electronic books ("e-books").
Aga Guzik / Skype Blogs:
Skype to retire modern Windows touch app on July 7, to retain single desktop app for keyboard, mouse, and touch  —  A More Efficient Skype Experience for Your PC  —  At Skype we want to help you do more together with the people you care about by delivering the best possible experiences to the devices you use.
Kellex / Droid Life:
Sources: New Nest Cam is a slimmed down version of Dropcam; new app has updated UI, slide-down menu, button-heavy interface  —  This is the Nest Cam and the New Nest App for Android  —  You know that story from earlier today that suggested Nest may unveil a new wireless camera at next week's event?
Nate Swanner / The Next Web:
Apple Music will stream at 256kbps, below the ‘industry standard’ 320kbps  —  Arriving June 30, Apple Music is going to try and curate tracks with a human touch.  It won't stream them at the highest possible bitrate, though.  —  Apple has confirmed Apple Music's streaming bitrate is 256kbps.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
In his speech on privacy practices, Tim Cook failed to fairly explore the benefits of free, ad-supported services  —  What Apple's Tim Cook Overlooked in His Defense of Privacy  —  Timothy D. Cook, Apple's chief executive, delivered a speech last week that raised some eyebrows in the technology industry.
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Nivedita Bhattacharjee / Reuters:
iPhone maker Foxconn in talks to build first Apple plant in India  —  Foxconn Technology is in talks to manufacture Apple's iPhone in India, government officials said, in a move that could lower prices in the world's No.3 smartphone market where the U.S. firm trails Samsung Electronics and local players.
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 …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Reddit bans ‘Fat People Hate’ and other subreddits under new harassment rules  —  In the wake of a new anti-harassment policy, Reddit is banning a handful of its worst communities.  “Our goal is to enable as many people as possible to have authentic conversations and share ideas and content …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Matt Murphy Moves to Menlo Ventures From Kleiner  —  Venture capitalist Matt Murphy, who left Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers earlier this year, has found a new investing home.  —  Murphy will join Menlo Ventures as managing director, the Menlo Park, Calif., firm said on Thursday.

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