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June 13, 2015, 9:45 PM

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Facebook:
Facebook now takes into account how long you've viewed specific stories in News Feed in determining which posts to surface  —  News Feed FYI: Taking Into Account Time Spent on Stories  —  The goal of News Feed is to show you the content that matters to you.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Expands Prime With Goods Shipped Directly From Merchants  —  Amazon.com has quietly begun rolling out a program that could dramatically increase the number of items eligible for two-day shipping through its Prime membership.  —  The e-commerce giant is now listing items in Prime …
More: PC Magazine, Consumerist and SlashGearTweets: @delrey
Jack Clark / Bloomberg Business:
Oracle's sales of new licenses decline as more startups embrace open source database software  —  Oracle Sales Erode as Startups Embrace Souped-Up Free Software  —  Dan Wagner, the chief executive officer of U.K.-based mobile payments company Powa Technologies Ltd., poses a challenge for database giant Oracle Corp.
Tweets: @dtunkelang
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sources: Beats Electronics planned to introduce a WiFi speaker by the holidays in 2014, but effectively killed it post acquisition  —  Apple Music's Missing Link: How Beats Electronics Fumbled Its Sonos Killer (Exclusive)  —  Pop stars, live music, superlatives: The launch …
Shawn Knight / TechSpot:
Google is taking additional steps to reduce Chrome's battery draw  —  Google recently implemented a new feature in Chrome that detects and shuts down any unnecessary Flash content on a web page.  The intent was to free up some CPU cycles and ultimately, improve battery life on mobile devices and notebooks.
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Germany drops inquiry into claims NSA tapped Angela Merkel's phone  —  Prosecutors say they can find no actionable evidence to support claims German chancellor's mobile phone was tapped by US National Security Agency  —  German federal prosecutors have closed their investigation …
Bertel King, Jr / Android Police:
Google Play Offers Its First Free App Of The Week—A PBS App Tucked Away In The Family Section  —  Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter.  The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets …

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