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June 16, 2015, 6:10 PM

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Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
St. Louis Cardinals investigated by FBI for breaching Astros' network; internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics, scouting reports compromised  —  St. Louis Cardinals Investigated by F.B.I. for Hacking Astros  —  WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon is developing an app that pays ordinary people, rather than carriers, to deliver packages; no firm timetable for when the service would launch  —  Amazon Seeks Help With Deliveries  —  Web retailer mulls paying people to drop off packages amid push to cut shipping costs
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:
‘600 Million’ Samsung Mobiles Vulnerable To Keyboard Cracking Attack  —  Given everything that's occurred over the last two years, Android phone owners would be forgiven for thinking major manufacturers had their backs when it came to security, especially encryption.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Uber failed to win delivery deals with Apple, Starbucks as its push into logistics proves costly and complex  —  The $50 Billion Question: Can Uber Deliver?  —  Investors are counting on Uber to upend the delivery business much as it has for taxis, but progress has been slow so far
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Hulu changes the name of its paid tier from Hulu Plus to just Hulu  —  Hulu Makes Name Change Official, Ditches the Plus  —  Hulu has officially changed the name of its paid tier: The online video service informed paying subscribers via email early Tuesday morning that Hulu Plus would now simply be known as Hulu.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
New Xbox One interface shown: Quicker, social, and Cortana-equipped  —  And far fewer tiles than before.  —  The Xbox One is getting a major update later this year that'll bring an all-new user interface to the console.  Microsoft gave a short preview of the new interface as part …
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter rolls out auto-play videos and GIFs after several months of testing, enlists Moat to independently measure the viewability of its video ads  —  Twitter Finally Rolls Out Auto-Play Video  —  Twitter is officially rolling out ads that will play automatically in a user's timeline …
David Still / Box:
Box debuts Box for Office Online, lets users create and manage Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files from its website  —  Introducing Box for Office Online, A New Way to Work in the Cloud  —  Microsoft Office files are among the most uploaded, edited and shared files in Box.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google expands security rewards to bugs in Android devices, starting with Nexus 6 and Nexus 9  —  Google today launched the Android Security Rewards program to compensate researchers who find and responsibly disclose vulnerabilities in the company's mobile operating system.
Darlene Storm / Computerworld:
UK tech firm designs system using emoji instead of PIN numbers for online banking, says they are harder to hack, easier to remember  —  Will banks allow four emojis to replace PIN numbers?  —  Smiling sun, flames, guitar, penguin... that is just one combination of emojis that a person might use …

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