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June 17, 2015, 3:05 PM

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Satya Nadella / Microsoft:
Satya Nadella email to employees on aligning engineering to strategy  —  As we approach a new fiscal year, I'd like to share with you how we are aligning our structure to our strategy and the changes to our Senior Leadership Team.  —  Over the past year, I have said that Microsoft aspires …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Microsoft announces executive shakeup and internal reorganization as Stephen Elop departs  —  Microsoft Shakes Up Its Leadership And Internal Structure As Its Fiscal Year Comes To A Close  —  This morning Microsoft announced changes to its organizational structure and leadership team.
New York Times:
California Labor Commission rules Uber driver should be classified as an employee, not an independent contractor  —  California Says Uber Driver Is Employee, Not a Contractor  —  In what could prove to be a precedent-setting ruling for the sharing economy, California's Labor Commission …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Nest's security camera Cam allows streaming 1080p video at 30 FPS to iOS 8, Android 4 devices, costs $200, allows saving footage with subscription service Aware  —  Nest's first security camera is called the Cam  —  It's been almost a year to the day since Nest purchased Dropcam for $555 million …
Darren Pauli / The Register:
Researchers: Major security flaws in iOS and OS X allow keychain, browser, and app password theft, reported to Apple in October 2014, no fix yet  —  Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X  —  Keychains raided, sandboxes busted, passwords p0wned, but Apple silent for six months
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
British Independent music labels balk at Apple's plans for free trial period, during which they would receive no royalties  —  Record labels attack Apple deals that would leave them ‘completely screwed’  —  Independents claim they could be forced out of business by free trial …
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
FCC Fining AT&T $100 Million for Misleading Unlimited Data Plans  —  Federal Communications Commission officials announced plans Wednesday to fine AT&T $100 million for misleading subscribers about unlimited data plans.  —  It's the largest such fine the agency has ever proposed under rules …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Amazon updates Kindle Paperwhite with doubled resolution of 300ppi at the same price of $119  —  Amazon announces new Kindle Paperwhite with a high-resolution screen  —  Amazon is updating the Kindle Paperwhite today with a new display, now at 300 pixels per inch.
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Square's restaurant delivery app Caviar rolls out Fastbite service in New York  —  Today Square's restaurant delivery service Caviar is bringing fast and cheap meals to its menu options in New York with Fastbite.  —  This is Fastbite's first expansion since being acquired by Square in April.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Mapbox Raises $52.6M Led By DFJ To Be The “Map Layer” For All Apps  —  With questions swirling over who may end up buying Nokia's mapping division Here, a startup trying to disrupt it and other big boys like Google has raised some major funding.  Mapbox, a developer of customizable maps used …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Rejecting M&A, FreedomPop Raises Another $30M For Its Free Mobile Service  —  FreedomPop is taking another step ahead today in its bid to build out a global mobile business based on free voice, text and data bundles and upselling additional services.  Amid months of M&A rumors …
Vijith Assar / Wired:
Twitter's new shared blocking feature is poorly implemented, requires CSV export and import; block lists can only be shared through a third-party service  —  The Glaring Hole In Twitter's New Shared Blocking Feature  —  Last week Twitter announced a new tool to stem online harassment …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
San Diego firm plans to file first net neutrality complaint against TWC for charging unreasonable rates to deliver streaming video  —  Time Warner Cable will be the first to get hit with a net neutrality complaint  —  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.  (Lauren Victoria Burke/AP)
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter Acquires Machine Learning Startup Whetlab  —  Twitter announced today that it has acquired Cambridge-based machine learning startup Whetlab in an effort to accelerate the company's own in-house efforts on the matter.  Deal terms were not immediately available, but Twitter will gain …
Re/code:
Uber hires Brian McClendon, Google ten-year veteran and former head of Maps, to oversee its Pittsburgh Advanced Technologies Center  —  Uber Hires Google's Former Head of Maps to Oversee Location Technology, Pittsburgh Center  —  Uber is getting serious about maps, and it has poached the former head of Google Maps to lead the charge.

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