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June 18, 2015, 4:45 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple Watch 2: Apple plans FaceTime camera, iPhone-free Wi-Fi, $1000+ models, similar battery  —  Two months after the initial launch of the Apple Watch, and only a day following the device's debut at Apple Stores, sources have revealed Apple's considerations for the 2016 release of a second-generation model.
Mat Honan / BuzzFeed:
Twitter's Project Lightning will make events easier to follow for logged-in and logged-out users  —  Twitter's Top Secret Project Lightning Revealed  —  The new tool will give the company a way to show the best of Twitter to both logged-in and logged-out users on a variety of platforms.
Thomas Gryta / Wall Street Journal:
An Early Net-Neutrality Win: Rules Prompt Sprint to Stop Throttling  —  FCC's new net-neutrality rules went into effect Friday  —  The Federal Communications Commission's new net-neutrality rules are already having an effect.  —  Sprint, the third-largest U.S. wireless carrier …
Julia Love / Reuters:
Slice Intelligence research says 2.79M Apple Watches sold to date; IHS estimates $49 band costs Apple $2  —  Exclusive: Apple mines big profits from Watch band  —  Nearly 20 percent of Apple Watch buyers are not only shelling out hundreds of dollars for the timepiece but are springing for a spare band too …
Gordon Mah Ung / PCWorld:
HP announces back-to-school Envy and Pavilion laptops with USB-C and detachable screens  —  The convertible Pavilion x2 highlights HP's assortment, which also offers choices between AMD and Intel CPUs.  —  Executive Editor, PCWorld  —  HP's new crop of back-to-school laptops debut when summer …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
SoftBank Lands $236M From Alibaba And Foxconn To Bring Its Pepper Robot To The World  —  Remember Pepper, the intelligent robot that SoftBank unveiled last year?  Pepper goes on sale in Japan this coming weekend, but in advance of that launch SoftBank has revealed that Alibaba and manufacturer Foxconn …
Edgar Alvarez / Engadget:
Xbox 360 game-streaming is coming to Windows 10  —  As if backwards compatibility on the Xbox One wasn't enough, Microsoft's also going to let you stream and play those older games on Windows 10 PCs.  In a private demo of the recently announced Xbox One updates, the company confirmed to Engadget …
Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch:
Ellen Pao Officially Found Liable For Roughly $276,000 In Court Fees From Kleiner Perkins  —  Ellen Pao not only lost on all counts of a high-profile sexual discrimination case earlier this year, but Judge Harold Kahn has officially ordered the interim Reddit CEO to pay more than a quarter …
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CNBC:
Fitbit opens at $30.40 in market debut, 52% above its IPO price  —  Fitbit opens 52% higher in market debut  —  Fitbit CEO: We're more than just wearables  —  Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park, shares how one customer got really into counting steps, and the company's mission.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg Business:
Twitter planning first ever major marketing campaign, which will aim to better explain the purpose and benefits of the service  —  Twitter Said to Plan Marketing Campaign, New Live Events Feature  —  Twitter Inc. is working on a marketing campaign to better explain how to use its services, people with knowledge of the effort said.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Google and Storyful are launching YouTube Newswire, a feed of verified user-generated videos  —  Storyful and Google News Lab today are launching YouTube Newswire, a dedicated YouTube channel meant to serve as a resource for journalists looking for user-generated videos from around the world …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google, Microsoft, Mozilla And Others Team Up To Launch WebAssembly, A New Binary Format For The Web  —  Google, Microsoft, Mozilla and the engineers on the WebKit project today announced that they have teamed up to launch WebAssembly, a new binary format for compiling applications for the web.
Katy Steinmetz / TIME:
Why the California Ruling on Uber Should Frighten the Sharing Economy  —  This week a ruling from the California Labor Commission was made public because popular ride-sourcing company Uber appealed it.  A San Francisco-based driver named Barbara Ann Berwick brought a case alleging that she is an employee …

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