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June 18, 2015, 4:00 AM

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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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's head of phones, Jo Harlow, has also left the company  —  Former Nokia executive Jo Harlow is leaving Microsoft.  Harlow moved to Microsoft alongside former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop when the company acquired Nokia's phone business.  Both are now leaving the software giant as part …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Nimrod Tamir / The Official Google Blog:
Google Trends now delivers real-time popular searches and trending stories; News Lab team will publish curated datasets to Github  —  A new window into our world with real-time trends  —  Every journey we take on the web is unique.  Yet looked at together, the questions and topics we search …
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
TechCrunch:
Sean Parker's Brigade App Enters Private Beta As A Dead-Simple Way Of Taking Political Positions  —  Sean Parker, who changed the music industry as a teenager and then went onto have an early and formative role in Facebook, has long had one frontier that he's wanted to change: American democracy.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Many unicorns may fail, but as a group they are likely undervalued  —  Unicorns  —  The entire point of the name “Unicorn”, first coined by Aileen Lee in November 2013, is to describe something very rare: “U.S.-based software companies started since 2003 and valued at over $1 billion …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Airbnb projects $900M+ revenue in 2015 as it readies to close $1B round valuing it at $24B  —  The Secret Math of Airbnb's $24 Billion Valuation  —  Home-rental site's revenue projected to triple this year to more than $900 million  —  As it raises $1 billion in new funding …
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 …
Julia Greenberg / Wired:
LinkedIn's new Pulse app uses human editors and algorithms to deliver personalized news; Pulse to list reason for showing specific content above stories  —  LinkedIn Brings Back Human Editors to Tailor News to You  —  At some point soon after you wake up, you probably check the news.
Carlos Tejada / Wall Street Journal:
Qihoo Gets $9 Billion Buyout Offer From CEO  —  Bid for Internet company is latest in push by executives to take their Chinese firms private  —  BEIJING—China's buyout wave has reached a new, $9 billion high.  —  Internet-services provider Qihoo 360 Technology Co. said Wednesday it received …
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Oculus Rift and Touch hands-on: light, easy to wear, unobtrusive cable, audio similar to prototype, finger tracking unrefined, but shared play natural, engaging  —  Hands-on: Reaching out and touching someone with Oculus' Touch controllers  —  Plus, we give our first impressions of the finalized consumer Rift headset.
More: The Verge and Gizmodo
Rob Lewis / Techvibes:
Intel acquires Canadian smart eyewear and heads-up display maker Recon Instruments for $175M  —  Confirmed: Vancouver's Recon Instruments Acquired by Intel for $175 Million  —  Where there's smoke, there's fire.  —  Three weeks ago Techvibes reported that Intel was acquiring Vancouver's Recon Instruments.
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 …

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