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June 25, 2015, 5:30 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
New El Capitan beta reveals 4K 21.5-inch iMac, Multi-Touch Bluetooth Remote (for Apple TV?)  —  Although it's light on new consumer-facing features, the latest release of the OS X El Capitan beta for developers hides references to a pair of future Apple hardware products …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Satya Nadella lays out new Microsoft mission statement: “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more”  —  Exclusive: Satya Nadella reveals Microsoft's new mission statement, sees ‘tough choices’ ahead … Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent …
Wall Street Journal:
Postmates confirms $80M round led by Tiger Global, valuing the company at over $400M  —  Postmates Raises $80 Million in Push Toward $1 Deliveries  —  On-demand courier service Postmates has an ambitious goal: $1 deliveries in under an hour.  —  To help it get there …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Users who download Java will now be prompted to make Yahoo their default search engine  —  Yahoo Tries to Hook Search Users Via Java Updates  —  Yahoo may soon add users to its search engine without their even noticing.  —  At the company's annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Taylor Swift says her album ‘1989’ will be on Apple Music  —  Taylor Swift has answered one of the last remaining questions about Apple Music before it launches: her popular album 1989 will be available on Apple Music when it launches on Tuesday.  The development follows Swift's high profile letter …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Paying 0.2 Cents for Each Song Streamed Free During Apple Music Trial Period  —  Apple will pay record labels 0.2 cents for each song that customers stream for free during the three-month Apple Music free trial, reports The New York Times.  The rate is similar to what Spotify pays …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
T-Mobile iPhone Users Seeing Frequent Random Restarts and Blue Screens  —  A growing number of T-Mobile iPhone users are complaining about seeing frequent restarts and “blue screens of death” on their devices, a problem that seems to have begun very recently.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Unbundles Alexa Virtual Assistant From Echo With New Dev Tools  —  Amazon has provided a strong answer to a desire I expressed only yesterday for broader software and hardware support for Alexa, its virtual assistant, and Echo, the speaker hardware that is the first platform wherein Alexa can be found.
Reuters:
French minister urges UberPOP ban as taxi protest blocks airports  —  French police in riot gear used tear gas as French taxi drivers stepped up protests against U.S. online ridesharing service UberPOP on Thursday, blocking road access to airports and train stations in Paris and other cities.
NASA:
Microsoft and NASA partner on Sidekick project, sending HoloLens to ISS to aid astronauts with procedures and training; two devices to be sent on June 28  —  NASA, Microsoft Collaborate to Bring Science Fiction to Science Fact  —  NASA and Microsoft are teaming up to develop Sidekick …
Stacey Higginbotham / Fortune:
USAA investment arm leads $24 million funding for connected car startup Automatic  —  Automatic, a startup that makes a device that shares engine and diagnostic data from your car, has raised $24 million.  An investment subsidiary of USAA, CDK Global, and Comcast Ventures joined existing …
Jonathan Chew / Fortune:
IAC says it's planning an IPO for The Match Group, whose portfolio includes Tinder, OKCupid, and Match.com  —  IAC says it's planning an IPO for Match.com  —  IAC/InterActiveCorp is planning an initial public offering for The Match Group, the dating conglomerate behind popular sites such as Match.com, OkCupid, and Tinder.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Same-Day Shopping App Curbside Picks Up $25 Million More  —  Palo Alto-based Curbside, a company offering a mobile app that allows shoppers to buy from local retailers like Target and Best Buy then pick up items at stores without exiting their car, is today announcing the close of $25 million in Series B funding.
Alex Heath / Business Insider:
Apple is removing Civil War games in the App Store that feature the Confederate flag  —  Apple is pulling games from the App Store that use the Confederate flag in “offensive and mean-spirited ways,” reports Touch Arcade.  —  Games like “Ultimate General: Gettysburg” were recently pulled …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Launches “Tumblr TV,” A GIF Search Engine With A Full-Screen Viewing Mode  —  Following the rollout of Tumblr's GIF search engine earlier this month, the blogging platform is today launching another new feature aimed at helping users discover and share GIFs: Tumblr TV.

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