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June 15, 2016, 10:40 AM

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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple to disable plug-ins like Flash, Java, Silverlight, and Quicktime by default in Safari 10, to focus on HTML5 content  —  In Safari 10, set to ship with macOS Sierra, Apple plans to disable common plug-ins like Adobe Flash, Java, Silverlight, and QuickTime by default in an effort to focus …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Twitter Ventures invests in SoundCloud; sources say investment is $70M in a round valuing SoundCloud at about $700M  —  Twitter wanted to buy the company a couple years ago; now it has invested $70 million instead.  —  Two years ago Twitter thought about buying SoundCloud, but ended up walking away from the music service.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Rhapsody rebrands itself as Napster, the service it acquired in 2011  —  Rhapsody is part of the old guard of music streaming services, launched way back in 2001 as Listen.com.  It never got the traction of it's rival Spotify, and is now competing against titans like Apple and Google as well.
Bloomberg:
Dropbox says it is now cash-flow positive but not profitable, not in rush to IPO  —  Drew Houston said at the Bloomberg Technology Conference that the company is cash-flow positive.  —  Since attaining a $10 billion valuation from investors in 2014, Dropbox Inc. has become a symbol of unicorn startup exuberance.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Sources: Russian government hackers had access to computer network of the Democratic National Committee for about a year, stole opposition research on Trump  —  Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Apple's app-based, device-centric approach for Siri appears less expansive than Google's and Amazon's efforts  —  More than any other company in tech, Apple prizes physical objects — expensive, perfectly designed, self-contained nuggets of aluminum and glass that you buy today, use for a couple years and replace.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook adds SMS support back to Facebook Messenger for Android after pulling it in 2012; SMS support is not currently planned for Messenger on iOS  —  Surround and conquer is Facebook's new strategy for getting people to switch from SMS to Messenger.  You can now read and send old-school text messages …
CNET:
OnePlus 3 review: excellent performance, 6GB of RAM, sharp 16MP camera, clean interface design, and fast battery charging; at $400, this is a great phone  —  With a new aluminum unibody design, the OnePlus 3 looks better than all of OnePlus' past devices (which either had a plastic or glass backing).
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Chef launches Habitat, an open source project to make applications infrastructure-independent  —  Chef today launched Habitat, a new open source project that allows developers to package their applications and run them on a wide variety of infrastructures.  —  Habitat essentially wraps applications …

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