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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: iOS 9 supports ‘iPhone 6S’ Force Touch, may enhance iMessage, Keyboard & Apple Pay  —  Some of iOS 9's more important planned enhancements include split-screen apps on iPads, a new Home app for controlling HomeKit accessories, a new system-wide UI font, a mass transit directions service for the Maps app …

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Barb Darrow / Fortune: EMC expands cloud push with $1.2 billion buy of Virtustream  —  Joe Tucci is at it again.  The longtime EMC chief executive and chairman has made another purchase, buying Virtustream, an enterprise-oriented cloud computing company, for $1.2 billion in cash.

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Colum Murphy / Wall Street Journal: Audi will use Baidu's CarLife smartphone integration technology, develop country specific LTE module with Huawei for its cars in China  —  Audi Turns to Connected Cars in China  —  German luxury-auto maker seeks to lure, keep customers as high-end demand eases

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Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Computing Power Up a Trillion Fold in 60 Years.  Search Remains Unchanged.  —  I get the Moore's Law thing.  The question is, “Why isn't search and content processing improving?”  —  Navigate to “Processing Power Has Increased by One Trillion-Fold over the Past Six Decades” and check out the infographic.

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Ben Woods / The Next Web: Ford launches pay-per-minute GoDrive carsharing service in London  —  Ford announced today that its GoDrive car-sharing service is now opening up to the public to make 50 vehicles available at 20 locations across London.  —  Initially launched in closed beta with around 100 people …

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Help Net Security: Security researchers say mobile and wearable devices can be tracked by monitoring Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) signal transmissions  —  Sniffing and tracking wearable tech and smartphones  —  Researchers at Context Information Security have demonstrated how easy it is to monitor …

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Megan Geuss / Ars Technica: Fove's VR headset, expected to arrive Spring 2016, aims to use eye-tracking to focus rendering on your center of vision, reducing processing demands  —  VR headset company Fove is betting on eye tracking to compete  —  “Foveated rendering” focuses processing power on the center of your vision.

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Matt Stempeck / The Daily Dot: An anecdotal account of the technology landscape in Cuba before thawing relations with the US  —  Tech in Cuba, before the thaw  —  With Raul Castro reforming the island's government and Barack Obama beginning to normalize relations with the United States, Cuba is at the threshold of a new era.

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Bloomberg Business: Evan Spiegel Reveals Plan to Turn Snapchat Into a Real Business … Evan Spiegel begins a conversation in the offices of his startup, Snapchat, by propping a sneakered foot onto an Eames chair, leaning back, and acknowledging how infrequently he speaks to the press.

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Twitter brings live-streaming app Periscope to Android  —  Periscope, the promising live-streaming app owned by Twitter, arrives on Android today.  Like its cousin on iOS, which debuted two months ago to the day, Periscope for Android lets you watch and record broadcasts from your mobile device.

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Joe Belfiore / Blogging Windows: Microsoft announces Windows 10 Phone Companion app, brings Cortana to iPhone and Android  —  Your Windows 10 PC will love all the devices you own  —  Whether it's a 3-year-old printer or projecting to your brand new TV with Miracast, we're building Windows 10 to be terrific at connecting all your devices.

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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter: Charter to acquire Time Warner Cable for $55B in cash and stock, including debt, values TWC at $78.7B; buys Bright House for $10.4B  —  It's Official: Charter to Acquire Time Warner Cable in Deal Valued at $78.7 Billion  —  Charter Communications, in which John Malone's Liberty Media owns a big stake …

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Daniel Cooper / Engadget: French supermarket installs Philips LEDs that communicate with in-store navigation app via front-facing camera  —  Philips turns LEDs into an indoor GPS for supermarkets  —  Philips believes that the days of endlessly roaming around a store looking for the right kind of balsamic vinegar may soon be at an end.

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Ryan Whitwam / Android Police: Source: 5.2" LG Angler and 5.7" Huawei Bullhead Nexus phones coming this year, no new tablet  —  [Rumor] No Nexus Tablet In 2015, But Two Phones—A 5.2-Inch LG (Code Name Angler) And A 5.7-Inch Huawei (Code Name Bullhead)  —  The Nexus 6 was a break from the past for the Nexus program …

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George Anders / MIT Technology Review: How Firefox OS for mobile devices got started, developed carrier and vendor partnerships, and then was blindsided by cheap Android phones  —  Firefox Maker Battles to Save the Internet—and Itself  —  Mozilla helped an open Web flourish in the 2000s.  Now it's struggling to play a meaningful role on mobile devices.

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Kara Swisher / Re/code: Sources: Twitter has held talks to acquire Flipboard in an all-stock deal valued at over $1B, but talks are now stalled  —  Twitter Has Held Talks to Acquire Flipboard  —  Twitter has been engaged in an ongoing series of talks to acquire Flipboard, according to multiple sources with knowledge …

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Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac: Jony Ive to remain responsible for design overall, but Alan Dye moves to VP of UI design and Richard Howarth to VP of industrial design, beginning July 1  —  Jony Ive promoted to ‘Chief Design Officer’, handing off managerial duties July 1st [Tim Cook Memo]  —  Alan Dye, Jony Ive, and Richard Howarth

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Stephen Fry / Telegraph: Stephen Fry talks to Jony Ive about his new role as Apple's chief design officer as he relinquishes management duties to Richard Howarth and Alan Dye  —  When Stephen Fry met Jony Ive: the self-confessed tech geek talks to Apple's newly promoted chief design officer

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Stacey Higginbotham / Fortune: Alarm.com, a security and home automation cloud service provider with 2.3M customers, files for $75M IPO  —  Alarm.com files to raise $75 million through initial public offering  —  Security and home automation company Alarm.com, riding the interest in the smart home …

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Juliette Garside / Guardian: Philip Zimmermann moves his mobile encryption startup Silent Circle from US to Switzerland to avoid surveillance  —  Philip Zimmermann: king of encryption reveals his fears for privacy  —  The creator of PGP has moved his mobile-encryption firm Silent Circle to Switzerland to be free of US mass surveillance.

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Harro ten Wolde / Reuters: Daimler to offer Baidu content and services in Mercedes-Benz car infotainment systems in China  —  Daimler teams up with China's Baidu in connected cars drive  —  German carmaker Daimler is to make software from web services company Baidu available in its Chinese Mercedes-Benz cars as part …

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Chance Miller / 9to5Google: Google Hangouts Chrome app updated w/ redesigned interface, OS X support  —  Google today updated its Hangouts Chrome app with an entirely new interface.  Perhaps more notably than that, the app has support for Mac OS X users in addition to the trio of Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS.

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Bloomberg Business: Sources: Charter may announce it is buying Time Warner Cable for $195 a share tomorrow, Bright House Networks will also be merged into the combined company  —  Charter Near Deal for Time Warner Cable at $195 a Share  —  Charter Communications Inc. is near an agreement to buy Time Warner Cable Inc …

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James Risley / GeekWire: Expedia sells stake in Chinese travel firm eLong to China-based Ctrip for $671 million … Expedia sold its 62.4 percent stake in eLong, a Chinese travel service, to a number of firms for $671 million, the company announced today.  Buyers include Ctrip.com, Keystone Lodging Holdings, Plateno Group and Luxuriant Holdings.

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Russell Brandom / The Verge: Former employee of cybersecurity consultancy Tiversa says they extorted clients and fabricated evidence  —  Did this cybersecurity firm use a data breach for extortion?  —  In 2007, LabMD was a small but successful medical testing company based in Atlanta, processing lab samples for cancer patients …

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