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The Daily Read – Friday the 13th edition – 6/13/14

Connected homes gone rogue, drama at Twitter, Google and space, and more…

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The Nightmare on Connected Home Street


“I wake up at four to some old-timey dubstep spewing from my pillows. The lights are flashing. My alarm clock is blasting Skrillex or Deadmau5 or something, I don’t know. I never listened to dubstep, and in fact the entire genre is on my banned list. You see, my house has a virus again.”

by @Mat

Dear Google: don’t screw up Android


“KitKat made the best of Android accessible to more people than ever, but what will the next version do?”

by @vladsavov

Twitter Mulling Shake Up of Top Execs – Including COO Ali Rowghani


“Twitter is undergoing a major reevaluation of its top management, including a possible shift in the duties of its COO Ali Rowghani. Sources familiar with the company say has already made some moves to shift responsibility from Rowghani, who at one point was considered one of Twitter’s most valuable assets.”

by @KaraSwisher

Facebook to Let Users Alter Their Ad Profiles


“f you have ever wondered why Facebook showed you that advertisement for a new iPhone game or a cheap flight to Bermuda, you will soon be able to find out.”

by @Vindu Goel

Starbucks Is Installing Wireless Charging In Stores Across The U.S.


“Starbucks has announced that it plans to install Powermat wireless charging in stores across the U.S. after a small-scale trial proved successful.”

by @jme_c

Google in Talks to Acquire Stake in Virgin Galactic


“Richard Branson may prove to be a key part of Google‘s satellite plans, according to a new report.”

by @sfiegerman

The best iPhone photos of the year


Other phone cameras may have bigger sensors or more megapixels, but the iPhone’s combination of reliable image processing, speedy performance, and vast selection of editing apps have made it the choice of countless photographers

by @345triangle

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