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2. The first photos of the iPhone 6s just leaked. It looks a lot like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus on the outside, but will see some internal changes.
3. In an interview published on his last day at Twitter, departing CEO Dick Costolo warned that government regulation is a “threat” to free speech. He said that social media services like Twitter should not be regulated the same way as other communication services such as television broadcasters.
4. 3D printing marketplace Shapeways has raised $US30 million in funding. Investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Lux Capital, INKEF Capital and Hewlett-Packard.
5. The European Union is planning to end roaming charges by 2017. From then, any voice call, SMS and data session you make while travelling in the EU will be deducted from the volume of calls and minutes on your contract as if you were at home, with no extra charges.
6. Bill Gates will invest $US2 billion in renewable technology over the next five years. He is already investing in early-stage companies that are working on battery storage, next-generation nuclear, solar-chemical power, high-wind power, and free air carbon capture.
7. Emoji-only social network Emojili is shutting down. The company says it wasn’t mean to be a startup, just a joke, and continuing to run the app would mean “spending a decent amount of money,” which is “just not worth it for the joke,” the creators said.
8. Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson thinks Google could be planning to use self-driving cars to give out free rides in an effort to undercut Uber with a new service called “Free Ride.” Jurvetson isn’t an investor in either company.
9. RBC Capital Markets says more people want a Fitbit than an Apple Watch. The firm’s main argument is that smartwatches, like Apple Watch, are an aspirational product that only a few people can afford or want to try out.
10. Medium is doing away with passwords. You can now get onto the content publishing platform using just an email address.
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