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World Cup fever is rippling through the GeekWire offices, and the rest of the planet.

And while the Yanks couldn’t pull out the win in extra time Tuesday against Belgium, we’re proud of the performance. Soccer has consumed a lot of our brainpower in recent days.

But it certainly wasn’t the only thing happening during the month of June, one of our busiest months on record.

In addition to watching the wonders of Messi, James and Howard, the tech news kept flowing with significant acquisitions — Seattle-based Buuteeq selling to Priceline Group —  big financing rounds — for Glympse, Placed, Puppet Labs and Uber— and what appears to be a much-needed compromise in the ride-sharing debate in Seattle.

Oh yeah, Amazon got into the smartphone business this month too.

At GeekWire, we hosted a fun pub quiz night at the Spitfire bar, part of an awesome lineup of events we’ve got in store. Speaking of which, don’t forget to grab your spot for GeekWire Sounders Day — the best rooftop tailgate party in all of soccer — taking place on August 20th at EMC/Isilon before the Sounders-Earthquakes match. And we’ve got a few pre-sale tickets available for the GeekWire Summit on Oct. 2, our biggest content event of the year with some amazing speakers on the docket.

xboxonenokinect.jpgBut that’s enough of my yapping. Just in case you missed some of the action over the past 30 days, here’s a look back at the top 10 stories for the month of June. Enjoy!

How to watch the World Cup for free online, without a cable subscription (112 Tweets, 32 comments)

Xbox owners now have free access to HBO, Netflix and other apps as Microsoft pulls down paywall (86 Tweets, 12 comments)

Video: Apple’s massive retail store in Portland dwarfs the Microsoft shop next door (55 Tweets, 24 comments)


bezos-upgradetimeWhy developers are buzzing about Apple’s new Swift programming language (73 Tweets, 13 comments)

Seattle mayor reaches deal to legalize Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, without driver limits (454 Tweets, 42 comments)

What Jeff Bezos wrote on this Amazon customer’s iPhone (185 Tweets, 14 comments)

Seattle indie bookstore jabs at Amazon, enters Hachette fray with promise to hand-deliver J.K. Rowling’s new novel (1200 Tweets, 16 comments)

Microsoft ‘brainstorming’ ways to let you play Xbox 360 games on Xbox One (22 Tweets, 9 comments)

Swype meets iPhone, finally: Apple’s iOS 8 to bring third-party keyboard support (63 Tweets, 6 comments)

Confirmed: Microsoft Bing will be default for Apple’s new Mac OS X Spotlight (390 Tweets, 17 comments)

Thanks to everyone for reading GeekWire, and supporting an independent tech news site. Here’s to a great July!

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