1. Google+ wants to paint your face with your favorite World Cup team in the knockout round: Beginning today you can upload a photo of yourself and up to four friends to Google+ and the service will paint your faces with any team in the knockout round. Just upload your photo and tag it with your team of choice (here’s a list of countries available and their hashtags). Read more here.
2. Facebook extends its custom gender options to UK users: Facebook users in the UK can now choose from more than 70 different gender types following an expansion of the extended options outside of the US. Read more here.
3. Etsy just poached one of Pandora’s most important employees to lead its move into mobile: Today, however, the quiet giant is putting the Silicon Valley tech set on notice. It’s announcing the hire of Mike Grishaver as its head of product, a high-profile poach from Pandora, where Grishaver was a top executive. Read more here.
4. Independent music labels want EU to intervene in YouTube row: Music trade association Impala has asked European Union antitrust regulators to intervene in a row with Google Inc’s YouTube over its paid streaming music service, saying some conditions demanded by the company were anti-competitive. Read more here.
5. Google Hangouts Will No Longer Require A Plugin For Chrome Users: Has your distaste for one-off browser plugins kept you from using Google+’s group video chat service, Hangouts? That’s okay. I feel you. Plugins are the worst. What is this, 1999? Want me to install Shockwave, too? Hell, give me a couple sketchy browser toolbars while we’re at it. Read more here.
6. 136 Goals, 300 Million Tweets: World Cup by the Numbers: The group stage is over, the World Cup is taking a breather — so it’s an excellent time to look back at a tournament that has already produced some eye-popping, record-breaking statistics. Read more here.