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Sam Altman / Y Combinator Posthaven: Y Combinator has funded over 940 companies so far, eight of which have a valuation over $1B  —  YC stats  —  We get asked (a lot) for statistics on the YC portfolio about valuation and fundraising.  Although these are very imperfect indicators of success, here they are.

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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple: TSMC wins Spy Case against a Former Employee who gave Secrets to Samsung that helped Win Apple's Chip Business  —  In February we posted a detailed report titled “TSMC Sues Former Employee for Giving Samsung Trade Secrets.”  The report was about TSMC suing a former employee by the name …

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South China Morning Post: China targets Astrill and other anti-censorship VPNs ahead of celebration marking the 70th anniversary of end of WWII  —  VPN down: China goes after Astrill, other anti-censorship apps in run up to WW2 anniversary parade  —  Jump to Navigation  —  Main menu

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Leaked images reveal Microsoft's 5.2-inch Lumia 950 and 5.7-inch 950XL, to launch in October  —  Leaked images reveal Microsoft's new flagship Lumia phones  —  Microsoft is preparing to launch two new Lumia flagship devices at an event in October.  While we've seen some images emerge along …

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Yahoo Announces New Tumblr Sharing Tools And Native Video Ads For Developers  —  Simon Khalaf, Yahoo's senior vice president of publisher products, today outlined some big shifts in the mobile ecosystem and unveiled some new tools for mobile developers.  He made the announcements on-stage …

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Todd Spangler / Variety: Amazon to Launch Prime Instant Video in Japan, Taking on Netflix  —  Amazon.com will launch Prime Instant Video in Japan next month — adding the streaming service for no extra cost to members of the free-shipping program — in a challenge to Netflix, set to launch Sept. 2 in the country.

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Roberto Baldwin / Engadget: Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley unveils two sub-$200 Android Obi smartphones for Asia, Africa, and Middle East markets, will be available October  —  Former Apple CEO John Sculley launches a line of stylish smartphones  —  Like most consumer items, the lower the price point of a phone, the less exciting the design.

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Annalee Newitz / Gizmodo: Ashley Madison had approximately 31M male members, 5.5M female members, but likely only 12K women actively used the site  —  Almost None of the Women in the Ashley Madison Database Ever Used the Site  —  When hacker group Impact Team released the Ashley Madison data, they asserted that “thousands” of the women's profiles were fake.

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Leena Rao / Fortune: Qasar Younis, former Y Combinator graduate and creator of Talkbin which was acquired by Google in 2011, named Y Combinator COO  —  Meet Y Combinator's New COO  —  To appreciate the rapid growth at Silicon Valley incubator Y Combinator, consider this: In 2009, it shepherded 42 startups through its boot camp.

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Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal: Mobile video combined with autoplay and social media's reach bring unexpected horror to users' feeds  —  Twitter, Facebook Users Unwittingly Shown Video of Virginia Shooting  —  Soon after Vester Lee Flanagan allegedly gunned down two TV reporters while they were on air Wednesday morning …

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Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal: Sources: Amazon lays off dozens of Fire engineers, scales back and reorganizes its hardware-development center Lab126  —  Amazon Curtails Development of Consumer Devices  —  Amazon is scaling back its efforts to develop consumer devices, laying off dozens of engineers at its secretive …

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Intercom, maker of business-to-consumer software, raises a $35M Series C led by Iconiq Capital  —  Intercom Raises $35M To Make Businesses Smarter About Their Customer Communication  —  Intercom, a startup promising businesses a “fundamentally new” approach to communicating with their customers …

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Jessica Toonkel / Reuters: Asset management company BlackRock acquires automated wealth management startup FutureAdvisor  —  BlackRock to acquire robo-adviser  —  BlackRock Inc, the world's largest asset manager is acquiring a San Francisco-based robo-adviser, FutureAdvisor, the firm announced Wednesday morning.

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Barb Darrow / Fortune: Hybrid cloud startup Velostrata comes out of stealth, announces $14M Series A from Norwest and Greylock  —  Startup Velostrata talks up a new take on hybrid cloud  —  Velostrata, a till-now stealthy startup, is starting to talk about its plan to make hybrid clouds—which mix private …

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: Agora, the Dark Web's biggest marketplace for drugs, pauses operations over Tor vulnerability that could expose IP addresses of servers  —  Agora, the Dark Web's Biggest Drug Market, Is Going Offline  —  The Dark Web's biggest marketplace for drugs seems to have learned a lesson from the downfall …

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Mark Bergen / Re/code: Google confirms it triggers recruiting tool when people search for specific programming terms  —  ‘Puzzles Are Fun.  Search On’: Google Cops to Secret Recruiting Tool Baked Inside Search  —  How does the world's best search engine recruit programming whizzes?  Through search, naturally.

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Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal: Former Machine Zone manager arrested on charges of stealing trade secrets on Game of War: Fire Age  —  Manager at Video Game Maker Accused of Trade Secret Theft  —  A manager at a maker of the Game of War video game was arrested last week, as he tried to board a plane for Beijing …

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Cade Metz / Wired: How Facebook's M virtual assistant's artificial intelligence works  —  Facebook's Human-Powered Assistant May Just Supercharge AI  —  Face it: Siri sucks.  So often, she has no clue what you're saying.  And when she does, there's a pretty good chance she'll respond with nothing more than a page filled with Internet links.

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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed: Autoplay Puts Twitter, Facebook In Uncomfortable Place After Video Of Virginia Shooting Spreads  —  Unwitting distribution channels for violent footage.  —  YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, and their peers have built communications tools that have empowered everyday people …

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Stephen Shankland / CNET: Adobe's new mobile Photoshop app, dubbed Project Rigel, will launch in October free on iOS, integrate with Creative Cloud subscription  —  Adobe aims to bring Photoshop to mobile masses with upcoming app  —  Dubbed Project Rigel, the mobile app will let people retouch photos on iPhones and iPads.

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Kait Gaiss / Pocket Blog: Pocket updates web, Android, and iOS apps to 6.0 with recommendations tab  —  Introducing Recommendations: The Most Interesting Articles and Videos You Might Have Missed  —  Today, we're incredibly excited to announce a major new update to Pocket: Recommendations.

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Manish Singh / NDTV Gadgets: Lenovo Begins Merging Mobile Business Group Into Motorola Mobility  —  Lenovo has started the process of integrating its Mobile Business Group (MBG) into Motorola Mobility, in line with earlier statements on the subject.  —  “Effective immediately, Rick Osterloh, formerly president, Motorola …

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Ina Fried / Re/code: AT&T Says Injecting Ads Into Airport Wi-Fi Was a Test That Is Now Over  —  AT&T said on Wednesday it has ended an experiment that had the company serving ads to those using its free Wi-Fi at two Washington, D.C.-area airports.  —  “We trialed an advertising program for a limited time in two airports …

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Jessi Hempel / Wired: Facebook testing M, an AI-based, human supervised virtual assistant inside Messenger that can complete tasks such as purchasing on your behalf  —  Facebook Launches M, Its Bold Answer to Siri and Cortana  —  Today, a few hundred Bay Area Facebook users will open their Messenger apps to discover M, a new virtual assistant.

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: YouTube Gaming launches on the web, Android, and iOS  —  Meet YouTube Gaming, Twitch's Archenemy  —  YouTube just launched YouTube Gaming on the web, Android and iOS.  As expected, YouTube Gaming goes head-to-head against Twitch, mirroring many popular features of the existing gaming streaming giant.

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