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Stephanie Condon / ZDNet: LinkedIn, HPE, and others launch Open19 Foundation, a nonprofit to support open and customizable datacenter designs  —  The Open19 Foundation, whose founding members also include GE Digital, Vapor IO and Flex, will support open hardware and open software projects.

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Ian King / Bloomberg: Sources: SoftBank has taken a $4B stake in Nvidia, representing an equity holding of 4.9%, which is just under the amount requiring a regulatory disclosure  —  Stake represents 4.9 percent of total outstanding shares  —  Holding seen moving into SoftBank's $93 Billion Vision Fund

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Jonathan Keane / Tech.eu: Warsaw-based medical booking platform DocPlanner raises €15M Series D led by ENERN Investments  —  Health tech startup, DocPlanner has raised €15 million in a Series D round to further grow its SaaS healthcare booking platform.  —  The fresh round of funding was led by ENERN Investments …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Amazon takes on Etsy's wedding market with launch of new shop, an offshoot of Handmade at Amazon, featuring tens of thousands of handcrafted items on US site  —  Amazon this morning staked another claim in the billion-dollar wedding industry with the launch of a new Wedding Shop dedicated …

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Thomas Ricker / The Verge: IKEA says its Trådfri smart lights will be compatible with Apple's HomeKit, Amazon Echo, and Google Home by autumn  —  Coming this summer and fall  —  Ikea's low-cost TRÅDFRI smart lights first announced in Europe last year, will soon get voice control for owners of Google Home, Apple HomeKit, and Amazon Alexa devices.

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Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal: Sources: Unity raising $400M at ~$2.8B valuation, led by Silver Lake; revenue expected to be up 40% YoY to $300M this year, with gross-profit margin of ~90%  —  Unity Technologies is putting the finishing touches on a $400 million funding round of financing that values the videogame technology company …

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: 1Password adds Travel Mode feature that lets users easily wipe passwords from the app before departing and then restore them upon arrival  —  1Password received a handy new feature last week that allows the app to temporarily remove all passwords, credit cards, and other stored data from a user's devices.

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Michael del Castillo / CoinDesk: Blockstack releases developer edition of blockchain-powered browser, plans to introduce tokens later this year  —  Blockchain startup Blockstack has released a decentralized browser aimed at making apps more easily accessible.  —  In a way, the release is a kind of Netscape for the decentralized internet …

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Nicole Hong / Wall Street Journal: Target reaches $18.5M multi-state settlement over 2013 data breach, agrees to separate cardholder data from rest of network, implement two-factor authentication  —  Target Corp. on Tuesday agreed to pay $18.5 million to resolve an investigation by state prosecutors into its massive 2013 hack …

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John Eggerton / Multichannel News: FCC releases proposal for rollback of Title II net neutrality rules, with initial comments due July 17 and reply comments due August 16  —  Will give commenters until Aug. 16 to weigh in  —  The vetting and explicating on the FCC's network-neturality notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) can now begin in earnest.

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Michael del Castillo / CoinDesk: Global distributed ledger consortium R3 raises $107M to develop blockchain-like tech for banks from 40+ investors including Intel, HSBC, BoA Merrill Lynch  —  Global banking consortium R3 has closed the largest funding round in the history of distributed ledger technology.

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Abner Li / 9to5Google: Google debuts Family Group feature to easily share calendars, photos, notes, Google Play Family Library, Play Music, and YouTube TV among up to 6 people  —  Google has increasingly added family friendly functionality in its products.  Today, the company is introducing a “Family Group” …

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Paul Mozur / New York Times: China reportedly ordered livestreams blocked of Alpha Go defeating top Go player, China's Ke Jie, despite enormous interest within the country  —  HONG KONG — It isn't looking good for humanity.  —  The world's best player of what might be humankind's most complicated board game was defeated on Tuesday by a Google computer program.

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John Mannes / TechCrunch: Google Attribution, a free tool for examining marketing strategies and customer purchases, goes live in beta  —  At Google's Marketing Next conference, the company is announcing a new beta for Google Attribution, a free tool for examining the role that different marketing strategies play in customer purchasing decisions.

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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge: Huawei unveils the Matebook E, an update to the original Matebook, a more powerful 13" flagship X model, and 15" D model, all expected to ship this summer  —  The company also announced the MateBook E and MateBook D  —  The MateBook was Huawei's first shot at building a Windows 10 laptop …

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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch: Facebook debuts new group features for Live, including Live With, letting users stream side-by-side, and Live Chat with Friends private chatrooms  —  Facebook Live might be about bringing the entire community together around events, but sometimes you just want to know the reactions of your buddies.

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Kristen Hare / Poynter: As part of its outreach to news publishers, Facebook is testing three new products which aim to connect users with local news  —  As part of its ongoing push to build relationships with local publishers, Facebook is testing products that can help people better connect with local news.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Amazon expands Amazon Channels to UK, Germany, taking aim at pay-TV users  —  The race to control the TV is on, and today comes some news out of Europe underscoring Amazon's ambitions in that department.  The e-commerce giant announced the launch of Amazon Channels in the UK and Germany …

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Snapchat introduces custom Stories for capturing group moments with friends with the option to invite nearby users to join  —  A natural evolution  —  Snapchat today is rolling out custom Stories, a new form of Story designed to make sharing around big events easier.

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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac: Apple's head of worldwide HR, Denise Young Smith, to become VP for Inclusion and Diversity, reporting to Tim Cook; CFO Luca Maestri to temporarily fill HR role  —  Apple's head of Worldwide Human Resources Denise Young Smith will now run diversity programs for the company under a newly created VP position …

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Roger Cheng / CNET: LeEco says it's laying off 325 employees, or 70% of its US business' workforce, due to a lack of funding  —  Little-known LeEco cuts 70 percent of its US workforce as its lofty goals couldn't match the reality of a tough market.  —  It was a chilly January night in Las Vegas as Danny Bowman …

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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters: US appeals court rules that Wikipedia can pursue its NSA surveillance lawsuit, after a judge dismissed it in 2015  —  A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a Wikipedia lawsuit that challenges a U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) program of mass online surveillance …

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Washington Post: Google to begin using credit and debit card transaction data to show online ads prompt consumers to buy in physical stores, details tech to preserve privacy  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google will begin using data from billions of credit and debit card transactions — including card numbers …

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Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal: Uber underpaid NYC drivers for past 2.5 years, is refunding them the difference plus interest, which may cost the firm upwards of $45M  —  The ride-hailing company says it is refunding the money after miscalculating its commissions  —  Uber Technologies Inc. on Tuesday said it mistakenly underpaid …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft unveils collaborative inking Whiteboard app for Windows 10 and adds many enhancements to inking experience in Office apps  —  Microsoft is unveiling a new Whiteboard app for Windows 10 today.  It's an app that's designed for the company's Surface devices, and provides two-way inking for Windows 10.

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