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Dan Levine / Reuters: US Department of Labor files administrative lawsuit against Palantir, alleging discrimination against Asian job applicants  —  The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday filed an administrative lawsuit against Palantir Technologies, alleging the data analysis company systematically discriminated against Asian job applicants.

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Stephen Hall / 9to5Google: Sources: Google plans a Huawei tablet with Nexus branding, likely running Andromeda OS  —  We've learned from multiple sources that Google plans to launch its forthcoming Andromeda Android/Chrome OS hybrid OS on two devices: a Huawei Nexus tablet and a “convertible laptop”.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Global freight logistics startup Flexport raies $65M Series B at $300M+ valuation from Founders Fund, Bloomberg Beta, and others  —  Freight forwarding is a multi-trillion industry, but most people don't even know what those words mean.  It's the business of moving boats …

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Bloomberg: Sources: Disney working with a financial adviser to evaluate a possible bid for Twitter, and Salesforce is working with Bank of America to assess potential bid  —  Salesforce said to be working with Bank of America on bid  —  Twitter presentations to prospective buyers said to start soon

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Dan Primack / Fortune: Mobile ad startup AppLovin, which has raised less than $5M to date, agrees to be acquired by Chinese PE firm Orient Hontai Capital for $1.4B  —  Unlike most advertising technology startups, San Francisco-based AppLovin never raised any traditional venture capital.

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Kate Conger / TechCrunch: Senator Mark Warner, a co-founder of Nextel and a former startup investor, calls for SEC investigation into Yahoo's disclosure of its record breach  —  Yahoo's announcement last week that data from 500 million user accounts had been stolen in 2014 by what it called a “state-sponsored actor” …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Windows 10 surpasses 400M active devices, up from 300M in May, and announces new container-based isolation security feature for Edge browser, coming next year  —  Microsoft officials said Windows 10 has hit the 400 million ‘active’ device milestone, up from 300 million in early May.

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Lauren Goode / The Verge: Roku unveils new range of streaming media players from the $30 Express box to the $130 Ultra with 4K, HDR video support, USB port, and a more advanced remote  —  The fall hardware refresh that will surprise no one  —  After weeks of leaks about the new products, Roku has officially announced its new line of streaming media boxes.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Plex partners with Amazon to launch a hardware-free media server, Plex Cloud  —  You no longer need an always-on PC or any other network-attached hardware in order to use Plex's media player.  The popular service, which allows you to watch TV and movies from your own collection …

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David Ruddock / Android Police: Sources: Google planning to launch an ultra-thin convertible laptop, nicknamed Pixel 3 running combined Android-Chrome OS “Andromeda” in Q3 '17 starting at $799  —  Two independent and reliable sources have confirmed to us that Google is planning a new Pixel laptop to be released in Q3 2017.

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Patrick Holland / CNET: Alcatel Idol 4s review: good build quality, display, camera; programmable Boom Key to launch apps is a nice idea but lacks polish; OnePlus 3 is a better phone  —  Build and design: The first time anyone picks the Idol 4S up, they have the same reaction, “Oooh!  This is nice."

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire: Adobe partners with Microsoft to use Azure as ‘preferred solution’ for cloud services  —  ATLANTA, GA. — Technology giants Adobe and Microsoft announced a strategic cloud partnership at Microsoft Ignite on Monday, with each company throwing its weight behind the other in some of the most hotly contested sectors of the industry.

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Shoshanna Solomon / The Times of Israel: Israel-based equity crowdfunding firm OurCrowd raises $72M Series C for global expansion and additional capital to co-invest in startups that use its platform  —  The Jerusalem-based equity crowdfunding firm has invested more than $300 million to date, mostly in Israeli start-ups

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Reuters: Sources: accounting software maker BlackLine confidentially filed for an IPO that could value the company at over $1B  —  Accounting software maker BlackLine Inc is preparing for an initial public offering that could value it at more than $1 billion, including debt, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

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Jason Del Rey / Recode: Online grocery service FreshDirect, popular in New York, raises $189M round led by JPMorgan Asset Management to expand in new cities  —  One of the oldest online grocers gets a huge cash infusion.  —  FreshDirect, an online grocer that has a large following in the New York metropolitan area …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Pay-per-mile auto insurance firm Metromile has raised $191.5M in 3 rounds since late 2014, will acquire Mosaic Insurance to start underwriting policies itself  —  The automotive industry is in flux with the rise of self-driving and electric cars, and the concept of car ownership altogether being thrown into question.

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Cade Metz / Wired: A look at Microsoft's Project Catapult, a multi-year effort to design FPGA chips in-house to power cloud services including Bing, Azure, Office 365, more  —  It was December 2012, and Doug Burger was standing in front of Steve Ballmer, trying to predict the future.

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Hollywood Reporter: California enacts law, effective Jan. 1, 2017, requiring some entertainment sites with paid subscriptions like IMDb to remove actors' age info upon request  —  “On behalf of everyone in the industry who has struggled with age discrimination, whose opportunities to showcase their talent may have been blocked …

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Mike Prospero / Tom's Guide: Samsung Gear IconX earbuds review: good sound, accurate heart rate and distance tracking, useful 4GB storage, but bad battery life, pricey, and requires Android  —  There is an inherent conflict between running light, and yet still wanting to track your mileage and listen to music.

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Mark Sullivan / Fast Company: How Apple and IBM's partnership to develop hundreds of enterprise apps actually works: IBM does the app building, and Apple enforces design standards  —  This is how the (unlikely) partnership actually works, as told by the people from both companies who manage it every day.

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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed: Reporter follows all of Facebook's prompts and suggestions for weeks, leading to extreme oversharing, polluted news feeds, and awkward encounters  —  Facebook is lousy with opportunities for embarrassment.  An offhanded political remark that silently — and completely unbeknownst to you …

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security: As insecure IoT devices make large-scale DDoS attacks more potent, the Internet community should work to adopt standards and tools to prevent these attacks  —  John Gilmore, an American entrepreneur and civil libertarian, once famously quipped that “the Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.”

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch: Sex cam site Megacams implements face search using Microsoft facial recognition API to let you “find a live sex doppelganger of someone you know”  —  Welcome to the future, where you can face search for a live sex webcam performer and be served real-life humans to your telescreen …

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Steven Melendez / Fast Company: Companies like ApolloShield and Battelle are developing hardware and software that can disable drones without destroying them  —  On the margins of technology and the law, companies and governments are hacking unmanned vehicles and putting up their drone shields.

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Kevin Hartnett / Quanta Magazine: DARPA prevented hackers from taking control of an unmanned drone using “formal methods”, a technique that can verify whether programs are error-free  —  In the summer of 2015 a team of hackers attempted to take control of an unmanned military helicopter known as Little Bird.

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