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David Pakman: VC at Venrock on how Dollar Shave Club became successful and why he invested in it  —  Success has many fathers, but in this case, there is only one.  —  When I first met Michael in June of 2012, I had already seen the DSC launch video like everyone else.  I saw his site melt down and watched the video explode and actually go viral.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Source: Niantic postponed Pokémon Go Japan launch after internal communication from McDonald's Japan, the game's sponsor, detailing the launch leaked  —  Game-maker Niantic has postponed today's scheduled launch of Pokémon Go in Japan following an email leak.

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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed: Twitter permanently suspends Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos for repeated violation of rules regarding targeted abuse of users  —  After years of provocation, Twitter has permanently banned Milo Yiannopoulos from its service.  —  After years of provocation, Twitter has permanently banned Milo Yiannopoulos from its service.

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Dan Primack / Fortune: Unilever acquires Dollar Shave Club, sources say for $1B; DSC founder and CEO Michael Dubin to continue running the company  —  Unilever announced on Tuesday evening that it is getting into the razor business, by agreeing to acquire Dollar Shave Club.  —  No financial terms were disclosed …

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Vlad Savov / The Verge: Nintendo's market value more than doubles to $42.5B since Pokemon Go release, surpasses Sony market value of about $40B  —  For a game that isn't even technically a Nintendo property, Pokémon Go is having quite the healthy impact on the Japanese company's finances.

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Wall Street Journal: Facebook is paying $2.2M to Vine and YouTube stars to create content for Facebook Live  —  The $2.2 million in payments are intended to ‘encourage experimentation’ on Facebook Live, says a company executive  —  Jon Paul Piques gained social-media fame posting bawdy six-second videos on Vine.

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Guillermo Parra-Bernal / Reuters: Brazil's Federal Supreme Court suspends a ruling by a low-tier judge that had blocked WhatsApp  —  Brazil's Federal Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a ruling by a low-tier judge ordering wireless phone carriers to block access to Facebook Inc's WhatsApp, the third such decision against the popular phone messaging app in eight months.

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet: Microsoft Q4: Azure revenue up 102% with compute usage doubling, Intelligent Cloud unit revenue up 7% YoY, Surface revenue up 9%, Office 365 subs top 23M  —  The company delivered strong cloud growth as its Office 365, Dynamics and Azure products and services chugged along.

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Microsoft: Microsoft reports GAAP revenue of $20.6B, operating income of $3.1B for FY16 Q4; commercial cloud annualized revenue run rate exceeds $12.1B  —  Microsoft Cloud Strength Highlights Fourth Quarter Results  —  Commercial cloud annualized revenue run rate exceeds $12.1 billion

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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch: Skycure lands $16.5M Series B round for mobile cybersecurity platform  —  Sitting in a Tel Aviv office, my interviewee borrowed my iPhone for a simple demo.  Inside two minutes, he was displaying my key strokes and web browsing onto a big screen in the meeting room, entirely remotely.

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Andrew Dalton / Engadget: Mercedes' CityPilot autonomous bus technology connects to city network, communicates with infrastructure on a 20km test drive in the Netherlands  —  Mercedes-Benz's CityPilot autonomous bus technology just got a real-world, long-range test drive on the streets and highways of the Netherlands.

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Snapchat confirms acquisition of Toronto startup Bitstrips, integrates Bitmojis into app to offer more personalized emoji  —  Snapchat bought Bitstrips, the startup behind Bitmoji, back in March.  The acquisition was worth a reported $100 million, but at the time, how the product would be integrated wasn't clear.

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Twitter now lets anyone request a verified account  —  Twitter is opening the blue checkmark to everyone.  Starting today, the company will let users request a verified account on its website by filling out a form with a verified phone number and email address, a profile photo …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Slack, now with 600 apps on its platform, pours $2M into 14 Slackbot startups via its Slack Fund  —  Slack, the popular messaging app for co-workers to chat, share files and distract each other with GIFs, has taken some major steps forward to establish itself as a wider productivity platform.

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Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal: Music-streaming service Deezer launches to all in the US for $10 per month with 30-day free trial  —  The French company goes up against an array of competitors, including Spotify and Apple Music  —  French music-streaming service Deezer is launching to the masses in the U.S. this week …

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Reuters: Brazilian judge orders phone carriers to block WhatsApp, the third such incident in 8 months  —  A Brazilian judge ordered wireless phone carriers to block access to Facebook Inc's WhatsApp indefinitely, starting on Tuesday, the third such incident against the popular phone messaging app in eight months.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Sources: Pokémon Go to launch in Japan tomorrow; McDonald's will be the first launch partner, with 3K+ stores set to be sponsored “gym” locations  —  Pokémon Go fever has doubled the value of Nintendo's business, pushing it past Sony in the process.

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: NBA to create two original programs to stream exclusively on Twitter, post more game highlights on the social network and Vine  —  But Twitter isn't getting any game broadcasts.  —  Twitter has secured the rights to stream live video content from the NBA starting next season.

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Brian Reigh / Android Authority: Samsung stands behind Galaxy S7 active water resistance certification, despite Consumer Reports tests, will honor warranty for water-damaged phones  —  Earlier this month, Consumer Reports ran a water-resistance test using two Galaxy S7 Active devices, and neither of the units survived to tell the tale.

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Alex Konrad / Forbes: WiFi Startup Zenreach Emerges From Stealth With $50 Million And Peter Thiel On Its Board  —  Jack Abraham's idea was so simple that for three years, he kept his startup quiet.  On LinkedIn it was simply “new company.”  And he raised $50 million across three rounds of funding without a peep to the press.

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Mark Scott / New York Times: Google is spending almost half a billion dollars by 2017 to remake its image in Europe  —  A yearlong digital training course for Irish high school teachers started in 2014.  A fund to help European news outlets adapt to the web popped up in 2015.  And in March, a virtual reality exhibition began …

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Wall Street Journal: VCs, entrepreneurs are divided over whether they'd accept funding from Saudi Arabia, as tech deals make up a growing percentage of sovereign-wealth portfolios  —  Investment of $3.5 billion in Uber prompts discussion among venture-capitalists, entrepreneurs

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Stephanie Condon / ZDNet: Google says government requests for data reached an all-time high: more than 40K in second half of 2015, with US issuing 12.5K requests affecting 27.1K users  —  Governments from around the globe made 40,677 requests for user data from Google during the last half of 2015.

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Kellex / Droid Life: Samsung Pay now available on Gear S2 smartwatch in US, but only for Bluetooth models and on NFC terminals  —  When Samsung introduced the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic last year, they made it clear that these devices would at some point support Samsung Pay, allowing owners of each device to make mobile payments with their wrists.

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Rachael King / Wall Street Journal: IBM beats expectations as Q2 revenue drops 2.8% to $20.24B, 17th straight quarterly decline  —  Big Blue's revenue has fallen for 17 straight quarters  —  Even as International Business Machines Corp. makes some gains in new strategic areas such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence, its total sales continue to decline.

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