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Alex Konrad / Forbes: Institutional Venture Partners raises $1.4B, its largest ever, for new late stage fund  —  Why Venture Firm IVP Raised $1.4 Billion For Its Largest Fund Ever  —  As tech company valuations rise, fund sizes at the venture firms that invest in them are on the up, too.

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Manuela Mesco / Wall Street Journal: Italian eyewear maker Luxottica working with Google on cheaper version of Glass to be out soon  —  Italian Eyewear Maker Luxottica Working on New Version of Google Glass, CEO Says  —  A new version of Google Glass is in the works and will be out soon, the Chief Executive Officer of Italian eyewear maker Luxottica said Friday.

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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica: Tests reveal Snapdragon 810 runs hot and throttles early and severely, causing performance issues  —  In-depth with the Snapdragon 810's heat problems  —  This is a hot chip that throttles early and often, and it makes a difference.  —  If you're using a relatively recent, non-Apple …

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BuzzFeed: Sources: BitTorrent laid off about 40 of their 150 domestic employees  —  Big Layoffs At BitTorrent  —  The company behind the revolutionary file-sharing protocol sacks dozens of employees.  —  Wikimedia Commons  —  They're swinging the axe over at BitTorrent.

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Victorious Launches Its First Apps For Online Stars And Their “Superfans”  —  Victorious is launching mobile apps today built for Internet video stars Ryan Higa and The Young Turks.  —  I assume this is good news if you're a fan of Higa or The Young Turks, but even if you're not …

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: The history of YouTube and how Google overcame legal, financial and technological problems to build a site that has almost 50 years of video uploaded daily  —  Cheaper bandwidth or bust: How Google saved YouTube  —  Leading the Web video revolution was an almost constant battle for survival.

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Emily Steel / New York Times: Comcast Confirms End of Deal With Time Warner Cable  —  Comcast confirmed Friday that it had called off its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, aborting its plans to create a truly national cable company with unprecedented control over the future of the country's television and broadband markets.

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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter: It's Official: Comcast Drops Time Warner Cable Deal  —  Comcast made it official on Friday morning, formally withdrawing its plans to acquire Time Warner Cable in a $45 billion deal.  —  News of the decision had emerged late Thursday when Bloomberg News reported about it.

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Comcast Corporation: Comcast terminates $45B Time Warner Cable merger agreement  —  COMCAST / TIME WARNER CABLE / CHARTER TRANSACTIONS TERMINATED  —  Comcast Corporation announced this morning that its merger agreement with Time Warner Cable and its transactions agreement with Charter Communications, Inc. have been terminated.

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Davey Alba / Wired: Reproductive health app Glow now allows men to track factors affecting their fertility and link with partners' accounts  —  An App for Hacking Fertility Now Also Works for Men  —  In our culture, reproduction is often seen as women's work.  From pregnancy to childbirth through nursing a newborn child …

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JP Mangalindan / Mashable: Facebook testing new notifications tab that acts as news hub, includes birthdays, events, local news, nearby friends, and more  —  Facebook's new notifications tab is a robust mini-news hub  —  Facebook wants notifications to become much more than a perfunctory list of recent behavior, events and invitations.

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iFixit: Apple Watch Teardown  —  Time flies: it's been eight months since Apple announced its (digital) crowning achievement: the Apple Watch.  Join us as we make time stand still by tearing down the Apple Watch to see what makes it tick.  Step 1 — Apple Watch Teardown The most anticipated smartwatch …

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Gina Hall / Silicon Valley Business Journal: Social music app Smule raises $38M in debt and equity round led by Adams Street Partners  —  Musical social network raised $38M for expansion  —  Musical social network Smule raised $26 million in equity and $12 million in debt funding on Thursday to grow its platform.

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Bloomberg Business: Comcast's hurdles were too high, despite political donations, deep Washington ties, and $17M spent on lobbying  —  Comcast Finds Golf and 128 Lobbyists Can't Sell U.S. on Merger  —  The company brought formidable muscle to its arguments, and lost.  —  t TShields3

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Jonathan Mahler / New York Times: Comcast's Time Warner Cable bid and FCC's stance on net neutrality were separate yet intertwined issues  —  Once Comcast's Deal Shifted to a Focus on Broadband, Its Ambitions Were Sunk  —  When it was announced a little more than a year ago, it felt to many like a sure thing.

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Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch: Defense Secretary Tries To Thaw Relations With Silicon Valley, Opens New ‘Defense Innovation Unit X’  —  U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is trying to mend relations with Silicon Valley a year and a half tensions between the industry and the military exploded when Edward Snowden exposed …

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Wall Street Journal: Filings: Kleiner Perkins offers to waive nearly $1M in legal fees if Ellen Pao doesn't appeal, offered $965K settlement last year  —  Kleiner Perkins Is Seeking Nearly $1 Million in Legal Fees From Ellen Pao  —  Silicon Valley venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers filed legal …

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Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority: Acer unveils a new 15-inch Chromebook, Iconia One 8 tablet and gaming-centric Predator tablet  —  At a press event held in New York earlier today, Acer announced a slew of new products that will all be available sometime this year.  The company announced a very budget-friendly Chromebook and tablet …

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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch: Previously Bootstrapped, GoFundMe Is Raising At A Valuation Of Around $500M  —  TechCrunch is hearing from a few sources that GoFundMe, a crowdfunding and fundraising startup, is seeking venture financing after bootstrapping the company since 2008.  —  According to those sources …

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Michael McWhertor / Polygon: Valve lets PC game modders sell their work through the Steam Workshop, starting with Skyrim  —  Valve now lets modders sell their work through Steam, starting with Skyrim  —  Mod makers can now sell their creations to players directly through Steam, Valve announced today, starting with The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Dropbox's Collaborative Note-Taking Service, Dropbox Notes, Heads Into Beta Testing  —  Earlier this month, Dropbox was spotted testing an early version of an online note-taking service dubbed “Project Composer,” which appeared to have roots in the company's 2014 acquisition of collaborative docs startup HackPad.

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Alex Dobie / Android Central: Samsung reveals next-gen Gear smartwatch will have round face while announcing SDK release  —  Samsung's next Gear smartwatch will have a round screen  —  Samsung has announced that it'll release the SDK for its next smartwatch to developers before the product launch itself — and in so doing …

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Instacart Finally Tells You When It's Charging You More Than Stores  —  As Instacart, the grocery delivery service, has grown in popularity, one unanswered question has followed: Am I paying more on Instacart than I would if I bought the same food in a store?  —  Now Instacart says it's ready to be transparent about that answer.

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Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal: Amazon revenue up 15% YoY to $22.72B, posts net loss of $57M after $108M profit a year ago  —  Amazon Swings to Loss Despite Jump in Sales  —  E-commerce firm's cloud computing business posts revenue of $1.57 billion  —  Amazon.com Inc. finally revealed financial details …

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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch: Pandora's Q1 Beats Estimates With $230.8 Million In Revenue  —  Pandora's first-quarter earnings beat Wall Street's expectations, bringing in $230.8 Million in revenue and a loss of 12 cents per share.  —  Its active listener count — while up year over year — fell quarter over quarter.

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