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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Global Fashion Group raises €300M+ from Rocket Internet, Kinnevik, others at €1B valuation, down from €3.1B a year ago  —  Rocket Internet's GFG pockets $340M+ at $1.1B valuation, down from $3.5B a year ago

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Economist: Craig Wright could well be Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, but nagging questions remain  —  Craig Steven Wright claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto.  Is he?  —  Evaluating his claim will involve a multi-step paternity test  —  IMAGINE that the paternity of a particularly brilliant child is in doubt …

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Ben Popper / The Verge: Vimeo acquires VHX as it looks to build out business models for indie creators  —  One of the biggest trends in media over the past year has been the move from free, ad-supported models to premium options like Netflix, Hulu, and commercial-free deals like YouTube Red.

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BBC: Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright publicly identifies himself as Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto  —  Creator of Bitcoin digital cash reveals identity  —  Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has publicly identified himself as Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto.

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Jeremy Kahn / Bloomberg: French P2P car rental startup Drivy raises €31M round from Cathay Innovation, Nokia Growth Partners, Index Ventures, others  —  ‘Airbnb for Cars’ Startup Drivy Gets $35 Million to Expand  —  Paris-based startup will enter new markets, including London  —  Nokia venture arm, Cathay private equity, lead investment

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Will Freeman / Guardian: Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell plans to revive “fundamental game design” of arcades in mobile games  —  Atari co-founder: mobile games make me want to throw my phone  —  Video games pioneer Nolan Bushnell is planning to revive the ‘hardcore fundamental game design’ of arcades to make mobile titles worth playing

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Wall Street Journal: Sources: Hulu hopes to launch an online TV service which would stream popular broadcast and cable TV channels in first quarter of 2017  —  Hulu Is Developing a Cable-Style Online TV Service  —  New subscription service would stream feeds of popular broadcast and cable TV channels

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Kim Zetter / Wired: A guide to mobile data network SS7 and its vulnerabilities, which can be exploited to track cell phone users and intercept their communications  —  The Critical Hole at the Heart of Our Cell Phone Networks  —  In February 2014, the US ambassador to Ukraine suffered an embarrassing leak.

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David Kushner / Foreign Policy: Profile of David Vincenzetti, founder of the Hacking Team whose spyware was used by over 40 governments worldwide  —  Fear This Man … As the sun rose over the banks of the Seine and the medieval, half-timbered houses of Rouen, France, on July 13, 2012, Hisham Almiraat opened his inbox to find …

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Julian Sanchez / Just Security: Feinstein-Burr anti-encryption bill is so broad that it could ban modern web browsers  —  Feinstein-Burr: The Bill That Bans Your Browser  —  Last week, I criticized the confused rhetorical framework that the Feinstein-Burr encryption backdoor proposal tries to impose on the ongoing Crypto Wars 2.0 debate.

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Polly Mosendz / Bloomberg: Study finds Silicon Valley engineering interns earn $81,600 per year compared with national wage index of $46,481.52  —  Do You Earn Less Than a Silicon Valley Intern?  —  The vast majority of interns in a recent survey said they did not attempt to negotiate their salary.

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John Paul Titlow / Fast Company: How Pandora plans to reinvent itself with on-demand streaming, ticket-selling, and live streaming concerts  —  Inside Pandora's Plan To Reinvent Itself—And Beat Back Apple And Spotify  —  In 2016, personalized Internet radio alone won't cut it.  Here's how Pandora hopes to maneuver its way to profitability.

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Los Angeles Times: LA judge compels woman to unlock iPhone with fingerprint, sparking 5th amendment debate  —  The government wants your fingerprint to unlock your phone.  Should that be allowed?  —  In a Glendale case, the FBI wants the fingerprint of Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan so her iPhone can be unlocked.

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Colin Lecher / The Verge: Uber settles with National Federation of the Blind, will pay $225K over 3 years, notify drivers they must provide transport to customers with service animals  —  Uber agrees to $225,000 settlement in lawsuit alleging discrimination against the blind  —  Uber has agreed to pay the National Federation …

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Sam Knight / Guardian: How Uber built its business in London from 5,000 to 1.7M active riders in three years  —  How Uber conquered London  —  To understand how the $60bn company is taking over the world, you need to stop thinking about cars  —  very week in London, 30,000 people download Uber to their phones and order a car for the first time.

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Mark Walton / Ars Technica UK: Huawei P9 review: great camera, design, and build quality but the Android 6.0-based Emotion UI skin and other software tweaks to stock Android hinder usability  —  Huawei P9 review: Great camera, great design, and ghastly software  —  Android 6 Marshmallow with Emotion UI 4.1

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Triby review: kitchen bluetooth speaker with Alexa integration and an e-ink screen is neat, flawed, and hard to recommend at $199  —  Triby Review: Alexa on your fridge  —  The elevator pitch for the Triby is actually a kitchen pitch.  1. Take everything you like about the Amazon Echo speaker …

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Reuters: How Google's aggressive lobbying put it in a leadership position to shape regulation for driverless cars  —  How Google is shaping the rules of the driverless road  —  The battle to dominate the next generation of cars hinges in part on autonomous driving technology.

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Patrick Howell O'Neill / The Daily Dot: FBI uses malware created by an ex-employee of the Tor Project, Matt Edman, to hack Tor users  —  Former Tor developer created malware for the FBI  —  How does the U.S. government beat Tor, the anonymity software used by millions of people around the world?  By hiring someone with experience on the inside.

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Bloomberg: A history of Marissa Mayer's tenure at Yahoo, and why her efforts haven't been enough to turn the company around  —  Yahoo's $8 Billion Black Hole  —  These moves haven't mollified investors.  In March, Starboard Value, which once got the board of Darden Restaurants replaced by …

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The Intercept: US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper complains that Edward Snowden sped up spread of encryption by seven years  —  Spy Chief Complains That Edward Snowden Sped Up Spread of Encryption By 7 Years  —  THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE on Monday blamed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden …

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Janko Roettgers / Variety: Samsung Is Working On a Standalone Virtual Reality Headset … Samsung's plans for virtual reality go beyond the company's current Gear VR headset: The company is working on a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset that will incorporate positional tracking similar to the technologies …

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Anna Wiener / n+1: A first-person narrative on the allure and anxiety of working at a Silicon Valley startup  —  Uncanny Valley  —  I would say more, but I signed an NDA.  —  MORALE IS DOWN.  We are making plenty of money, but the office is teeming with salespeople: well-groomed social animals with good posture …

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Bloomberg: Internet retailers like Adore Me, JustFab, and Birchbox are placing customers into unwanted, hard-to-cancel subscriptions, leading to complaints and lawsuits  —  Trapping You in a Club You Didn't Know You Joined  —  A $19.95 set of lacy lingerie had already cost Hailee Taylor more than $300 …

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Scott Gilbertson / Ars Technica: Vivaldi browser review: ultra customization and clever tab management great for power users, but no mobile version and some glitches in version 1.0  —  Even at 1.0, Vivaldi closes in on the cure for the common browser  —  Review: Ultra customization, clever tab management breaks from Chrome, Firefox.

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