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Leo Kelion / BBC: AdBlock Plus defeats German publishers in court  —  The German publishers challenged AdBlock Plus's right to suppress ads on their web pages  —  The creator of software that stops adverts from appearing on websites has defeated two news publishers that want to prevent its tech being used on their pages.

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Selfie app Shots raises $8.5M, led by Chinese VC firm WI Harper, adds more social features  —  Selfie App Shots Moves Beyond Bieber With $8.5 Million in Funding  —  Shots, a mobile app for sharing selfies, owes much of its early popularity to Justin Bieber.

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire: Zirx raises $30M to expand smartphone-powered on-demand valet service nationwide … Parking can be a pain, but it seems as though Zirx has a solid solution — at least that's what investors think.  —  The on-demand valet startup today announced a $30 million funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners …

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Wall Street Journal: Comcast's role with Disney and 21st Century Fox partners in the aborted Hulu sale in 2013 raises questions for regulators  —  Comcast Role in Aborted Hulu Sale Raises Questions for Regulators  —  Comcast told partners it would help make Hulu the streaming video platform for the cable TV industry

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Asif S. / SamMobile: Rooting Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will disable Samsung Pay  —  Thinking of rooting your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge?  Don't, or you'll lose this important feature  —  Samsung just released two great smartphones earlier this month, the Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge, which have been selling like hot cakes.

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Pew Internet: Americans undecided on whether government open data initiatives will improve accountability  —  Americans' Views on Open Government Data  —  Government reformers and advocates believe that two contemporary phenomena hold the potential to change how people engage with governments at all levels.

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Dan Ackerman / CNET: HP refreshes Pavilion and Envy x360 convertible laptops with new processors and more configuration options, starting around $500  —  HP new colorful back-to-school laptops and hybrids emphasize customization  —  The new back-to-school laptops and hybrids from HP emphasis flexibility …

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Blair Hanley Frank / GeekWire: Court filing made public today shows Zillow has accused Realtor.com operator Move of scraping listing data  —  Zillow accuses Move of scraping its listing data — after Move accused Zillow doing the same … In a filing made public today, Zillow accused Realtor.com operator Move …

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TechCrunch: Sources: Cloud HR startup Zenefits looking to raise $300M to $500M at a valuation north of $3B  —  Cloud HR Startup Zenefits Is Looking To Raise A Giant New Round Of Funding  —  Fast-moving HR and benefits startup Zenefits is looking to accelerate adoption even further.

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch: Sources: Apple gives Watch Edition with unique 18k gold link band to fashion icons like Beyonce, Karl Lagerfeld, and Anna Wintour  —  Put A Gold Band On It  —  Nothing separates the “haves” and the 1% like a prohibitively expensive consumer product.  Whether it's a Hermes Birkin Bag …

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: Al Franken, Ron Wyden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and two other senators urge FCC and DOJ to block $45.2B Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger  —  Six US senators say Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger should be blocked  —  Al Franken and others call on FCC and DOJ to block $45.2 billion cable deal.

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Re/code: Sources: Path in talks to sell its social networking app to South Korea's Daum Kakao, makers of messaging app KakaoTalk  —  Path in Talks to Sell Social Networking App to South Korea's KakaoTalk  —  Path is in serious talks to sell its original social networking app, known as Path Classic …

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Wall Street Journal: Google to unveil new US wireless service this week that allows customers to pay only for data used monthly, will run on Sprint and T-Mobile networks  —  Google Set to Unveil Wireless Service  —  New service to allow customer to pay only for data they use each month

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Ellen Huet / Forbes: Gurbaksh Chahal And Gravity4 Hit With Gender Discrimination, Illegal Surveillance Lawsuit  —  Gurbaksh Chahal, the 32-year-old embattled and often self-aggrandizing CEO who was convicted of domestic violence last year and fired from his ad-tech company RadiumOne, hoped that his new startup …

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Elise Viebeck / The Hill: Department of Homeland Security opening satellite office in Silicon Valley to improve relationships with tech companies, share information and recruit talent  —  Homeland Security headed to Silicon Valley  —  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is preparing to open a satellite office …

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Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal: Facebook and Google find the greatest challenges to Internet expansion are a lack of relevant content and awareness  —  Tech Companies Struggle to Get World on Internet  —  Google and Facebook are scrambling to reach billions of people still without Web access, but the Internet's expansion is actually slowing

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Dominic Rushe / Guardian: Google spent a record $5.47M on lobbying in Q1 2015, up 43% year-over-year; Comcast spent $4.62M, up 50% year-over-year, Consumer Watchdog reports  —  Google and Comcast lobbying spending soars in first quarter of 2015  —  Google is under investigation in Europe over allegations it abused …

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Roger Fingas / AppleInsider: Apple job listing confirms plans to bring public transit info to its Maps service  —  Apple is indeed working on bringing public transit directions back into its Maps apps for iOS and OS X, following a nearly three-year absence since the iPhone maker abandoned data from Google Maps, an official job listing confirmed on Tuesday.

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Returning an Apple Watch Edition involves an elaborate inspection, approval from a member of Genius Bar staff and the Apple Store manager  —  Apple to require more secure, stringent return process for Apple Watch Edition  —  Beyond a unique sales process and exclusivity to select stores …

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Ruth Reader / VentureBeat: Yahoo reports revenues for Q1 of $1.04B, down from $1.08B a year ago, and $0.15 EPS, missing $0.18 EPS estimate; mobile GAAP revenue reached $234M, up 61% YoY  —  Yahoo reports low revenues of $1.04B and $0.15 EPS for Q1, sending stock down 1.5%  —  Yahoo announced its first quarter earnings today …

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Kim Zetter / Wired: FBI, TSA warn airlines to watch for network tampering and intrusions on flights, a week after security researcher was detained for joke tweet  —  Feds Warn Airlines to Look Out for Passengers Hacking Jets  —  In response to reports last week that passenger Wi-Fi networks make some planes vulnerable …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Atlassian Acquires Open Source Video Conferencing Company BlueJimp To Power HipChat's Video Chat  —  Atlassian, the company behind developer and collaboration tools like JIRA, Confluence and HipChat, today announced that it has acquired the video conferencing service BlueJimp.

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Kara Swisher / Re/code: Executive Departures, ‘Drip’ Layoffs, Search Costs and Ad Slumping: Welcome to Post-Alibaba Yahoo  —  Is today the day when Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer finally has to face the music as Yahoo releases its first-quarter earnings results, which Wall Street is expecting to be less than stellar?  —  Probably not!

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: WhatsApp for iOS is updated with free VoIP calling, quick photo option, new sharing extension  —  WhatsApp Begins Rolling Out Its Voice-Calling Feature To iOS Users  —  Less than a month after WhatsApp introduced free voice calls to users of its Android app, so the Facebook-owned company …

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple Offers Developers a Chance to Buy Apple Watch Sport With Guaranteed April 28 Delivery Date  —  Apple today began sending out emails to iOS developers, offering them a chance to purchase a 42mm Apple Watch Sport with a Blue Sport Band that has a guaranteed shipment date of April 28 …

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