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Michael Forsythe / New York Times: Alibaba's I.P.O. Could Be a Bonanza for the Scions of Chinese Leaders  —  It was billed as biggest private financing deal in the history of China.  —  In September 2012, the Alibaba Group announced that it had completed a $7.6 billion deal to buy back half of Yahoo's stake in it.

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Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch: NBA star Carmelo Anthony launches venture capital firm called M7 Tech Partners  —  Knicks Star Carmelo Anthony Launches Venture Firm  —  After scoring a new contract worth over $122 million with the N.Y. Knicks, NBA star Carmelo Anthony is looking to take a different kind of shot — starting a venture capital firm.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft consolidates its IT pro tradeshows into one  —  Summary: Microsoft is consolidating a number of its standalone IT pro-focused tradeshows into a single unified event, slated to kick off in May 2015 in Chicago.  —  Microsoft is consolidating its TechEd, Microsoft Management Summit …

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Steven Scheer / Reuters: Mobileye, Israeli maker of driving assist systems, starts road show for $500M NYSE IPO  —  Israel's Mobileye starts road show for $500 million NYSE IPO  —  (Reuters) - Mobileye N.V., which makes software and cameras that help cars avoid accidents, said on Monday it has launched a road show …

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: Blockchain Android app updated with new features simplying transactions, map view of merchants  —  Blockchain Releases New Android Wallet App To Put Bitcoin Into Everyone's Hands  —  Popular bitcoin wallet provider Blockchain.info is releasing a major new version of its Android app …

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Jason D. O'Grady / ZDNet: Forensic scientist identifies suspicious ‘back doors’ running on every iOS device  —  Summary: During his talk at HOPE/X Jonathan Zdziarski details several undocumented services (with names like “lockdownd,” “pcapd,” “mobile.file_relay,” and “house_arrest") that run in the background on over 600 million iOS devices.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: BlackBerry Names New COO, Marty Beard, ex-CEO Of Enterprise Cloud Startup LiveOps  —  On the heels of news that Apple would be significantly ramping up its mobile enterprise push in a partnership with IBM, BlackBerry is also looking to step up its game.  Today, the company announced that it is appointing a new COO, Marty Beard.

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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg: Urban Compass raises $40M at $360M valuation  —  Urban Compass Raises Money at $360 Million Valuation  —  Urban Compass Inc., the New York marketplace for renting and buying apartments, will expand to more U.S. cities after raising $40 million from investors.

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Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch: NEA Backs BetterDoctor's Quest To Develop Tools To Find A Better Doctor  —  For Ari Tulla, the chief executive officer in NEA's newest portfolio company, BetterDoctor, the decision to launch a company was a matter of more than just money.  —  Almost ten years ago, Tulla's wife began treatment for a serious illness.

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Jeyup S. Kwaak / Wall Street Journal: Seoul Moves to Ban Uber, Plans Own App  —  UPDATE: Uber Monday evening called Seoul city government's earlier statement a sign that it lags behind in adopting what it called an innovation in transportation.  “Comments like these show Seoul is in danger of remaining trapped in the past …

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Jerin Mathew / International Business Times: Huawei's First-Half Revenue up 19% While It Emerges as Major Smartphone Brand  —  China-based telecommunications equipment maker, Huawei Technologies, has reported a 19% increase in revenues for the first half of 2014 as consumers across the world become aware of its smartphone and tablet offerings, leading to higher sales.

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Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal: Verizon FiOS, facing slowing growth, plans symmetrical upload speeds at no additional charge  —  Verizon FiOS Enhances Bandwidth for Uploads  —  Company Is Seeking to Race Ahead of Cable Industry in Its Internet Speeds  —  Verizon Communications Inc. 's FiOS TV and broadband service …

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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom: The story of WebP: How Google wants to speed up the web, one image at a time  —  Tired of slow web pages?  So is Google, and the company thinks it has the key to speed up the web: smaller image files.  Google's WebP image format aims to replace existing image file formats like JPEG with a smaller file size …

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Kate Cox / Consumerist: From AT&T To Verizon: What The Web's Biggest Players Told The FCC About Net Neutrality  —  The FCC originally planned to stop taking comments about their net neutrality proposal on Tuesday.  But after demand overwhelmed and crashed their antique IT system, they extended the deadline to 11:59 p.m. (EDT) tonight.

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Ina Fried / Re/code: Mobile carriers have kept profits high, even after moving away from charging for voice minutes  —  Mobile Carriers Charging Differently, but Still Finding Plenty of Ways to Make Money  —  A few years ago, cellular companies charged for each call their customers made and gave most of them unlimited data.

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Author Earnings: Study: 31% of ebooks sold on Amazon are self-published; DRM harms sales at all price levels  —  July 2014 Author Earnings Report  —  It has been nearly half a year since we first pulled data for nearly every ranked ebook on Amazon.com's thousands of category bestseller lists.

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Nitasha Tiku / Valleywag: Product Hunt Founder Explains Why The Hell He Joined Y Combinator  —  Industry obsessives talk about Product Hunt—a leaderboard that lets members vote on new apps, devices, and other assorted technologies—with a sense of gratefulness.  Venture capitalists use its hand-picked daily list to find a diamond in the deluge.

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Andy Baio / Medium: How to fake flawless predictions for any sports event or election using social media  —  How to Flawlessly Predict Anything on the Internet  —  Spark conspiracies, incite riots, and predict the future with a confidence scam for the Twitter era  —  On Saturday, a Twitter account appeared …

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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes: Buzzfeed now receives more traffic from Pinterest than from Twitter  —  Nailed It: Buzzfeed Cracks The Pinterest Code  —  Buzzfeed is one of of the fastest growing media companies ever, with a monthly audience of 150 million and counting, thanks chiefly to its unmatched understanding of what people will read or share on Facebook.

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Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online: How a small team inside Google built Stories, a tool that organizes photos into narratives  —  How to Teach Google What a Story Is  —  Google wanted to solve a problem we can all understand.  People take so, so many photographs and yet they actually do very little with them.

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Rohin Dhar / Priceonomics Blog: Sequoia Capital will likely earn more from investing in YC companies than YC  —  The Big Winner from Y Combinator's Success?  Sequoia Capital  —  Yesterday, Y Combinator's president, Sam Altman, that the seed investment firm had funded 716 companies that were currently valued collectively at around $30 billion.

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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code: Edward Snowden Plans to Work on Privacy Tech  —  NSA leaker Edward Snowden says he plans to work on technology to preserve personal data privacy and called on programmers to join his efforts.  —  Speaking via a Google Hangout at the Hackers on Planet Earth Conference in New York …

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WhyCry / VideoCardz.com: Report: Nvidia Shield Tablet ships July 29 in the US; $299 for 16GB Wi-Fi-only, $399 for 32GB with LTE, $59 for separate controller  —  NVIDIA extends SHIELD family with SHIELD tablet and wireless controller  —  Let's talk about SHIELD.  —  I'm a huge fan of SHIELD, it's such an amazing tv show.

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Even after denial, Bloomberg says Jay Carney in the running for Apple PR head  —  Last week, Re/code reported that former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has been “bandied about” in connection to filling Katie Cotton's role as Apple's Corporate Communications and PR chief:

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security: New search engine indexes records from data breaches, mostly from sites young hackers frequent  —  Even Script Kids Have a Right to Be Forgotten  —  Indexeus, a new search engine that indexes user account information acquired from more than 100 recent data breaches, has caught many in the hacker underground off-guard.

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