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Wall Street Journal: Google and Yahoo have both held early acquisition talks with Flipboard in recent weeks but deal price hasn't yet been discussed  —  Google, Yahoo Have Had Talks to Buy Flipboard  —  Twitter's Flipboard discussions have largely stalled since April  —  Several Internet giants have inquired …

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Wall Street Journal: Google and Yahoo have both held early acquisition talks with Flipboard in recent weeks but deal price hasn't yet been discussed  —  Google, Yahoo Have Had Talks to Buy Flipboard  —  Twitter's Flipboard discussions have largely stalled since April  —  Several Internet giants have inquired …

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Julie Bort / Business Insider: Mandriva, developer of Mandriva Linux for PCs, shuts down after 17 years  —  A Linux company that spent 17 years competing with Windows is officially over  —  In a “sad” event for people who love Linux, French tech company Mandriva is being liquidated, according to a notice posted by the company.

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Ezra Klein / Vox: Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff explains the Re/code purchase: complementing The Verge's coverage, conference business, more  —  The Vox Media-Re/code deal, explained by Vox Media's CEO  —  On Tuesday night, Vox Media — the parent company of Vox.com — announced it was purchasing Re/code …

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Dashiell Bennett / Bloomberg Business: Brick and mortar retailer Hot Topic to buy ThinkGeek parent company Geeknet for $122M in cash and stock  —  One of the Biggest Tech IPOs of All Time Is Getting Bought by a Teen Clothing Store  —  From hardware company to e-tailer  —  Hot Topic, the fashion staple of suburban malls everywhere …

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code: Snapchat's Evan Spiegel on eliminating push-to-view for videos, approaching 100M daily active users, being about “entertainment”, more  —  Snapchat's Evan Spiegel Takes the Stage at Code Conference (Liveblog)  — Snapchat considering changing or eliminating push-to-view feature.

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Roozbeh Pournader / Google Open Source Blog: Google open sources its signature Roboto font, the default used in Android and Chrome  —  Roboto: Google's signature font is now open source  —  The Roboto family of fonts, and the toolchain used in creating it, are now an open source project.  Roboto is Google's signature font, created by Google designer Christian Robertson.

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac: Apple replaces problematic OS X networking process discoveryd with mDNSResponder in new beta  —  Apple drops discoveryd in latest OS X beta following months of network issues  —  After many complaints from the developer community about poor networking performance on Yosemite …

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Nilay Patel / The Verge: Recode's reviews team of Katie Boehret, Bonnie Cha, and Lauren Goode to join Verge staff, Mossberg to write reviews, columns for both sites  —  The Verge and Recode are joining forces  —  I'm excited to announce that The Verge's parent company Vox Media is acquiring Recode …

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Sydney Ember / New York Times: Vox Media acquires ReCode in all-stock deal, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher to stay at ReCode after merger  —  Vox Media Acquiring ReCode  —  ReCode, the news website led by the veteran journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, is being acquired by Vox Media, a deal that reflects …

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Ben Lang / Road to VR: Oculus Acquires Computer Vision Company Surreal Vision for 3D Scene Reconstruction  —  Oculus today announced that they've acquired Surreal Vision, a computer vision company that's using technology to interpret the real world in a way that can be visualized and interacted with within virtual reality.

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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press: Hackers use SSNs, birthdates, addresses, and filing statuses to breach IRS security and gain access to data on 100K taxpayers  —  IRS Says Thieves Stole Tax Info From 100,000  —  APNewsBreak: IRS says thieves used online agency service to get access to 100,000 tax returns.  —  The IRS says its service was hacked.

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: iOS 9 Maps Transit navigation to include San Francisco, New York City, Toronto, London, Paris, and Berlin, in addition to China, at launch  —  iOS 9 Transit Maps to launch in a handful of cities in North America, Europe & China  —  While Apple plans to debut its own mass transit directions service …

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Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal: Android Auto review: maps, speech recognition, Google Now are great, but limited availability on Android and Hyundai Sonata is frustrating  —  Android Auto Review: The Smartphone Finally Finds Its Rightful Home in the Car  —  A future without slow, unintuitive in-dash navigation systems is on the horizon

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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat: Microsoft partners with LG, Sony, other OEMs to sell Android tablets featuring Office, OneDrive, Skype  —  If you're not reaching, engaging, and monetizing customers on mobile, you're likely losing them to someone else.  Register now for the 8th annual MobileBeat, July 13-14 …

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Edmund Lee / Re/code: AOL was approached by three bidders other than Verizon, considered selling Huffington Post, TechCrunch; CEO Armstrong gets bonus of about $59M for making deal  —  AOL Was Approached by Three Other Bidders After Verizon  —  AOL was approached by three other companies for a possible acquisition …

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Stephanie Kirchgaessner / Guardian: Court orders Uber to end UberPop service in Italy, says it creates “unfair competition”  —  Uber ordered to discontinue Pop service in Italy  —  Milan court rules that allowing users of company's smartphone app to order a ride from an Uber driver creates ‘unfair competition’

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Harry McCracken / Fast Company: Google VP of engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer confirms Android M is coming this year  —  GOOGLE'S HIROSHI LOCKHEIMER ON THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF ANDROID AND CHROME OS  —  In 2005, software engineer Hiroshi Lockheimer got a call from Andy Rubin, his former boss at Danger Research …

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Facebook adds critics' reviews to select restaurant pages in a pilot with seven publications including Bon Appetit, Conde Nast Traveler, and Eater  —  Facebook begins adding critics' reviews to restaurant pages  —  Two weeks after starting to host news articles on its servers …

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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter: Austin-based startup Knowingly purchases Gigaom assets, plans to relaunch tech site in August  —  Gigaom to relaunch in August  —  Knowingly Corp, an Austin-based startup, has acquired the pathbreaking tech news site Gigaom and plans to relaunch it this summer, according to a release from the company.

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Jonathan Vanian / Fortune: Rubrik raises $41M Series B round to archive your company data, two months after raising $10M  —  Rubrik lands $41 million to archive your company data  —  It's probably safe to say that analyzing vast quantities of company data can lead to making better business decisions for your organization.

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Vlad Savov / The Verge: Sony rebrands Xperia Z4 as Xperia Z3+ for global launch in June with few iterative upgrades  —  Sony's flagship Xperia Z4 goes global with the humbler title of Z3+  —  The new flagship phone for Sony is the Xperia Z4.  In Japan.  For the rest of the world, that very same phone will be known …

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: iOS 9 supports ‘iPhone 6S’ Force Touch, may enhance iMessage, Keyboard & Apple Pay  —  Some of iOS 9's more important planned enhancements include split-screen apps on iPads, a new Home app for controlling HomeKit accessories, a new system-wide UI font, a mass transit directions service for the Maps app …

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Barb Darrow / Fortune: EMC expands cloud push with $1.2 billion buy of Virtustream  —  Joe Tucci is at it again.  The longtime EMC chief executive and chairman has made another purchase, buying Virtustream, an enterprise-oriented cloud computing company, for $1.2 billion in cash.

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Colum Murphy / Wall Street Journal: Audi will use Baidu's CarLife smartphone integration technology, develop country specific LTE module with Huawei for its cars in China  —  Audi Turns to Connected Cars in China  —  German luxury-auto maker seeks to lure, keep customers as high-end demand eases

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