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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: AT&T announces its streaming service DirecTV Now will get cloud DVR, parental controls, and other features starting this fall  —  AT&T's streaming TV service for cord cutters, DirecTV Now, is finally getting a cloud DVR, among other features, the company announced today.

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Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg: Hotel industry groups, union leaders funding effort to purge suspicious Airbnb rental listings in NYC, Washington DC, and LA via a group called Share Better  —  A politically connected consultant says he's fighting a “guerrilla campaign.”  —  Just before Memorial Day, two couples …

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Katie Dupere / Mashable: Free legal chatbot service DoNotPay expands to cover 50 US states and the UK, handles 1,000 legal issues covering consumer and workplace rights  —  Shady businesses, you're on notice.  This robot lawyer is coming after you if you play dirty.  —  Noted legal aid chatbot DoNotPay just announced …

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire: Mike George, Amazon VP who oversaw Alexa and Echo is retiring, after nearly two decades with the company; will be replaced by Tom Taylor, SVP Amazon Payments  —  Mike George, the Amazon vice president who oversaw two of the company's most successful products — the Alexa virtual assistant …

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Rod McGuirk / AP News: The Australian government proposes a new cybersecurity law, modeled after UK's Investigatory Powers Act, to force tech companies to decrypt messages  —  https://apnews.com/621e0913072a4cb5a1a7 f7338721b059  —  Link copied!  —  CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government …

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Wall Street Journal: China's limits on map data hinders self-driving efforts of foreign car makers in the world's largest auto market  —  Restrictions on digital mapping by overseas firms present hurdles to non-Chinese vehicle and tech companies  —  China is creating roadblocks for U.S. auto makers and tech companies …

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James Hercher / AdExchanger: Marketing data startup Segment raises $64M Series C led by the Y Combinator Continuity Fund  —  The mobile data platform Segment on Thursday announced a $64 million Series C round led by the Y Combinator Continuity Fund, an investment arm dedicated to the incubator's alumni, and GV, Google's venture capital group.

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E.D. Cauchi / NBC News: In letter to Sen. Wyden, CBP says it lacks authority to search travelers' cloud services at border but can search devices' local data without consent  —  U.S. border officers aren't allowed to look at any data stored only in the “cloud” — including social media data …

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Kara Swisher / Recode: Sources on Uber CEO search: Sheryl Sandberg, Susan Wojcicki, Tom Staggs, Alan Mulally, and Arianna Huffington have little to no interest in the job  —  Uber wants a global CEO — like easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall  —  I know it's fun to speculate on the various CEO candidates who might take over at Uber.

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Maureen Farrell / Wall Street Journal: Sources: Roku has hired IPO underwriters, and one source says it may file confidentially in the next few weeks, seeking a valuation of ~$1B  —  Streaming media player maker said to be seeking a valuation of roughly $1 billion  —  Roku Inc., which makes streaming media devices and software …

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Stephanie Condon / ZDNet: Box launches Box Elements, pre-built components for devs to incorporate Box content management features into their apps  —  Called Box Elements, the new tools make it easier for businesses to incorporate the Box experience into any application.  —  Video: Why companies are racing to turn their products into platforms

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Tony Romm / Recode: FanDuel and DraftKings drop their merger, following FTC's vote to challenge it last month  —  The decision to terminate the deal comes after the U.S. government voted to challenge it.  —  FanDuel and DraftKings have decided to scrap their merger rather than fight the U.S. government …

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Gerrit De Vynck / Bloomberg: Shopify merchants will soon be able to sell through eBay in US, following similar deals with other outlets, including a 2015 deal with Amazon  —  Deal matches agreements with Amazon, Facebook and Pinterest  —  E-commerce site gives customers more options to reach shoppers

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Mike Snider / USA Today: Class action lawsuits now filed in 8 states against CenturyLink, alleging the telecom has systematically overcharged customers, with Minnesota filing today  —  Telecommunications giant CenturyLink faces a growing legal battle as the state of Minnesota on Wednesday filed a consumer fraud suit …

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Marketing data startup Segment raises $64M Series C, led by the Y Combinator Continuity Fund and GV  —  Segment has raised $64 million in Series C funding, with the Y Combinator Continuity Fund and GV leading the round.  —  The continuity fund is the $700 million fund led by former Twitter COO Ali Rowghani.

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Lauren Johnson / Adweek: Pinterest hires Jon Alferness and Meredith Guerriero, senior execs at Google and Facebook, to develop new ad formats and targeting  —  Jon Alferness and Meredith Guerriero bring search and programmatic expertise  —  Pinterest is after Google's talent.  The San Francisco-based company …

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Tony Romm / Recode: Net neutrality Day of Action organizers estimate at least 10M saw Wednesday's protest, with over 2M submitting comments to the FCC  —  Organizers say they reached more than 10 million users, but some of the largest tech companies seemed to hold back.  —  Facebook, Google, Twitter and other companies …

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Chris Baraniuk / BBC: UK-based luxury phone-maker Vertu to be liquidated after plan to save it failed; 200 will be laid off  —  A British-based company that made smartphones costing thousands of pounds will be liquidated after a plan to save it failed.  —  Vertu was known for its high-end, jewel-encrusted handsets …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Cisco acquires St Louis-based forensic security cloud service provider Observable Networks, which provides real-time network behavior monitoring  —  Cisco has made another acquisition in the enterprise security space — underscoring the ongoing market demand for security services amid …

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Eduard Kovacs / SecurityWeek: Info on millions of Verizon users, including phone numbers, addresses, PINs were left exposed online; Verizon disputes early reports of 14M, says it affected 6M  —  The personal details of millions of Verizon customers were exposed online due to a misconfigured Amazon Web Services (AWS) …

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Ian Cutress / AnandTech: AMD's Ryzen Threadripper CPUs start shipping in August, with the 12 core, 3.5GHz 1920X costing $799, and the 16 core, 3.4GHz 1950X costing $999  —  Last night out of the blue, we received an email from AMD, sharing some of the specifications for the forthcoming Ryzen Threadripper CPUs to be announced today.

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Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios: Early coding school Dev Bootcamp is shutting down, says it couldn't make its business model work; it was acquired by education services company Kaplan in 2014  —  Dev Bootcamp, the original “coding bootcamp,” is shutting down, the company announced on Wednesday.

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire: Pet-sitting startup Rover raises $65M round led by Spark Capital for international expansion  —  Typically in today's technology world, startup founders sit on one side of the room, pitch ideas to investors, and hope to land funding for their company.  —  But when you're growing as quickly as Rover …

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg: Sources: Facebook plans to unveil a $200 standalone wireless Oculus VR headset for 2018, which will be more compact than the Rift and lighter than Gear VR  —  The new device will work without being tethered to phone or PC  —  Company bets gadget will popularize VR as Apple did smartphone

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Rich Woods / Neowin: Amazon updates Fire TVs and Fire Sticks allowing users to control them via Alexa-enabled devices such as Echo or Echo Dot  —  Amazon is rolling out a software update for its family of Fire TV set-top boxes and sticks, which allows users to control them via an Alexa-enabled device, such as an Echo or Echo Dot.

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