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Leena Rao / TechCrunch: Beauty And E-Commerce Brand Julep Raises $30M To Disrupt The $160B Cosmetics Industry  —  Julep, a cosmetics and beauty brand and e-commerce platform, has raised $30 million in Series C financing; Azure Capital, Madrona Venture Group, Altimeter Capital, Andreessen Horowitz and Maveron all participated in the round.

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Jeremy Kirk / PC World: Akamai admits its OpenSSL patch was faulty, reissues keys  —  Akamai Technologies, whose network handles up to 30 percent of all Internet traffic, said Sunday a researcher found a fault in custom code that the company thought shielded most of its customers from the Heartbleed bug.

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Jessica Dolcourt / CNET: Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: An early look at how Cortana stacks up (hands-on)  —  Can Windows Phone's new voice-activated assistant stand up to Siri and Google Now?  We put an early version to the test.  —  The iPhone has Siri.  Android has Google Now.  And Windows Phone now has Cortana.

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Kaylene Hong / The Next Web: Facebook is reportedly prepping an e-money service, and is close to getting approval in Ireland  —  Facebook wants to be more than a social network — it is planning to facilitate financial services in the form of electronic money and remittances, the Financial Times reports (as spotted first by Benedict Evans).

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Richard Padilla / MacRumors: Alpine Planning to Release Aftermarket CarPlay Console This Fall  —  Car electronics manufacturer Alpine will begin selling a standalone aftermarket console that will support Apple's CarPlay vehicle integration feature, reports Japanese business newspaper Nikkei.

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Catherine Shu / TechCrunch: Sequoia-Backed Chinese Retailer Jumei Files For $400M U.S. IPO  —  Beijing-based online retailer Jumei plans to hold its initial public offering in the U.S. In its SEC filing over the weekend Jumei, which offers daily deals on fragrances and cosmetics, said it wants to raise up to $400 million …

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Alistair MacDonald / Wall Street Journal: Canadian Government Says Public Websites up and Running  —  Sites had Been Disabled To Reduce Federal Government's Vulnerability To Software Bug  —  The Canadian government said that all of its public websites were up and running again after some had been disabled to reduce their vulnerability …

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Nick Wingfield / New York Times: A profile of Benchmark investor Richard Barton  —  The Art of ‘Something From Nothing’  —  SEATTLE — Entrepreneurs are lucky to have one big score.  Richard Barton has had a string of them, by repeatedly asking the same simple question: What piece of marketplace information do people crave and don't have?

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica: Windows Phone 8.1 review: a magnificent smartphone platform  —  It's a 0.1 update that feels like a 2.0 update.  —  For the growing number of Windows Phone users, Windows Phone 8 was a frustrating release.  The major difference between Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8 was invisible to end users …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview now available to download  —  Windows Phone 8.1 now available to download  —  After 18 months since the last major Windows Phone update, Microsoft is finally releasing Windows Phone 8.1 to developers today.  The software maker detailed the update …

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Jim Finkle / Reuters: Blackberry plans Heartbleed patches as mobile threat scrutinized  —  (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said it plans to release security updates for messaging software for Android and iOS devices by Friday to address vulnerabilities in programs related to the “Heartbleed” security threat.

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New York Times: How and why startups like Lyft and Quora are increasingly taking big late-stage investments  —  Rich Start-Ups Go Back for Another Helping  —  Quora, a question-and-answer website, didn't need to raise money.  It had barely touched $60 million in venture capital that it accepted just two years ago.

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Ina Fried / Re/code: Early internal document reveals Android was initially designed without touchscreen support  —  Here's What Android Looked Like Before the iPhone  —  One of the more interesting documents that came to light during the Apple-Samsung document last week was an early internal Google document …

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Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom: Chrome Remote Desktop for Android beta being tested  —  Remotely accessing a computer isn't new and there are plenty of options to do so.  One of the newest is coming from Google however: The company has been working on an Android version of its Chrome Remote Desktop app for nearly a year and a full release is likely imminent.

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch: As phone designs homogenize, some manufacturers experiment with unused rear space  —  Phones Go Back To The Future  —  I'm no fan of LG's rear smartphone control keys — but turns out the company had its finger on the pulse of looming hardware disruption when it ushered in those backside smartphone controls last summer, with the G2.

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Hannah Kuchler / Financial Times: Data preserved by the Internet Archive transforms the study of history, raises privacy issues  —  How to preserve the web's past for the future  —  Staff working at the Internet Archive in San Francisco  —  When a group of investigative reporters was raided last month in Crimea by masked gunmen …

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Tracey Lien / Polygon: Amazon Game Studios attracts talent with smaller teams, influence over technology roadmap  —  How Amazon Game Studios convinced developers to join its team  —  STAY CONNECTED.  FOLLOW POLYGON NOW!

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Dell Chromebook 11 review: solid build quality and 10 hour battery life for under $300  —  Dell Chromebook 11 review  —  There's a new king in Chromebook town  —  Chromebooks are the simplest computers you can buy today, but they've proven a tricky formula for manufacturers to get right.

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David Carr / New York Times: Content creators are skeptical of Yahoo's plans to produce high-quality television  —  Yahoo Rolls the Dice on TV  —  Yahoo, a company that seems like a permanent adolescent in search of an identity, is about to try a new persona: high-quality television programmer.

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Don Melton: Former Safari chief Don Melton recounts his encounters with Steve Jobs at Apple and NeXT  —  Memories of Steve  —  A version of this article about Steve Jobs first appeared in The Loop Magazine on his birthday during February of this year.  Jim Dalrymple edited the original down in size …

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David Streitfeld / New York Times: Free of the desire to do the right thing, highest-paid CEO Larry Ellison does what he wants  —  Still No. 1, and Doing What He Wants  —  It is good to be the king.  It is even better to be Larry Ellison.  —  Most of us spend much of our lives thinking that we should do the right thing …

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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg: A look at Facebook's behind-the-scenes hardware operation, which helped draw Oculus  —  Facebook's Hardware Push Behind the Scenes Draws Oculus  —  Hidden away in Building 17 of Facebook Inc.'s headquarters is a 170-person team that's toiling away on products not usually associated with a social-networking company: hardware.

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Zoran Basich / Wall Street Journal: Andreessen warns companies of “abusive” renegotiation tactics by non-Silicon Valley PE firms  —  Andreessen: Beware Non-Silicon Valley Investors Bearing High Valuations  —  Marc Andreessen and his firm Andreessen Horowitz are advising their portfolio companies to be …

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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld: IRS misses XP deadline, pays Microsoft millions for patches  —  Tax collector has 58,000 PCs still running the aged XP; will spend $30M to upgrade to Windows 7  —  The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) acknowledged this week that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support …

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Steve Marquess / Speeds and Feeds: OpenSSL Software Foundation president: we need support for a team of 6+ full-time workers  —  Of Money, Responsibility, and Pride  —  Fate has made me the “money guy” for OpenSSL so I'm going to talk about that for a bit.  —  As has been well reported in the news of late …

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