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Nick Statt / The Verge: Google is partnering with 3D laser-scanning nonprofit CyArk to build VR representations of historical sites in an effort called the Open Heritage project  —  Google is partnering with 3D laser-scanning nonprofit CyArk to build VR representations of world wonders

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Theodore Schleifer / Recode: Sources: NYC-based VC firm Lerer Hippeau to take over Binary Capital's $175M second fund after assuming management of its debut fund last month  —  Binary is handing over its second fund to Lerer Hippeau.  —  Venture capital firm Lerer Hippeau has reached an agreement to take over another fund …

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Katie Roof / TechCrunch: Pluralsight, a Utah-based edtech startup, reports $166.8M in 2017 revenue, up from $131.8M in 2016, and a loss of $96.5M, up from $20.6M in 2016, in IPO filing  —  Pluralsight, the Utah-based education technology company, has revealed its IPO filing.  —  Given the timing of the unveiling …

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Dustin Volz / Reuters: Rob Joyce to return to the NSA after more than a year as White House cybersecurity coordinator; his departure follows that of his boss, Tom Bossert, last week  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House cyber security coordinator Rob Joyce will leave his post and return to the National Security Agency, a White House official said on Monday.

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Khari Johnson / VentureBeat: Adobe says it has acquired voice app startup Sayspring; Sayspring CEO says it will do away with paid plans and the platform will become invite-only  —  Adobe today announced it has acquired Sayspring, a platform for building and prototyping voice apps like Alexa skills or Google Assistant actions.

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Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch: Lyft says its drivers have earned $500M+ in tips since the company was founded in 2012; tip averages up 8% YoY in 2017 due to app encouraging higher tip amounts  —  Lyft drivers have earned more than $500 million in tips to date, Lyft announced today.  Since fleshing out tip functionality …

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Facebook: Following questions from Congress about Facebook's web tracking of users who aren't logged in, the company details what data it collects and how  —  Last week, Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of the US Congress.  He answered more than 500 questions and promised that we would get back on the 40 …

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Tom Krazit / GeekWire: Portland-based Sensu raises $10M Series A led by Battery Ventures to build out its cloud deployment monitoring product  —  Modern cloud deployments are a tough thing to keep a handle on, which is part of the reason why Portland's Sensu just raised $10 million in Series A funding to build out its monitoring product.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft announces the Azure Sphere stack for securing IoT devices, includes a Linux-based OS, custom silicon for microcontrollers, and matching cloud service  —  Microsoft is introducing new custom silicon, a Linux-based embedded OS and cloud service aimed at securing microcontroller-based devices.

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Alfred Ng / CNET: TaskRabbit informs users that it is investigating a cybersecurity incident and that it has temporarily taken down its app and website  —  The handyman-for-hire app sent an email to users today recommending they change their passwords if they used the same ones for different websites.

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Wall Street Journal: Supreme Court will hear arguments in case that could widen states' reach on online sales taxes to merchants selling goods on Amazon and other platforms  —  Smaller vendors on Amazon and other platforms could find their goods subject to levies  —  Billions of dollars of goods sold each year …

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch: PullRequest, which offers code review as a service, raises $8M Series A led by Google's Gradient Ventures, which also led its $2.3M seed round in December  —  PullRequest has been on a whirlwind lately, but it's the kind that any startup would likely welcome.

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Laharee Chatterjee / Reuters: Netflix reports revenue of $3.7B in Q1, up 40.4% YoY, and 7.41M global net adds, up 50% YoY, ahead of its 6.35M forecast, shares jump 6%+ in after hours trading  —  (Reuters) - Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) added more international subscribers than expected in the first quarter as a slate of original shows including …

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Paresh Dave / Reuters: Google to resume accepting ads from US addiction treatment centers in July, nearly a year after suspending the category following reports of deceptive ads  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google told Reuters Monday it would resume accepting ads from U.S. addiction treatment centers in July …

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Reinhardt Krause / Investor's Business Daily: Shares in US-based optical device manufacturers plunge following ban on US firms selling to ZTE, with Acacia down 34%+, Oclaro down 14%+, Lumentum down 9%+  —  Shares in optical device makers plunged Monday after the U.S. Commerce Department banned domestic firms from selling components …

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New York Times: China's Weibo backs down from censoring gay content following backlash from users, after saying it would ban it along with other content to comply with new law  —  BEIJING — With hashtags like #Iamgaynotapervert and images of hearts and rainbows, tens of thousands of Chinese residents took …

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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard: GrayKey, the tool law enforcement's been buying to unlock iPhones, appears to work by brute forcing passcodes, another reason to use a strong alphanumeric code  —  Now that police agents can allegedly crack iPhones protected with passcodes made of six numbers, it's time to use longer, harder to guess and crack alphanumeric passphrases.

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David Shepardson / Reuters: T-Mobile fined $40M by FCC for failing to fix rural calling problems and playing ringing sounds to mislead “hundreds of millions” into thinking calls connected  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - T-Mobile USA Inc (TMUS.O) agreed on Monday to pay $40 million to resolve a government investigation …

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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch: Mixcloud, an audio streaming platform for long-form content, raises $11.5M led by WndrCo in its first-ever round; ex-DreamWorks President Ann Daly joins board  —  Mixcloud, the London startup that offers an audio streaming platform designed for long-form content, has closed its first-ever funding round, TechCrunch has learned.

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Nic Fildes / Financial Times: UK's NCSC warns telecoms sector not to use network equipment or services from Chinese supplier ZTE as it would have a “long term negative effect” on UK security  —  The UK's cyber security watchdog has warned the UK telecoms sector not to use network equipment or services …

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CNBC: Sources: Amazon Business has shelved its plan to sell and distribute pharmaceutical products after considering it last year; CVS stock up 8%+  —  - Amazon has shelved plans to sell and distribute pharmaceutical products through Amazon Business, its marketplace for business customers.

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Mathieu Rosemain / Reuters: France says its building its own encrypted messenger service to fend off state-level espionage; President Macron's inner circle has been fond of Telegram  —  PARIS (Reuters) - The French government is building its own encrypted messenger service to ease fears that foreign entities could spy …

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Robert Draper / New York Times: Profile of Dan Scavino, The White House's social media director and the only man that Trump trusts with his Twitter account  —  Unraveling the mystery of the inscrutable White House social media director, whose job is to help @realDonaldTrump stay unpresidential.

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Reuters: Dept of Commerce blocks sales from US firms to ZTE for seven years, after alleged false statements to officials that followed guilty plea on sanctions violation  —  LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Commerce has banned American companies from selling components …

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BBC: FBI, DHS, and UK's National Cyber Security Centre issue joint alert warning of a Russian-led global campaign to attack and infiltrate internet infrastructure  —  State-sponsored Russian hackers are actively seeking to hijack essential internet hardware, US and UK intelligence agencies say.

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