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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Matterport raises $30M for virtual reality real estate tours and more  —  For all of GamesBeat's E3 2015 coverage, click here.  —  Matterport has raised $30 million in growth funding from Qualcomm and Singapore's GIC to expand its virtual reality and augmented reality content creation platform.

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Amazon Unbundles Alexa Virtual Assistant From Echo With New Dev Tools  —  Amazon has provided a strong answer to a desire I expressed only yesterday for broader software and hardware support for Alexa, its virtual assistant, and Echo, the speaker hardware that is the first platform wherein Alexa can be found …

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Users who download Java will now be prompted to make Yahoo their default search engine  —  Yahoo Tries to Hook Search Users Via Java Updates  —  Yahoo may soon add users to its search engine without their even noticing.  —  At the company's annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday …

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: T-Mobile iPhone Users Seeing Frequent Random Restarts and Blue Screens  —  A growing number of T-Mobile iPhone users are complaining about seeing frequent restarts and “blue screens of death” on their devices, a problem that seems to have begun very recently.

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Reuters: French minister urges UberPOP ban as taxi protest blocks airports  —  French police in riot gear used tear gas as French taxi drivers stepped up protests against U.S. online ridesharing service UberPOP on Thursday, blocking road access to airports and train stations in Paris and other cities.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Same-Day Shopping App Curbside Picks Up $25 Million More  —  Palo Alto-based Curbside, a company offering a mobile app that allows shoppers to buy from local retailers like Target and Best Buy then pick up items at stores without exiting their car, is today announcing the close of $25 million in Series B funding.

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Jonathan Chew / Fortune: IAC says it's planning an IPO for The Match Group, whose portfolio includes Tinder, OKCupid, and Match.com  —  IAC says it's planning an IPO for Match.com  —  IAC/InterActiveCorp is planning an initial public offering for The Match Group, the dating conglomerate behind popular sites such as Match.com, OkCupid, and Tinder.

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Peter Elkind / Fortune: Inside the Sony Pictures hack: an investigation by Fortune, Part 1  —  Inside the Sony Pictures cyber-invasion  —  A cyber-invasion brought Sony Pictures to its knees and terrified corporate America.  The story of what really happened—and why Sony should have seen it coming.

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Tommy Caldwell / The Official Google Blog: Google launches first vertical Street View collection with Yosemite's El Capitan  —  Vertical Street View of the world's most iconic rock wall: Yosemite's El Capitan  —  Today we're launching our first-ever vertical Street View collection, giving you the opportunity to climb 3,000 feet …

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Aaron Harris / Aaron's Blog: As time to IPO increases, startups should rethink options packages to make them more valuable  —  We need to rethink employee compensation  —  I think that the way that employees are getting compensated at startups is starting to break.  The old model of relatively low salary and “high” …

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple Paying 0.2 Cents for Each Song Streamed Free During Apple Music Trial Period  —  Apple will pay record labels 0.2 cents for each song that customers stream for free during the three-month Apple Music free trial, reports The New York Times.  The rate is similar to what Spotify pays …

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James Risley / GeekWire: Amazon begins streaming original shows in HDR to Prime Instant Video subscribers on select Samsung TVs; more content and support for other devices coming soon  —  Amazon rolls out first-ever high dynamic range shows for Prime Instant Video  —  Amazon announced today that Prime Instant Video subscribers …

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Electronic Frontier Foundation: ICANN considering changes that would disallow proxy registration for domains used for commercial purposes, could put user privacy at risk  —  Changes to Domain Name Rules Place User Privacy in Jeopardy  —  TG Storytime is a free community website for transgender authors, operated by Joe Six-Pack …

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Joshua Goldman / CNET: Polaroid Cube+ adds Wi-Fi, 8-megapixel photos, and new iOS and Android apps to serve as viewfinder and controls; available in August for $150  —  Polaroid Cube+ brings Wi-Fi to its ultrasmall Full HD camera  —  With a new app for iOS and Android, you can use your mobile device as a viewfinder and control this 1.4-inch square camera.

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Russell Holly / Android Central: Your Qi charger will soon support 15W fast charging  —  Wireless charging is about to become just as capable as wired charging.  —  An update to the Qi charging spec has been announced by the Wireless Power Consortium, and it's all about more power and backwards compatibility.

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Wall Street Journal: Facebook Instant articles to begin appearing in feeds this week; New York Times expects to post 30 stories/day, NBC to post 30-40/day  —  Publishers Prepare to Ramp Up News Distribution on Facebook's Instant Articles in Coming Days … Publishers are ready to ramp up content distribution …

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Ryan Whitwam / Android Police: Medium's Android app out of closed beta, now available in Google Play store; company details road map for future releases  —  The Official Medium App Is Out Of Beta And Live In The Play Store For All  —  Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan.

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Alex Stamos / Facebook: Yahoo's Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos joins Facebook as chief security officer  —  I am very happy to announce that I will be joining Facebook as their Chief Security Officer next Monday.  —  The Internet has been an incredible force for connecting the world …

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Bloomberg Business: Dropbox hits 400M registered users, but company still struggles with sales strategy and lacks stability within executive ranks as rivals catch up  —  Dropbox Is Struggling and Competitors Are Catching Up  —  Dropbox CEO: We Have 400 Million Users and Growing  —  Dropbox made itself a household name by giving away cloud storage.

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Vidya Nagarajan / Official Google for Work Blog: Google releases new $1,999 Chromebox for meetings bundle targeted at larger conference rooms with support for up to 20 people  —  Chromebox, now bringing face-to-face meetings to bigger spaces  —  When we launched Chromebox for meetings last year, we wanted to help teams meet face to face …

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Vidya Nagarajan / Official Google for Work Blog: Chromebox, now bringing face-to-face meetings to bigger spaces  —  When we launched Chromebox for meetings last year, we wanted to help teams meet face to face, room to room, no matter where they're sitting.  Since then, a variety of companies like Xero and the Climate Corporation …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Spotify acquires analytics firm Seed Scientific that included Beats Music as a client, will exclusively get access to services  —  Spotify Buys Beats' Analytics Provider Seed Scientific  —  Spotify wants to own big data about bands.  Today it acquired analytics firm Seed Scientific to forge …

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Federico Viticci / MacStories: iOS 9's Safari View Controller lets developers replace custom in-app web views with a Safari-based browser that can access Safari's cookies and autofill  —  iOS 9 and Safari View Controller: The Future of Web Views  —  For a long time, iOS apps have been able to open links as web views.

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch: Bug bounty platform maker HackerOne raises $25M Series B led by NEA  —  HackerOne Bags $25M As Security Info Sharing Mainstreams  —  HackerOne, makers of a bug bounty platform where companies pay hackers to find vulnerabilities in their products, announced a $25 million Series B round today.

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Amir Efrati / The Information: Apple to block apps like Twitter from scanning users' iPhones and iPads to see which other apps are installed  —  Apple Moves to Block iPhone App-Scanning  —  In order to decide what ad to show to a person, Facebook and Twitter have sometimes drawn on data about other apps that are already installed on that person's phone.

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