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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Outlook's smart Clutter filter will be turned on by default for Office 365 customers in June  —  Microsoft today announced that the Outlook smart filter Clutter will be turned on by default for Office 365 this June.  More specifically, the switch will be flipped for tenants in the First Release program …

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Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge: Inside Google's secret anti-fraud team battling the bots that siphon billions of digital ad dollars  —  Inside Google's Secret War Against Ad Fraud  —  Cable News Wars Rage as New Players Join the Battle  —  In a conference room nine floors above London's St. Giles High Street …

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Facebook: Advocacy organizations from 31 countries say Facebook's Internet.org violates net neutrality, security, privacy, and threatens freedom of expression  —  Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg Regarding Internet.org, Net Neutrality, Privacy, and Security  —  We, the undersigned …

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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch: Pinterest Co-Founder Evan Sharp On International Ambitions, The Apple Watch, The SF Housing Crisis And More  —  As part of a larger story about Pinterest's Jumpstart program — a new experiment in its international expansion — I sat down with Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp to talk about the company and its current goals.

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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post: Apple, Google, and leading cryptologists urge President Obama in letter to reject backdoors in smartphones and other devices  —  Tech giants urge Obama to resist ‘backdoors’ into encrypted communications  —  Tech behemoths including Apple and Google and leading cryptologists …

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Washington Post: Tech industry the largest source of speaking fees for Hillary Clinton, with a total of $3.2M paid since 2014 by companies including eBay, Cisco, and Qualcomm  —  Hillary Clinton was paid millions by tech industry for speeches  —  In one of her last gigs on the paid lecture circuit …

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Ernesto / TorrentFreak: EZTV Shuts Down After Hostile Takeover  —  During the spring of 2005 several large TV-torrent sites were knocked offline, leaving a gaping void that was soon filled by a new torrent distribution group, EZTV.  —  For a decade EZTV has been one of the leading TV distribution groups.

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Katie Benner / Bloomberg View: Jawbone's recent $300M investment from BlackRock was debt, not equity  —  Jawbone Gets a Loan and a Leash  —  Jawbone, the San Francisco maker of wearable technology, recently got a hefty $300 million investment from BlackRock, the largest and one of the most trusted asset management companies in the world.

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Ellen Huet / Forbes: Uber experiments with charging some new drivers in San Francisco and San Diego a 30% commission, its highest yet, on their first 20 rides, up from 20%-25%  —  Uber Tests Taking Even More From Its Drivers With 30% Commission  —  Ride-hailing service Uber is testing, again …

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Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal: After nearly a decade of research, Apple shelved plans over a year ago for the TV set that Carl Icahn expects it to release in 2016  —  Behind Apple's Move to Shelve TV Plans  —  Apple had dropped its TV plans, but investor Carl Icahn sees the firm entering the market next year

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Janko Roettgers / Variety: Starbucks Teams Up With Spotify For In-Store Music, Loyalty Program  —  Starbucks is partnering with Spotify to bring the music service's playlists to all of its U.S. retail locations this fall, the two companies announced Monday afternoon.  —  All 150,000 U.S.-based Starbucks retail employees …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Twitter's New Search Results Interface Expands To All Web Users  —  Twitter is now rolling out a new search results interface to all logged-in users on the web, introducing a cleaner look-and-feel and more filtering options that let you sort results by top tweets, “live” tweets, accounts, photos, videos, news and more.

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Sam Rutherford / Tom's Guide: Review of Asus Zenfone 2 smartphone with 5.5" 1080p display, 13mpx camera and Intel Atom CPU, which launches Tuesday in US, starting at $199 unlocked  —  Asus Zenfone 2 Review: Very Fast, Very Affordable … Phones like the Oneplus One and Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 exposed a weakness …

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Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed: Obama uses someone else's iPhone to post first tweet from his own Twitter account @POTUS  —  Obama Used Someone Else's iPhone To Tweet His First Presidential Account Tweet  —  President Obama still carries his secure BlackBerry.  On the day of the first tweet from @POTUS, the White House won't say if that device is Twitter capable.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google Drops Cloud Computing Prices By Up To 30 Percent, Launches Preemptible Instances  —  Google today announced yet another round of price cuts for its cloud computing platform, as well as a new instance type that will allow businesses to save even more on some of their cloud computing tasks.

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Michael J. Casey / Wall Street Journal: Bitcoin startup 21, which has raised $116M, exits stealth, unveils plans to make mining chips for smartphones and other gadgets, adds Larry Summers to board  —  Bitcoin Startup 21 Unveils Product Plan: Embeddable Mining Chips  —  The world's best-funded bitcoin startup has revealed plans …

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Bloomberg Business: Uber Joins Baidu as Nokia's Maps Unit Draws Multiple Bidders  —  Uber Technologies Inc. is teaming up with Baidu Technologies Inc. and Apax Partners to pursue Nokia Oyj's maps business, people with knowledge of the matter said, as a bidding war for the unit intensifies.

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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter: Appeals court reverses its earlier decision, allows Google to keep “Innocence of Muslims” on YouTube  —  Controversial ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Ruling Reversed By Appeals Court  —  The 9th Circuit now rules against an actress who attempted to get YouTube to remove the film.

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John Ribeiro / PCWorld: FTC recommends conditions for sale of RadioShack customer data  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has weighed in on the contentious issue of the proposed sale of consumer data by bankrupt retailer RadioShack, recommending that a model be adopted based on a settlement the agency reached with a failed online toy retailer.

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Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal: Booze On-Demand Service Drizly Lands $13 Million to Expand  —  Getting booze delivered from your smartphone has never been easier.  —  A half-dozen startups have built apps allowing users in certain cities nationwide to order alcohol and get it delivered in as little as 20 minutes.

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Steve Dent / Engadget: Google researchers create amazing timelapses from public photos  —  There are uncountable digital photos in the public domain and scientists have now figured out something very cool to do with them.  Researchers from Google and the University of Washington have developed a fully automated …

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Tom Dotan / The Information: Facebook is in active talks with game developers about games for Messenger app platform  —  With Messenger Apps Sluggish, Facebook Eyeing Games  —  The first suite of apps that Facebook announced for Messenger were all for lightweight communication: sending people emojis, sound clips, gifs and the like.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Chinese Taxi App Yidao Yongche Hints At Deal With Uber  —  Uber appears to be on the cusp of a deal with a rival ride-sharing app in China that could boost its presence in the country.  —  Yidao Yongche, one of the companies that pioneered an Uber Black-like limousine service in China …

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Apple preps Apple TV SDK, “TVKit”, and Apple Watch updates like “Find my Watch” feature, irregular heart beat notifications, 3rd-party watch face complications  —  Apple readies first significant Apple Watch updates, ‘TVKit’ SDK for Apple TV

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Andrew Chung / Reuters: Appeals court reverses part of Apple's $930M win against Samsung, upholds patent infringements, not trade dress dilution, $382M in damages to be reconsidered  —  US appeals court reverses part of Apple's $930 mln verdict vs Samsung  —  A U.S. appeals court on Monday reversed part …

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