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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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Re/code: DraftKings Won't Raise $250 Million From Disney, but Will Still Get ESPN Ad Deal  —  Fantasy sports site DraftKings, which had discussed raising money from Disney, is going to get its funding somewhere else instead.  —  But the two companies will have a relationship anyway …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook Messenger no longer requires a Facebook account to sign up, just a first name, last name, and phone number in the US, Canada, Peru, Venezuela  —  Messenger No Longer Requires A Facebook Account  —  Facebook wants even the people who hate Facebook to use Messenger …

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code: VenueNext, which creates apps for stadiums, raises $9M from investors including Twitter Ventures  —  Twitter Invests in VenueNext, Which Builds Apps for Arenas and Stadiums  —  Hey, can you tweet me some nachos?  —  This may someday be a legitimate request for stadium-goers given Twitter's latest investment, VenueNext.

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Matt Galligan / Medium: Circa is shutting down indefinitely after failure to monetize and close funding deals; CEO Matt Galligan says firm is working on deal involving underlying tech  —  Farewell to Circa News  —  It's with great disappointment that we let you know that Circa News has been put on indefinite hiatus.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Slack hits 1.1M daily users, 900K third-party integration installs, and 300K paying customers as Twitter's April Underwood joins as head of platform  —  As Slack Hits 1M Daily Users And 900K Integration Installs, It Hires April Underwood As Head Of Platform

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Alex Konrad / Forbes: Envoy, an iPad-based visitor management product, used in the offices of Airbnb, Pandora, Box, GoPro, more, raises $15M led by a16z  —  Meet Envoy, The Startup Everyone From Airbnb To Yahoo Is Using To Check In Guests  —  Before you can tour the offices at a big tech company in San Francisco …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Microsoft launches Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for phones running Android 4.4 or higher  —  Microsoft releases Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android phones out of preview  —  Microsoft today launched Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android phones.  Previously in preview …

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Wall Street Journal: GoFundMe to be acquired by investor group led by Accel and Technology Crossover, at a valuation source says is around $600M  —  GoFundMe Founders to Reap a Fortune in Buyout  —  The two founders of crowdfunding site GoFundMe are relinquishing control and reaping a fortune by selling …

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Casey Newton / The Verge: You can now watch Periscope replays on the web  —  Since live streams began taking over Twitter feeds earlier this year, a common complaint has been that they end before you could watch them.  Periscope did enable replays within 24 hours after a stream ended, but only on its apps for Android and iOS.

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac: UK Apple Pay won't require PIN but £20 contactless transaction limit does apply ... for now  —  Apple Pay is going international starting with the United Kingdom next month.  The precise nature of how Apple Pay will work in the UK has been murky, with banks saying different things.

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Billboard: Apple Music signs thousands of independent labels after changing royalty structure during trial period  —  Apple Music Signs Beggars Group, Merlin: Sources  —  Beggars comprises the imprints 4AD, XL, Matador and Rough Trade and has had a hand in the careers of Adele, Radiohead and Arcade Fire …

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Rich Trenholm / CNET: Meizu MX4, the third Ubuntu phone, goes on invitation-only sale this week in Europe for €299  —  In a novel sales tactic, you need an invitation to buy the new Ubuntu phone  —  The Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition goes on sale this week in a lottery-style sale.

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: Task Manager Todoist Releases Completely Revamped Android App  —  Popular task manager Todoist just received a major Android update with a completely overhauled user interface and very efficient new features.  First, the company switched to Material design in order to make a more polished app …

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Raymond Wong / Mashable: 360fly is building affordable 360-degree cameras for VR, first-gen model will be available in August for $400  —  360Fly could do for VR what GoPro did for action cameras  —  “GoPro's done a good job,” 360fly's CEO Peter Adderton told Mashable.  “They own the [action camera] space.

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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine: Mobile data speed tests in 30 cities across US show Verizon Wireless has best speed and coverage  —  Fastest Mobile Networks 2015  —  We hit 30 U.S. cities to test mobile data speeds on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, and found the most competitive wireless landscape in six years.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Samsung is actively disabling Windows Update on at least some computers  —  Samsung is actively disabling Windows Update on at least some of the computers it sells.  Microsoft MVP Patrick Barker made the discovery and documented the details on his blog after trying to help a user troubleshoot issues with his Samsung machine.

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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch: Box to offer integration with IBM content management and security tools as part of a wide-ranging cloud partnership  —  Box And IBM Ink Wide-Ranging Cloud Partnership  —  IBM is going Levie.  —  This evening, Box and IBM announced a partnership that will see their technologies integrated, and their cloud products commingled.

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: Researchers develop palm-sized device, built for less than $300, that can steal laptop crypto keys using radio waves leaked by its processor  —  This Radio Bug Can Steal Laptop Crypto Keys, Fits Inside a Pita  —  The list of paranoia-inducing threats to your computer's security grows daily …

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Vlad Dudau / Neowin: Lenovo unveils the Ideacenter Stick 300: a $130 PC on a stick running Windows  —  Lenovo is introducing a brand new PC-on-a-stick device, called the Ideacenter Stick 300.  The new device is designed to be taken anywhere and can transform almost any display into a Windows computer.

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Nicole Hong / Wall Street Journal: Blackshades co-creator Alex Yucel sentenced to 57 months in prison for selling RAT software  —  Blackshades Leader Sentenced to Prison  —  Alex Yucel had pleaded guilty to computer-hacking charges  —  The leader of the Blackshades operation, which sold computer-hacking software to thousands …

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: Sense360 launches SDK enabling developers to capture and combine sensor data from smartphones  —  Sense360 Launches Out Of Stealth To Make Your Apps Smarter  —  Sense360, the company that received $2.75 million in seed without ever telling us publicly what it is that they do, has just come out of stealth with the launch of their SDK.

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Brian Fung / Washington Post: Time Warner Cable target of first net neutrality complaint as Commercial Network Services claims it charges unjust streaming video rates  —  Here's the first official net neutrality complaint to the FCC  —  Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post  —  Remember last week …

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William Alden / BuzzFeed: Sources: Palantir raising up to $500M at $20B valuation  —  Palantir Valued At $20 Billion In New Funding Round  —  The secretive data-processing company is raising up to $500 million in a previously undisclosed round of funding.  The round makes it the third most valuable startup in the United States.

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Rebecca Greenfield / Bloomberg Business: Google's Sidewalk Labs leads investors in acquisition of two firms behind LinkNYC initiative to bring Wi-Fi hubs to cities around the world  —  Google Startup Aims to Bring Fast, Free Wi-Fi to Cities  —  It's buying two of the companies that are blanketing New York City with superfast Internet

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