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Bloomberg Business: Term sheet for Uber's convertible bond sale reveals the company saw 300% YoY growth and generated $470M in operating losses on $415M in revenue  —  Uber Bonds Term Sheet Reveals $470 Million in Operating Losses  —  Uber Technologies Inc. is telling prospective investors that it generates $470 million …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Onefinestay, A High-End Airbnb Rival, Confirms $40M Raise From Intel Capital, Hyatt And More  —  As Airbnb closes in on a major round of financing that will reportedly value it at $24 billion, smaller startups riffing on the same model of renting out private homes are also heating up.

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Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider: Forrester: US smartphone users spend more time in Facebook's mobile apps than Google's  —  There is one key reason why people are spending more time on Facebook's apps than Google's  —  Smartphone users in the United States are spending more time in Facebook's apps than Google's apps …

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Matt Brian / Engadget: UK's Barclaycard launches new wristband, key fob, and sticker for its bPay contactless payment service, confirms it won't support Apple Pay at launch  —  Barclaycard steps up its contactless game with three new NFC devices  —  If you didn't know, Britain now prefers cashless payments to notes and coins.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google Expands Its Educational Platform “Classroom” With A New API, Share Button For Websites  —  Google Classroom, the company's educational initiative that launched last year to allow teachers and students to communicate and collaborate with each other using Google tools and services …

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Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land: Microsoft exec says Bing is a multibillion dollar business that pays for itself  —  Search Beats Display: Microsoft Says Bing Is Sustainable & Standalone Multibillion Dollar Business  —  A rare reveal as Microsoft exit the display ads business highlights what a powerhouse Bing search apparently is.

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Martin Beck / Marketing Land: Facebook adds signals to News Feed video rankings, will now take into account actions like activating audio and watching videos full screen  —  Facebook Expands Beyond Like, Comment & Share In Ranking Video In News Feed  —  News Feed video rankings will start taking into account actions …

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Dan Crawley / VentureBeat: Amazon's Twitch had 21M unique viewers during E3, up from 12M in 2014  —  Twitch viewers watched nearly 12 million hours of E3 coverage (infographic)  —  E3 is over, and livestreaming site Twitch is claiming victory in the battle for viewers.  —  Amazon-owned Twitch today revealed …

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Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal: AOL to take over Microsoft ad sales for display, mobile, and video in US and 8 other markets; Bing to replace Google on AOL for search and search advertising  —  AOL Takes Over Majority of Microsoft's Ad Business, Swaps Google Search For Bing  —  AOL and Microsoft struck a new partnership …

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Dina Bass / Bloomberg Business: Source: Microsoft shutting down Web display ad business, handing operations to AOL, AppNexus, 1200 jobs affected  —  Microsoft Said to Exit Display Ad Business, Cut 1,200 Jobs  —  Microsoft Corp. is shutting down its Web display advertising business and handing operations over to AOL Inc …

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Mike Levine / ABC News: In the wake of hack, OPM shuts down the system for federal background checks for 4 to 6 weeks to fix security vulnerability  —  In Wake Of Hack, OPM Shutters System For Federal Background Checks … Three weeks after U.S. authorities determined foreign hackers may have stolen sensitive …

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann launches Byte in private beta for iPhone, allowing users to make and share collages of text, sound, photos, memes, emojis, and more  —  Byte is a wild new creative tool from the founder of Vine  —  Dom Hofmann grew up in an earlier era of software development …

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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch: Uber Acquires Part Of Bing's Mapping Assets, Will Absorb Around 100 Microsoft Employees  —  Uber will acquire assets from Microsoft Bing, including roughly 100 employees focused on the product's image collection activities.  In short, Uber is absorbing data-collection engineers from Microsoft to bolster its own mapping work.

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Se Young Lee / Reuters: Samsung says it sold 1M Z1 Tizen phones, will launch several more in 2015 according to source  —  Samsung Electronics plans more Tizen smartphones this year: source  —  Leading smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to launch more handsets running on its own Tizen operating system later …

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S.Somasegar / MSDN Blogs: Microsoft will release Visual Studio 2015, Team Foundation Server 2015 and .NET 4.6 on July 20  —  Save the Date: Visual Studio 2015 RTM on July 20th  —  Visual Studio 2015 is a big release.  We are opening up Visual Studio to developers targeting new platforms - from cross-platform mobile …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: PayPal Updates User Agreement Following Backlash Over Robocalls And FCC Complaints  —  PayPal today announced it's updating its User Agreement to clarify the language it uses to communicate to customers how the company is allowed to contact them.  The company had recently come under fire …

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Jad Mouawad / New York Times: Federal Railroad Administration partners with Google to include railroad crossings in Maps, asks other map makers to do the same  —  Agency Taps Mapping Technology to Curb Rail Crossing Accidents  —  After a sharp increase in the number of rail crossing accidents last year …

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Nandita Bose / Reuters: Amazon expands business loan program for small sellers to China, India, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain  —  Amazon to offer loans to sellers in China, 7 other countries  —  Amazon.com Inc will launch its business loan program for small sellers later this year in eight …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Craigslist, 3taps Settle Their Scraping/Antitrust Suits; 3taps To Pay $1M To Be Donated To The EFF  —  A week after Craiglist finally got its emancipation from eBay, some closure on another long-standing legal battle for the listings site: the local listings giant has now finally reached …

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New York Times: When a Company Goes Up for Sale, in Many Cases, So Does Your Personal Data  —  The privacy policy for Hulu, a video-streaming service with about nine million subscribers, opens with a declaration that the company “respects your privacy.”  —  That respect could lapse, however, if the company is ever sold or goes bankrupt.

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Foo Yun Chee / Reuters: European Commission gives Google until August 17 to respond to antitrust charges  —  Google given more time to reply to EU antitrust charges  —  Google (GOOGL.O) has been given six more weeks to reply to EU antitrust charges of abusing its market power in a dozen EU countries …

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Dante D'Orazio / The Verge: Supreme Court declines to hear Oracle v. Google case over software copyright  —  The Supreme Court has declined to hear Oracle v. Google, sending the long-running case back to a lower court where Google will have to argue that it made fair use of Oracle's copyrighted APIs.

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Bloomberg Business: Some Uber drivers in China place fake bookings to cash in on free rides intended to build brand awareness  —  One Driver Explains How He Is Helping to Rip Off Uber in China  —  The Uber app in Beijing.  Source: Imaginechina  —  James Li was unhappy with his pay as a security guard in Shanghai …

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The Local: Two Uber bosses ‘held by police’ in France  —  Two of the bosses of Uber France have been arrested by police and taken into questioning, reports claim on Monday.  READ  —  People cool off in the water of the Trocadero fountain in Paris.  Photo: AFP

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Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal: Supreme Court Denies Google Appeal on Oracle Suit  —  Oracle had alleged Google's Android OS infringed copyrights on its Java platform  —  WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Monday denied a Google Inc. appeal that sought to stop a billion-dollar Oracle Corp. lawsuit by seeking limits on software copyright protections.

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