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Bloomberg Business: Airbnb Hires Blackstone's Tosi as CFO of Home-Sharing Network  —  Airbnb Inc. hired Blackstone Group LP's Laurence Tosi as chief financial officer of the home-sharing startup, filling a position left vacant since Andrew Swain departed last year.  —  “L.T.'s expertise in hospitality and finance …

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TechCrunch: Flipboard Confirms New $50M Funding Round From JP Morgan  —  Flipboard has confirmed to us that it has raised $50 million, two days after we first reported that the company had authorized the shares earlier this year.  JP Morgan was the sole investor, the company says.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Yahoo Quietly Acquired Germany's Media Group One For $23M In Q1  —  Yahoo's well-worn acquisition trail to bring tech and talent back into the Internet company has been one of the more notable hallmarks of life under CEO Marissa Mayer.  And while M&A appears to have slowed down significantly in 2015 …

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Maria Armental / Wall Street Journal: US Consumer electronics company Vizio files for IPO with plans to raise up to $172.5M  —  Television-Maker Vizio Files for IPO  —  Best known for its low-priced televisions, Vizio plans to raise up to $172.5 million  —  Vizio Inc., best known for its low-priced televisions …

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Ted Johnson / Variety: FCC OKs AT&T-DirecTV merger with conditions lasting 4 years: expand fiber internet to 12.5M new customers, submit interconnection agreements for review, more  —  FCC Approves AT&T-DirecTV Merger  —  AT&T and DirecTV's merger cleared its final federal regulatory hurdle on Friday, garnering the votes at the FCC for approval.

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Alan Levin / Bloomberg Business: Google, Amazon, Verizon, and at least 11 others will help NASA devise the first air-traffic control system to coordinate small, low-altitude drones  —  Google Wants to Be the Air Traffic Controller for Drones … Google Inc., the company that brought order to the Internet …

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Janko Roettgers / Variety: Verizon's mobile video service Go90 will launch late this summer, initially for free, with full TV show episodes from select networks on tap  —  Verizon Mobile Video Service Details Uncovered: To Be Called Go90 (Exclusive)  —  Verizon is getting ready to launch a new mobile video service called Go90 this summer, Variety has learned.

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Kevin Kingsbury / Wall Street Journal: With a market cap of over $247B and a 55% rise in stock price this year, Amazon is now worth more than Wal-Mart  —  Amazon Is Now Worth More Than Wal-Mart  —  While Amazon.com Inc.'s revenue has long been fast growing, easily outpacing brick-and-mortar giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the bottom line has never been close.

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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land: Unclaimed and inactive Google+ pages linked with Google My Business to be shut down July 28  —  Google To Shutter Orphaned Google+ Pages Next Week (July 28)  —  Google is going to “unverify” inactive Google+ local pages.  Business pages that have not been claimed or with unresponsive owners …

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: FCC has approved AT&T's $48.5B acquisition of DirecTV with conditions, making combined firm the largest US pay TV company with 26M subscribers  —  FCC approves AT&T-DirecTV merger  —  Combined firm will be the largest pay TV company in the US  —  The FCC has approved …

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Bloomberg Business: Square Said to File Confidentially for Initial Public Offering  —  Square Inc., the mobile-payments company founded and led by Jack Dorsey, the interim chief executive officer of Twitter Inc., filed confidentially for an initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said.

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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters: Facebook defeats shareholder suit that had alleged inadequate pre-IPO disclosures in 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals  —  Facebook defeats shareholder litigation over IPO  —  (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday said Facebook Inc officials including Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg cannot …

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Liz Hoffman / Wall Street Journal: Comcast discussing deals with several online publishers including Vice, BuzzFeed, and Business Insider, and has talked about increasing its 14% stake in Vox  —  Comcast in Talks With Multiple New-Media Firms  —  Cable giant negotiating with Vice, BuzzFeed, others, as it seeks access to young audiences

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Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal: YouTube CEO says big publishers opting out of YouTube's paid subscription service may be dropped from the ad-supported service  —  YouTube Chief Pushes Ahead with Subscriptions Despite Questions  —  YouTube wants to get paid in a new way, and Chief Susan Wojcicki is pushing ahead despite questions about the plan.

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Bloomberg Business: Sources: MCX's CurrentC mobile payment app to begin limited trial in stores next month as exclusivity deals to keep Apple Pay out of stores said to expire  —  Retailers' Answer to Apple Pay Is Said to Hit Stores in August … After almost three years in development, the retail industry's answer …

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Glenn Peoples / Billboard: Pandora Q2 sales grow 30% YoY to $285.6M, local ads up 67% to $58.9M, mobile now 80.4% of revenue, listener growth only 3.9% YoY  —  Pandora Revenue Grows 30 Percent, Listener Growth Slows  —  The online radio company's royalty burden improved to 45.6 percent of revenue in the second quarter.

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Chrysler recalls 1.4 million cars at risk of being remotely hijacked  —  Chrysler has announced a voluntary recall of 1.4 million vehicles just days after Wired reported a frightening vulnerability that allows hackers to remotely seize control of cars equipped with the auto maker's UConnect system.

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Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal: Dish objects to upcoming FCC order to deny $3.3B in discounts it sought in wireless spectrum auction earlier this year  —  Dish Responds to FCC's Move to Deny Spectrum Auction Discounts  —  Satellite provider told that matter won't get a hearing or referred to an enforcement bureau

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Brian Hall / Surface Blog: Unlocked Surface 3 LTE now on sale in the US at AT&T and Microsoft stores, arrives at T-Mobile July 31  —  Surface 3 (4G LTE) now available in the U.S.!  —  A few weeks ago we announced the availability of the mobile broadband-capable Surface 3 (4G LTE) for business customers in France …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Kamcord Update Brings Live Game Streaming To Mobile Devices  —  Kamcord, the YC-backed company that enables game recording on mobile, is the latest company to jump on the mobile live-streaming bandwagon after it added the feature to its Android and iOS apps.

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Ruth Reader / VentureBeat: Facebook, Microsoft, and Dropbox team up to make tech more accessible to people with disabilities  —  Facebook, Microsoft, Dropbox, and several other tech notables are coming together to make technology more accessible to people with disabilities.  —  Together these companies and educational partners …

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Lauren Weber / Wall Street Journal: Etsy reports 86% of its sellers are female, 30% use their creative businesses as their sole occupation  —  At Etsy, 86% of Sellers Are Female  —  Report from handmade-goods marketplace offers details on its sellers  —  Here are a few details about the person who made the brocade dog collar …

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Brian Fung / Washington Post: Comcast now has more broadband customers than it does TV subscribers, 22.5M vs 22.3M  —  Comcast has finally become an Internet-first company  —  Comcast may have begun as a television provider that later tacked on an Internet business, but now those positions have finally reversed …

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Wall Street Journal: Wal-Mart Takes Full Ownership of Chinese E-Commerce Venture Yihaodian  —  Buyout comes after co-founders unveiled plans to depart earlier this month  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it has taken full ownership of Yihaodian, its Chinese e-commerce venture, solidifying the online retailer as a central part of its strategy in the region.

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Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announces redesigned mobile app at Vidcon, says watch time is up 60%, mobile revenue grew 100%, partner revenue is up 50% YoY  —  YouTube Gets Mobile Redesign, New “Diamond” View Buttons & Courts Creators  —  Talk aimed at thousands of video content creators and producers gathered at the annual event.

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