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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat: Snapchat is launching Real Life, a post-per-day digital publication about living with technology, on June 27, with Nathan Jurgenson as editor in chief  —  Snapchat doesn't just care about video.  —  The company is behind a new online magazine called Real Life, which will publish roughly …

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Molly McHugh / The Ringer: Snapchat acknowledges it may have copied artists' works for its filters  —  Monday morning, Argenis Pinal did what many of us do: He grabbed his phone, swiped to Snapchat, opened the app, and started flipping through the filters.  Puppy, princess, face morph, and ... oh.  The Joker.  His Joker.

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: How Marissa Mayer's spending at Yahoo to spur growth, in defiance of deals with activist investors to cut costs, led to auction of core assets, board shakeup  —  Embattled CEO failed to produce pledged savings, plunged deeper into turnaround; more room in the parking lot

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: Ammon, Idaho piloting open access fiber network project the lets residents sign up for an ISP - or switch ISPs - almost instantly, via city-operated website  —  Ammon's open access fiber network will let customers change ISPs in minutes.  —  Most cities and towns that build …

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Nathaniel Popper / New York Times: Hacker moved $50M+ worth of Ethereum from The DAO project into an alternative wallet; the funds are frozen and owners should be able to recover stolen funds  —  A hacker appears to have moved digital money worth more than $50 million from an experimental virtual currency project that recently raised …

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Leslie Hook / Financial Times: Uber says it has reached profitability in all of its developed markets, claims China accounts for one third of its daily trips  —  Uber says it has now reached profitability in all its developed markets, underscoring the business case for the new ride-hailing models that are disrupting the transportation industry.

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Leena Rao / Fortune: Nonprofit Crisis Text Line counseling service receives $23.8M in grants, led by Reid Hoffman with Steve Ballmer, Pierre Omidyar, others participating  —  Crisis Text Line, a free, around the clock text-messaging support line for people in crisis, is getting a massive new round of grants …

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Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal: Apple ordered to stop iPhone 6/6s sales in Beijing city, as regulator finds it violated design patent of Chinese firm  —  Intellectual property regulator rules the design is too similar to a Chinese phone  —  BEIJING—Beijing's intellectual property regulator has ordered Apple Inc …

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Connie Loizos / TechCrunch: Marc Andreessen forecasts a surge in M&A in tech in 2016 and 2017, is seeing more M&A in the pipeline than in last four years  —  Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen spoke at the Bloomberg Technology conference this afternoon, and he said he expects far more M&A than the tech industry has seen in recent years.

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Katherine Noyes / PCWorld: Google opens dedicated machine learning research center in Zurich to focus on machine intelligence, natural language processing, and machine perception  —  It will focus primarily on machine learning  —  Google has made no secret of its AI ambitions, and on Thursday it announced the next step …

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Joshua Ho / AnandTech: Asus announces ZenPad Z8 7.9-inch tablet for $250, with Snapdragon 650 SoC, exclusive to Verizon, available for pre-order now, shipping June 23  —  As a part of Asus' continued commitment to the tablet market today Asus is launching a new tablet for Verizon, called the ZenPad Z8.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Mozilla announces experimental “containers” feature that lets Firefox users log in to sites using different identities within the same browser  —  Mozilla's Firefox browser is getting a new experimental feature today that aims to help you segregate your online identities and allow …

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Khadeeja Safdar / Wall Street Journal: Birchbox suspends plans for stores, as sources say it failed to raise funds or find a buyer  —  Beauty-box provider suspends plans for stores; talks with potential suitor failed to result in a deal  —  The startup that set the subscription-box craze in motion has scaled back plans …

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Steven Zeitchik / Los Angeles Times: VR startup Vrse changes names to Within and announces $12.56M funding round, led by Andreessen Horowitz and including Fox, WME, and Vice  —  A shot from Chris Milk's ‘Evolution of Verse’ (Within)  —  For virtual-reality entertainment, the money keeps coming.

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Bloomberg: Sources: LinkedIn had received a bid from Salesforce before it reached out to Microsoft  —  Microsoft agreed to buy networking website for $26.2 billion  —  Salesforce competes with Microsoft in corporate cloud software  —  Salesforce.com Inc. was a rival potential bidder for LinkedIn Corp …

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Jay Greene / Wall Street Journal: Oracle posts revenue of $10.59B, beating estimates, with total cloud revenue up 49% YoY to $859M while profit rose to $2.81B  —  Rising cloud operations offset continuing declines in conventional software business  —  Oracle Corp. earnings rose 2% in the fourth quarter as growth …

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George Slefo / Ad Age: Twitter will now let advertisers target users based on the emoji they have tweeted  —  It's Exactly What You Think It Is  —  Advertisers will either cry with laughter or happiness following Twitter's announcement of emoji based-targeting.  —  The company's move is in time for next month's World Emoji …

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Matt Weinberger / Business Insider: Cloud infrastructure monitoring startup LogicMonitor raises $130M from Providence Strategic Growth  —  LogicMonitor, a Santa Barbara-based startup, is taking a whopping $130 million investment from Providence Strategic Growth, an affiliate of Providence Equity Partners.

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Russell Brandom / The Verge: Arizona-based Space Data Corporation sues Google alleging Project Loon infringes on two of its patents and uses trade secrets shared under NDA in 2007  —  When Google first announced its plan for a balloon-based Wi-Fi system called Project Loon, it was unlike anything most of the world had ever heard.

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Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative makes its first investment, leading $24M Series B round in Andela, a company that trains software developers in Africa  —  Chan Zuckerberg Initiative makes its first investment in company that trains developers in Africa  —  Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg's …

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Peter Rubin / Wired: Lucasfilm's ILMxLAB and Magic Leap partner to produce mixed-reality Star Wars content  —  You're used to C-3PO being diplomatic and prissy, wringing his droid hands over any and every little setback.  You're used to him sticking close to R2-D2.  What you're probably not used to, though …

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Chris Davies / SlashGear: Apple confirms iPad can be used as a hub for HomeKit  —  Apple's update for HomeKit may make the Apple TV even more important, with its addition of remote access to control things from afar, but it turns out you don't actually need the set-top box.  In an ideal setup - and certainly …

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Davey Alba / Wired: Facebook Messenger's home tab on mobile now organizes the app into recent messages, favorites, active users, messages awaiting a response, and birthdays  —  Facebook wants to make Messenger the app to anchor a post-app Internet that lets you do everything within a chat.  Need an Uber?

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Charlie Osborne / ZDNet: Pro-ISIS hacker pleads guilty after stealing names of over 1,000 US military personnel  —  The 20-year-old has admitted pilfering the data before sending it along to ISIS members.  —  An ISIS supporter has admitted to stealing identifiable information of roughly 1,300 members of the US military …

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Harry McCracken / Fast Company: Microsoft Boosts Its Chatbot Future By Acquiring Wand Labs  —  The startup, which ties together an array of services through a conversational interface, will help build out Satya Nadella's vision.  —  On Monday, Microsoft made headlines by plunking down $26 billion for LinkedIn.

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