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Paul Carsten / Reuters: Profile of Didi Chuxing CEO Cheng Wei, who started at a foot massage company and worked as a salesman at Alibaba before launching China's ride-hailing giant  —  Cheng Wei, 34, was once assistant to the head of a foot massage firm.  Last week, his company Didi Chuxing bagged Uber's China business …

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors: KGI: Apple planning three new iPads in 2017 including a 10.5" iPad Pro, and an iPad with flexible AMOLED in 2018 at the earliest  —  Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research report outlining his expectations for the future of Apple's iPad lineup, predicting three new iPads ranging …

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Ankit Ajmera / Reuters: Online used car dealer Carvana raises $160M Series C to grow its business and build more vending machines for cars  —  Online used-car startup Carvana, known for delivering vehicles through vending machines, said on Wednesday it closed a $160 million Series C funding round that brought the total raised to nearly half a billion dollars.

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The Intercept: New Zealand intel requested and received emails, Facebook chats of Fiji pro-democracy activists from NSA; first publicly confirmed PRISM target is a NZ citizen  —  Tony Fullman is a middle-aged former tax man and a pro-democracy activist.  But four years ago, a botched operation launched …

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Mike Isaac / New York Times: Sources: Twitter in talks with Apple to bring its app to Apple TV, hoping to fully capitalize on its live-streaming deals with NFL, MLB, NBA, Wimbledon, others  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Last March, Twitter and Facebook, along with other tech companies, faced off over which of them would get the rights …

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Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal: After initial rollouts prove costly, Google Fiber looks for alternatives to deliver connectivity: wireless, leasing fiber, and asking cities to build networks  —  After initial rollouts prove costly, Google Fiber rethinks how to deliver connections in metro areas  —  Google's high-speed-internet business is slowing down.

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Wall Street Journal: Uber's new option for riders to pay with cash in Johannesburg, South Africa and a few other markets fuels tensions with traditional taxi drivers  —  Uber drivers complain of increased intimidation by metered-taxi rivals  —  JOHANNESBURG—A new service by Uber Technologies Inc. that allows riders …

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Jena McGregor / Washington Post: As his fifth anniversary as Apple CEO approaches, Tim Cook reflects on his tenure and Apple's future: mistakes, progress made, AI and AR efforts, more  —  Apple's CEO talks iPhones, AI, privacy, civil rights, missteps, China, taxes, Steve Jobs — and steers right past the car rumors

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Bloomberg: The era of steeply discounted on-demand services in China is waning due to consolidation and a deepening investment drought  —  Ridiculously cheap everything-on-demand is great ... while it lasts  —  For the past year, Li Weiling has been living large on the cheap in Beijing, courtesy of deep-pocketed investors from around the world.

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Paul Mozur / New York Times: With China's Great Firewall and the unique internet ecosystem it created, Chinese tech companies struggle to succeed at home and abroad simultaneously  —  HONG KONG — For teenagers who like to sing along with Ariana Grande and Flo Rida, Musical.ly is a must-have.

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Nathaniel Popper / New York Times: World Economic Forum report envisions blockchains as the “beating heart” of global finance, estimates 80% of banks will start using the technology in 2017  —  A new report from the World Economic Forum predicts that the underlying technology introduced by the virtual currency Bitcoin …

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Ruth Reader / Fast Company: Crowdfunding app Tilt launches peer-to-peer payments to serve international markets neglected by Venmo  —  With $62 million in funding, Tilt may be poised to establish itself as the social payment app for a global audience.  —  James Beshara, CEO of the crowdfunding platform Tilt …

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Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal: Tech companies are increasingly hiring students from coding boot camps but doubt whether such academies can replace the four-year computer science degree  —  Employers are increasingly hiring graduates from nontraditional schools like Flatiron  —  NEW YORK—In a graffiti-splashed classroom …

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J.M. Porup / Ars Technica: Two-man startup Copperhead ships a hardened version of Android that fixes its security problems and currently works with Nexus devices  —  A multi-billion-dollar megacorp, Google, apparently needs help to secure its OS.  —  A startup on a shoestring budget is working to clean up the Android security mess …

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Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal: Media brands, including many Snapchat Discover partners, are testing Instagram Stories and report solid early traffic  —  Media brands, including many Snapchat Discover partners, are seeing solid early traffic  —  Media firms are flocking to the new Instagram Stories …

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Mark Bergen / Recode: Former co-workers of GV's new chief David Krane describe him as energetic and politically savvy  —  The company swapped the dreamer for the networker.  —  At the helm of its venture arm, Google swapped the dreamer for the networker.  —  Friday is the final day for Bill Maris at Google Ventures …

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Chris Velazco / Engadget: BlackBerry DTEK50 review: solidly built $299 Android smartphone with a super-secure foundation is appealing to business customers, tough sell to consumers  —  BlackBerry's first Android phone was a curious, ambitious machine, so it's funny that the company's second turned out to be so ... practical.

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Megan Geuss / Ars Technica: ATM and PIN-pad hacks demoed at Black Hat security conference show chip cards aren't impervious to fraud  —  The good news?  Hacks are limited for now.  The bad news?  Hackers will get better.  —  Security researchers are eager to poke holes in the chip-embedded credit and debit cards …

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Lucia Maffei / TechCrunch: You don't need a Google+ profile to post reviews on Play Store anymore  —  The Google Play Store will not require you to have a Google+ account to write reviews anymore.  —  In an email to TechCrunch, Google confirmed the news that “a G+ profile is no longer needed to post a review.”

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Amir Efrati / The Information: Sources: Lyft recently declined General Motors' acquisition offer, will raise another funding round instead  —  General Motors in recent weeks told Lyft it was interested in acquiring the company, according to a person briefed on the situation.  After soliciting other potential strategic acquirers …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Microsoft Flow, the company's IFTTT competitor, comes to Android  —  Microsoft Flow, the company's workflow management tool, has now arrived on Android.  The app, a competitor of sorts of IFTTT and Zapier, offers an interface where you can mash up two or more services in order to create workflows …

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Steve Dent / Engadget: Minecraft launches on the Oculus Rift next week  —  If you own an Oculus Rift and are eager to play Minecraft on it, we now know roughly when it's coming.  Mojang developer Tommaso Checchi tweeted that it'll arrive to the Windows 10 Beta edition (version 0.15.6) sometime next week.

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Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times: In-app payments for Pokémon Go crossed $268M within five weeks of launch, according to YouGov's survey of nearly 50K people from the UK, US, and Germany  —  Players of Pokémon Go have spent more than $250m on the addictive “augmented reality” mobile game in its first few weeks …

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Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal: Taiwan's Foxconn Completes Acquisition of Sharp  —  The iPhone assembler will begin restructuring efforts to turn around Japanese company  —  TOKYO—iPhone assembler Foxconn Technology Group completed its $3.8 billion deal to buy electronics maker Sharp Corp. on Friday …

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Dan Roundhill / Simplenote: Automattic announces Simplenote iOS, Android, and macOS apps are now open source under GPLv2 license  —  At Automattic, we have a saying: … In this spirit, we are announcing today that all of the official Simplenote client apps are now Open Source Software under the GPLv2 license.

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