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April 21, 2016, 2:35 PM

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Bill Gurley / Above the Crowd:
How “dirty” term sheets protecting valuations will imperil founders, employees, and investors alike  —  On the Road to Recap:  —  Why the Unicorn Financing Market Just Became Dangerous...For All Involved  —  In February of last year, Fortune magazine writers Erin Griffith …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
We read Bill Gurley's big warning about Silicon Valley's big money troubles so you don't have to  —  Last night, Benchmark VC Bill Gurley posted a 5,700-word piece sounding the alarm about the state of over-funded Silicon Valley companies and the investors who over-funded them.
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Jamie Condliffe / Gizmodo:
Opera Now Has a Totally Free and Unlimited Built-In VPN  —  Dodging firewalls and masking your IP address usually requires firing up separate—often paid-for—software or plug-ins while you're browsing.  Now, though, Opera has its own free VPN baked right into the desktop browser.
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Comcast announces Xfinity app will be available to subscribers directly through Roku devices and Samsung smart TVs, without requiring leasing of a set-top box  —  Comcast Fires Back at FCC by Making TV Service Available Without a Set-Top Box  —  Comcast's full TV lineup will be available on Roku, Samsung smart TVs for first time
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Live TV listings coming to search results as Google announces new ad platform for video  —  Following big Google Cloud announcements at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show earlier this week, the company is announcing a new ad platform to monetize and personalize video content …
Dan Graziano / CNET:
Acer announces range of new devices including Switch Alpha 12 liquid-cooled 2-in-1 notebook, new gaming PCs, durable Chromebook 14 for Work, and more  —  Acer debuts new gaming PCs with VR support and a powerful 2-in-1 laptop  —  The company also showed off a new smartphone and fitness devices set to arrive later this year.
MSDN Blogs:
Microsoft Translator for Android now translates text in photos, supports 43 languages offline  —  Microsoft Translator Adds Image Translation to Android  —  Today, we are announcing several new Microsoft Translator capabilities available for Android users, including instant translation of images.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Report: political infighting between Apple's iCloud and Siri teams is holding back development; Apple working on building its own internal cloud infrastructure  —  iCloud and Siri Teams at Odds as Apple Seeks to Move Cloud Services In-House  —  Apple's efforts to move its cloud infrastructure …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Verizon Q1: $32.2B revenue misses estimates, adds 640K postpaid wireless subscribers, $195M IoT revenue  —  Verizon Q1 on track, $195 million in IoT revenue, 640,000 postpaid wireless additions  —  Verizon's wireless business hummed along as it aims to grow via investments in new businesses such as AOL and Internet of things.
Steven Russolillo / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft stock surpasses 93% of the peak reached in December 1999, with cloud efforts as driver  —  How Microsoft Is Reclaiming Its Former Glory  —  As Microsoft's stock approaches its record, Thursday's earnings report could help the rally maintain its momentum
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George Slefo / Ad Age:
Google expands AMP to News; site navigation, sidebar menus, and self-updating pages coming soon  —  AMP Articles Get Prime Real Estate in Google News  —  New AMP Features Like Site Navigation, Sidebar Menus and Self-Updating Pages to Come  —  Publishers Tout Content Management Systems As ‘Secret Sauce’

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