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June 28, 2016, 9:15 AM

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Joshua Sabatini / The San Francisco Examiner:
Airbnb files lawsuit against city of San Francisco saying recent ordinance breaks federal law  —  Airbnb sued San Francisco on Monday over a new regulation requiring short-term rental companies to list on their websites only legal housing listings.  —  The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Lyft hires M&A banker Qatalyst Partners, possibly seeking a sale or new funding  —  Lyft was last valued at $5.5 billion by investors including GM  —  Ride-hailing startup Lyft Inc. has hired Qatalyst Partners LP, the boutique investment bank best known for helping tech companies find a buyer …
Mark Harris / Guardian:
Documents reveal Google's Sidewalk Labs is working on technologies to fix public transit in US  —  Exclusive: Documents reveal Sidewalk Labs is offering cloud software Flow to Columbus, Ohio, to upgrade bus and parking services - and bring them under Google's management
Matt Day / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft reaches $10K settlement with a small business over an unplanned Windows 10 update  —  With about a month left for many PC users to upgrade to Windows 10 at no charge, Microsoft is being criticized for its aggressive — some say too aggressive — campaign to get people to install the new operating system.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Microsoft is ending Xbox Fitness, citing content costs, with full shutdown on June 30, 2017  —  Xbox One owners are going to have to find another tool for working out in front of the TV: today Microsoft announced plans to shut down its Xbox Fitness service.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Google launches Cast for Education to let students cast their screens to the classroom projector, debuts quizzes feature for Forms, and opens up VR Expeditions  —  It's no secret that Google's Chromebooks have seen the most success in the classroom, and have quickly become the de facto education computer …
Adam Jourdan / Reuters:
New Chinese rules for mobile app developers require user verification with real-name registration and preservation of user activity logs for 60 days  —  China has tightened rules for mobile app developers including requiring real-name registration and preserving users' activity logs …
More: Inquirer
Stephen Gandel / Fortune:
Behind Citigroup's response to startup competition, Citi FinTech, a 40-person skunkworks team  —  The mega-bank needs to counter a new wave of financial technology startups.  —  What he needed was a SWAT team.  The week after being put in charge of Citigroup's c consumer banking business last year …
More: PYMNTS.com and CNET
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches human-curated Featured Events, currently for iOS users, in 10 US cities  —  Approximately 550 million people use Facebook Events each month, with 60 percent of connections to events happening serendipitously in the News Feed.  But Facebook is giving hardcore extroverts seeking …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Twitch debuts Cheering beta feature, so you can tip streamers with animated “emotes”  —  Twitch has launched a new way of cheering players that could turn into an important new form of monetization.  Dubbed “Cheering,” the new form of celebration allows spectators to show support for broadcasters with animated emotes.
 

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