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July 4, 2016, 9:00 AM

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Mark Bergen / Recode:
SEC filing reveals a play-by-play account of how LinkedIn shopped itself to Salesforce, Google, and Microsoft, which prevailed thanks to its all-cash bid  —  How the $26 billion deal went down.  —  Most Securities and Exchange Commission filings are dry affairs.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researcher uses exploits to extract disk encryption keys from Android devices with Qualcomm chips; publicly-available attack code works on unpatched devices  —  Unlike Apple's iOS, Android is vulnerable to several key-extraction techniques.  —  Privacy advocates take note …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google makes its expanded ad tracking opt-in, launches new ‘My Activity’ site  —  By default, ads shown on Google sites are tailored based on previous searches, watched YouTube videos, and more Google-related history.  Now, Google is rolling out (via Wired) a new opt-in setting that will apply …
Bloomberg:
Four years after Amazon acquired Kiva, a handful of startups look to fill the void by equipping warehouses with robots  —  In 2012 Jeff Bezos scooped up warehouse automation firm Kiva.  Everyone else is still trying to catch up.  —  An Amazon warehouse is a flurry of activity.
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Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
How tech CEOs' Twitter accounts got hacked through pre-approved 3rd-party app access  —  It happened to Mark Zuckerberg.  It happened to Sundar Pichai.  It happened to Travis Kalanick.  And it could happen to you, too.  —  Want to know how secure your Twitter account is?  Here's an easy way to find out.
Bloomberg:
Amazon's urban “Biosphere” buildings on track to open in 2018 as the company heads toward controlling 15% of Seattle's office space  —  Walk down Seventh Avenue in downtown Seattle and you can't miss them: three gigantic spheres resembling melted-together Milk Duds rising …
John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
Apple accuses Spotify of asking for “preferential treatment” after app rejection complaint, says Spotify is “publicly resorting to rumors and half-truths”  —  “We find it troubling that you ... are publicly resorting to rumors and half-truths about our service."
Hannah Kuchler / Financial Times:
Pitchbook: VC investment in Europe dropped to $2.8B in Q2 2016 from $4.3B in Q2 2015; UK fell 5% to $994M  —  Venture capital investment in European start-ups dropped by over a third in the second quarter, contributing to anxiety about the continent's technology sector that is expected to be buffeted by Britain's exit from the EU.

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