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July 20, 2016, 11:10 AM

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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Unilever acquires Dollar Shave Club, sources say for $1B; DSC founder and CEO Michael Dubin to continue running the company  —  Unilever announced on Tuesday evening that it is getting into the razor business, by agreeing to acquire Dollar Shave Club.  —  No financial terms were disclosed …
David Pakman:
VC at Venrock on how Dollar Shave Club became successful and why he invested in it  —  Success has many fathers, but in this case, there is only one.  —  When I first met Michael in June of 2012, I had already seen the DSC launch video like everyone else.  I saw his site melt down and watched the video explode and actually go viral.
More: Fortune and VentureBeat
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Twitter permanently suspends Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos for repeated violation of rules regarding targeted abuse of users  —  After years of provocation, Twitter has permanently banned Milo Yiannopoulos from its service.  —  After years of provocation, Twitter has permanently banned Milo Yiannopoulos from its service.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Microsoft Q4: Azure revenue up 102% YoY with compute usage doubling, Intelligent Cloud revenue up 7% YoY, Surface revenue up 9% YoY; Office 365 subs top 23M  —  The company delivered strong cloud growth as its Office 365, Dynamics and Azure products and services chugged along.
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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Source: Niantic postponed Pokémon Go Japan launch after internal communication from McDonald's Japan, the game's sponsor, detailing the launch leaked  —  Game-maker Niantic has postponed today's scheduled launch of Pokémon Go in Japan following an email leak.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Ganesh T S / AnandTech:
Seagate unveils three 10TB, helium-based 7200 RPM hard drives for the consumer market, with prices starting at $460  —  Our recent interview with Seagate's CTO, Mark Re, gave us an idea about of the future of the hard drive market.  As late as Q1 2016, Seagate had considered helium-based drives suitable for high-end applications only.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Nintendo's market value more than doubles to $42.5B since Pokémon Go release, surpasses Sony market value of about $40B  —  For a game that isn't even technically a Nintendo property, Pokémon Go is having quite the healthy impact on the Japanese company's finances.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Twitter now lets anyone request a verified account  —  Twitter is opening the blue checkmark to everyone.  Starting today, the company will let users request a verified account on its website by filling out a form with a verified phone number and email address, a profile photo …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Snapchat confirms acquisition of Toronto startup Bitstrips, integrates Bitmojis into app to offer more personalized emoji  —  Snapchat bought Bitstrips, the startup behind Bitmoji, back in March.  The acquisition was worth a reported $100 million, but at the time, how the product would be integrated wasn't clear.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
How Facebook Messenger clawed its way to 1 billion monthly users  —  Facebook's gamble of forcing users to download Messenger has paid off.  Despite the backlash, Messenger has doubled its user count in twenty months to reach the one billion user mark five years after its debut.
More: VentureBeat and BetaKitThanks:@joshconstine

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