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June 5, 2017, 12:45 AM

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Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Oculus founder Palmer Luckey working on a defense startup; sources: it's focused on bringing lidar to border surveillance, Thiel's Founders Fund plans to invest  —  Palmer Freeman Luckey was the kind of wunderkind Silicon Valley venerates.  When he was just 21, he made an overnight fortune selling …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
What to expect at WWDC 2017: next versions of Apple's OSes, spec bumps to MacBooks and MacBook Pros, updates to Siri, possible unveiling of Siri speaker, more  —  It's June again, so it's time for Apple to give the world a look at what it's been up to and what we should expect from the iPhone …
Terry Crowley / Hacker Noon:
How Microsoft's desire to build a bigger moat led to the over-engineered, poorly executed Windows Vista release and led to Microsoft's mobile irrelevance  —  I generally have posted about things that I have been directly involved with—either code I wrote or projects I managed.
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Apple should make new features like iMessage apps and 3D Touch more discoverable to aid mass adoption  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As Apple prepares to show off new features for the iPhone and other devices at its developer conference on Monday, the company is grappling with an uncomfortable issue …
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Ina Fried / Axios:
Exclusive: Apple Music executive Bozoma Saint John plans to leave the company  —  Bozoma Saint John, the Apple executive who garnered significant attention for her demo at last year's worldwide developer conference, plans to leave the company, Axios has learned.
Julie Jargon / Wall Street Journal:
How Panera increased ordering efficiency and growth with in-store touch screens, mobile ordering, and delivery  —  Panera is reaping the benefits of steps it took years ago to give customers more ways to order in an attempt to address long lines and slowing sales at the fast-casual chain …
Bérénice Magistretti / VentureBeat:
Lob, an online service for businesses sending snail mail to customers, raises $20M Series B from Y Combinator's Continuity Fund  —  The postage business may seem antiquated in the year 2017, but physical mail is still kicking.  In fact, it's a $1.4 trillion dollar industry, according to the USPS.
More: FinSMEs and TechCrunch
Catalin Cimpanu / BleepingComputer.com:
Check Point: 250M computers and 20% of corporate networks worldwide infected by Fireball adware from China's Rafotech; Fireball can push and execute any file  —  A Chinese digital marketing company named Rafotech is behind a wave of inter-connected adware families that found their way onto …
Wall Street Journal:
A look at market cap changes among biggest chipmakers: Nvidia and Broadcom surge, Intel and Qualcomm decline, and TSMC surpasses Intel with highest valuation  —  The rally in semiconductor stocks has been surprising for two reasons: It has been longer than expected, and it has changed the pecking order among the biggest chip makers.
Ryan Vlastelica / Wall Street Journal:
Profile of Margaux Avedisian, bitcoin investor and startup founder who also performs as stand-up comedian at cryptocurrency conventions  —  Margaux Avedisian gets hired to riff about the virtual currency at conventions  —  “Do we have any libertarians in the house?”

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