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June 9, 2017, 2:10 PM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
SoftBank is buying robotics firms Boston Dynamics and Schaft from Alphabet  —  Here's a surprise turn of events: SoftBank — maker of the friendly Pepper robot and a major M&A player in the tech world — has just announced that it is acquiring two more robotics companies from Google owner Alphabet …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Packagd, founded by Eric Feng, raises $6M Series A round and launches its Unboxed app that offers curated, hosted shows of consumer tech being unboxed  —  If you're a child of the '80s or '90s, you probably remember QVC or the Home Shopping Network.  Before every retailer had a website …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Tim Cook, Satya Nadella, Jeff Bezos, Safra Catz, other tech execs, to visit White House June 19 for first meeting of The American Technology Council  —  Meeting at White House comes despite Paris climate discord  —  Trump-created council given goal of modernizing government
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Cortana will start suggesting better deals as you shop on Amazon, Walmart, eBay, other retailer sites using Edge browser  —  Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana will now be able to save you money when you're shopping online.  The company announced today that it will begin a pilot test …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft releases Windows 10 build for Insiders with improved stylus support, new UI for Action Center, Edge improvements, easy emoji access, more  —  Microsoft is releasing a new test version of Windows 10, build number 16215, today and there's a lot of changes on the way.
TechCrunch:
SixiusXM invests $480M in Pandora for a 16% stake; Pandora sells Ticketfly, which it acquired for $450M in October 2015, to Eventbrite for $200M  —  Jun 9, 2017, 6:04 amJun 9, 2017, 8:43 am  —  Troubled streaming music service Pandora has finally found a white knight of sorts to boost …
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, in a 2013 email, advised employees on when sex is permissible for a Miami company celebration  —  “Do not have sex with another employee UNLESS ...”  —  In what is arguably an unusual email for the very top executive to send to employees, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick advised …
Aamer Madhani / USA Today:
Study: Chicago's taxi revenues fell by nearly 40% over the last 3 years, with ~42% of the taxi fleet inactive in March as customers chose ride-sharing services  —  CHICAGO — Operators of the nation's second-biggest taxi fleet are now accelerating toward their long-rumored extinction …
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