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June 13, 2017, 1:40 PM

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Bloomberg:
Tim Cook says Apple is focusing on autonomous systems, which he sees as “the mother of all AI projects” and can be used for developing self-driving cars  —  For the first time, CEO elaborates on Apple's car plans  —  The company's automotive program has experienced turmoil
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
As Travis Kalanick takes leave, the company will strip him of some duties and appoint an independent chair to limit his influence, according to Holder report  —  Travis Kalanick will hand off some duties to COO, chair  —  He plans to take a leave without disclosing return date
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:
Travis Kalanick says that he is taking leave from Uber for an undetermined time to deal with family tragedy, in email to employees  —  It will be for an undetermined amount of time.  —  Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will be taking some time away from the company to grieve his mother, according to a company-wide email he just sent out.
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Katie Benner / New York Times:
When an Uber employee sells stock back to the company under a repurchase program, Travis Kalanick gets voting rights to all of that employee's shares  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Travis Kalanick, the chief executive of Uber, already wields plenty of control over the company because it is structured to favor its founders.
Bloomberg:
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sources: Google hires Manu Gulati, who led Apple's chip development for almost eight years, as Lead SoC Architect  —  Google has hired a veteran chip architect away from Apple and is now looking to build its own chips for future versions of its flagship Pixel phone, Variety has learned from sources familiar with the hire.
Bloomberg:
Source: Russia's cyberattack on the US electoral system hit voter databases and software systems in a total of 39 states, twice as many as previously reported  —  Hackers said to take measure of voting systems, databases  —  A ‘red phone’ warning to the Kremlin from Obama White House
Bloomberg:
Verizon officially closes the $4.5B Yahoo deal; combined assets form a Verizon unit called Oath led by Tim Armstrong, and Marissa Mayer steps down  —  Combined assets form Verizon unit called Oath led by Armstrong  —  Yahoo is renamed Altaba with Thomas McInerney named CEO
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Microsoft Surface Laptop review: balances power and thinness well, has a beautiful touchscreen, but few apps on Windows 10 S, and Alcantara fabric requires care  —  Windows heir  —  Finally.  It's a word that's famously overused in tech, and it's understandable.

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