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June 18, 2017, 7:00 PM

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Tom Foster / Texas Monthly:
The story of Whole Foods, its founder John Mackey, and his battle with an activist hedge fund that led to the Amazon acquisition  —  Editor's Note: On June 16, 2017, Whole Foods agreed to sell itself to Amazon for $13.7 billion.  This is the exclusive story that led up to that momentous decision for the Austin-based grocery giant.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Instacart, with four years left in its Whole Foods contract, says “Amazon just declared war” on grocery stores, faces difficult opportunity after Amazon deal  —  Yesterday, Amazon and Whole Foods ruined a perfectly slow news day on a Friday in June with the announcement …
Brad Stone / Bloomberg:
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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
WikiLeaks documents show how CIA infected WiFi routers from 10 manufacturers including D-Link and Linksys to monitor and manipulate traffic, infect more devices  —  Latest Vault7 release exposes network-spying operation CIA kept secret since 2007.  —  Home routers from 10 manufacturers …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Qualcomm unveils reference design for smart speakers with support for Alexa and Google Assistant, also announces new chips for wireless audio products  —  The smart speaker trend started with Amazon's Echo, and now includes Google Home and Apple HomePod, but it could get a lot more crowded thanks to Qualcomm.
New York Times:
A look at Arianna Huffington's growing influence at Uber, where she has become one of Travis Kalanick's closest confidantes  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In April, Wan Ling Martello, the head of Nestlé in Asia, found herself seated across from Arianna Huffington, an Uber director and a founder …
Gordon Corera / BBC:
Sources: NSA and Britain's National Cyber Security Centre link WannaCry ransomware attack to North Korean hacking group Lazarus  —  British security officials believe that hackers in North Korea were behind the cyber-attack that crippled parts of the NHS and other organisations around the world last month, the BBC has learned.
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Huawei Matebook X review: good performance, comes with useful features like integrated fingerprint sensor and Dolby speakers, pricey and has a laggy trackpad  —  Good in many ways, but you're really paying for the Apple-like design.  —  Huawei has been slowly pushing its way into the PC market.
More: v3.co.uk, ZDNet, and Inquirer
Cam Simpson / Bloomberg:
US semiconductor industry phased out chemicals discovered to be reproductive toxins in the 1990s but failed to ensure that their Asian suppliers did the same  —  Twenty-five years ago, U.S. tech companies pledged to stop using chemicals that caused miscarriages and birth defects.
Kayla Matthews / Bitcoin Magazine:
A study of 100+ companies in 38 countries estimates 3M+ people are using cryptocurrencies  —  Bridging the gap between financial systems and computer whizzes, cryptocurrencies are poised to gain ground in today's markets.  These peer-to-peer systems utilize blockchain technology to conduct and verify transactions.

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