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August 11, 2017, 8:05 PM

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James Damore / Wall Street Journal:
James Damore blames Google's intense echo chamber, exacerbated by outside reactions, for his firing  —  James Damore says that his good-faith effort to discuss differences between men and women in tech couldn't be tolerated in the company's ‘ideological echo chamber.’
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
SoundCloud closes new funding round led by Raine Group and Temasek; former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor replaces Alex Ljung as CEO  —  SoundCloud has just closed the necessary funding round to keep the struggling music service afloat.  CEO Alex Ljung will step aside though remain chairman as former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor replaces him.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Shervin Pishevar and two other Uber investors demand that Benchmark, which sued Travis Kalanick for fraud, give up its Uber board seat and sell its Uber shares  —  A group of Uber investors has asked that venture capital firm Benchmark step down from the company's board of directors, Axios has learned.
Már Másson Maack / The Next Web:
European org urges Apple to support Advanced Mobile Location on iPhones, which gives more accurate locations of emergency calls and is supported on Android  —  Despite being relatively easy, Apple keeps ignoring requests to enable a feature called Advanced Mobile Location (AML) in iOS.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers show how malware encoded into physical strands of DNA can be used to infect computers running gene-sequencing software  —  WHEN BIOLOGISTS SYNTHESIZE DNA, they take pains not to create or spread a dangerous stretch of genetic code that could be used to create a toxin or, worse, an infectious disease.
Alex Heath / Business Insider:
Snap paid $213M in cash for Zenly and $135M for Placed, SEC filing shows  —  Snap Inc. has confirmed the price tags for its acquisitions of Zenly and Placed.  —  The Snapchat maker paid $213 million in cash for Zenly in May and $135 million for Placed in July, according to documents filed with the SEC on Friday.
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Sean O'Neill / Skift:
Vacation rental network RedAwning raises $40M Series A to expand to Europe and Asia  —  A look at the hot tub from a one-bathroom cabin in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, that is one of the properties provided by RedAwning via its vacation network.  RedAwning  —  Skift Take: Among …
 

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