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June 15, 2015, 7:10 AM

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John Ruwitch / Reuters:
Alibaba to launch Netflix-like video streaming service called TBO or Tmall Box Office in about two months in China  —  Alibaba to launch Netflix-like video streaming service in two months  —  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) will launch an online video streaming service in China in about two months …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
IBM to invest in Apache Spark for real-time data analysis, will have more than 3,500 developers working on related projects  —  IBM Invests to Help Open-Source Big Data Software — and Itself  —  The IBM “endorsement effect” has often shaped the computer industry over the years.
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
How Facebook's Open Compute Project became a major force in data center hardware, with hundreds of companies, including HP, Foxconn, and Goldman Sachs on board  —  How Facebook is eating the $140 billion hardware market  —  It started out as a controversial idea inside Facebook.
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Chinese hackers have found a way to identify Tor and VPN users in the country by exploiting a vulnerability in server software used by popular Chinese portals  —  Chinese Hackers Circumvent Popular Web Privacy Tools  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Chinese hackers have found a way around widely used privacy technology …
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Bloomberg Business:
Sources: China's top taxi hailing firm Didi Kuaidi raising $1.5B at a valuation of $15B  —  Chinese Uber Rival Will Raise Funds at $15 Billion Valuation  —  A taxi and other vehicles wait in traffic outside the China National Convention Center in Beijing, China.  Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg
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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Startups look to compete with incumbents like Uber by focusing on niches like car-pooling and mass transit  —  New Ride Services Forge Own Specialized Paths  —  When Trae Vassallo's children hop in the car to head to their after-school sports practice in the San Francisco Bay Area several times a week …
Alison Griswold / Slate:
Spotify Running pushes you to keep pace with your music but doesn't change tempo once it's set  —  Spotify Running: The new music-streaming feature is nifty but stifling  —  It's a cool summer evening, and I'm striding along the Hudson River in New York's West Village, testing whether Spotify and I can keep pace with each other.
Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:
Belgian privacy watchdog takes Facebook to court over “flagrant and massive” privacy law violations  —  After threats, Belgium's Commission for the Protection of Privacy is effectively taking Facebook to local court to argue that the American social networking giant isn't in compliance …
Ava Kofman / The Atlantic:
Augmented Reality may find more applications than Virtual Reality because of its real-world aspect, but must first surmount numerous technical challenges  —  Oculus Rift, Magic Leap, and the Future of Reality-Skewing Wearables  —  After coordinating scientific research …
Danielle Wiener-Bronner / Fusion:
Uber orders drivers to stay away from taxi protests in China, uses GPS to ensure they comply, threatens to cancel contracts if they don't  —  Uber is using GPS to punish drivers in China who get too close to protests  —  Uber is using their tracking devices to identify, and threaten …

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