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April 2, 2016, 5:35 PM

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Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
As Apple turns 40, a look at the notes Regis McKenna took as he formulated an advertising and PR plan for Apple II  —  Regis McKenna's 1976 Notebook And The Invention Of Apple Computer, Inc.  —  On Apple's 40th birthday, an exclusive look at the notes its original media strategist took as he formulated an advertising and PR plan.
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:
Slack raised $200M round at a valuation of $3.8B, now has 2.7M daily active users, of which 800K are paid  —  Slack just raised another $200 million round, and it's now worth $3.8 billion  —  Slack just confirmed that it's raised $200 million at a $3.8 billion valuation, confirming what Business Insider had previously reported.
Paul James / Road to VR:
Oculus Refund Shipping Costs as Rift Shipments Delayed Due to “Component Shortages”  —  It seems that Oculus are acknowledging the troublesome Rift launch and associated delivery delays by covering shipping costs for affected customers.  According to emails sent out by Oculus to customers still waiting …
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
Wim Coekaerts, who headed Linux efforts at Oracle as SVP, moves to Microsoft as Corporate Vice President of Open Source  —  Head of Oracle Linux moves to Microsoft  —  The man who turned Oracle into a Linux power, Wim Coekaerts, has moved to Microsoft.  —  LAKE TAHOE, Calif. …
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
Investment robo-advisor Betterment raises $100M Series E led by Sweden's Kinnevik at $700M valuation  —  “Robo-advisor” Betterment raises $100 million  —  Betterment, a digital investment startup based in New York, has raised $100 million in a Series E round venture funding led by Kinnevik, a Swedish investment firm.
Maureen Farrell / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Dell's SecureWorks seeking to launch IPO this month, begin roadshow the week of April 11  —  Dell's SecureWorks Aims to Launch IPO in April  —  Offering would mark the first tech company this year to debut in the U.S.  —  A cybersecurity firm owned by Dell Inc. is seeking to end the technology IPO drought.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Google reverses Gmail April 1 prank after users mistakenly put GIFs into important emails  —  Google has reversed one of its April Fools' Day pranks after it caused a number Gmail users to unwittingly insert GIFs into business emails and other important communications.

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