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April 11, 2016, 2:45 PM

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Kashmir Hill / Fusion:
How IP geolocation service MaxMind mapping 600M IP addresses to the geographic center of the US led to trouble for one Kansas resident  —  How an internet mapping glitch turned a random Kansas farm into a digital hell  —  An hour's drive from Wichita, Kansas, in a little town called Potwin …
Wall Street Journal:
U.K.'s Daily Mail Explores Bid for Yahoo Backed by Private Equity  —  Potential bid could take one of two forms, sources say  —  The parent company of the Daily Mail, the British newspaper and global tabloid website, is in talks with several private-equity firms about a possible bid for Yahoo Inc. …
Mark Bergen / Re/code:
Google Fiber drops free internet option for new subscribers in Kansas City, now starts plans at $50 per month  —  Google Fiber is ending a free-Internet offer in its first city  —  When Google Fiber first arrived, it came with a compelling pitch: Pay a one-time construction fee, and you get Internet access for free after that.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Ticketmaster to begin selling tickets to select events directly on Facebook by end of April  —  Ticketmaster Will Sell Tickets Directly On Facebook In Coming Weeks  —  Another business places its functionality, and faith, in Facebook.  —  Ticketmaster will start selling event tickets directly …
More: The Verge and TIMEThanks:@kantrowitz
Reuters:
After Daimler confirmed talks with Amazon and Microsoft about investment in HERE, Bosch says it is considering buying a stake, too  —  Bosch considers stake in digital mapping company HERE  —  Auto supplier Bosch [ROBG.UL] said on Friday it was in talks with high-definition digital maps company HERE …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
With 60K home WiFi routers preordered, Luma raises $12.5M Series A from Accel, Amazon, others  —  Amazon Invests in Luma, a New Home WiFi System  —  It's been a year since we were introduced to Eero, a home Wifi solution that promised to improve coverage by using multiple access points.
Hannah Kuchler / Financial Times:
Pinterest rolls out Promoted Pins outside the US, first in the UK, where MAUs are up 50% YoY to 10M, then in other English-speaking markets later this year  —  Pinterest sharpens focus on expansion with promoted pins in UK  —  Pinterest has started selling Promoted Pins in the UK …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Strategy Analytics: 12.8M VR units will be sold in 2016 for $895M; 77% of revenue will go to Oculus, HTC, Sony; 87% of units will be smartphone-based VR devices  —  VR headsets to generate $895M in revenue in 2016  —  Market researcher Strategy Analytics said it expects global virtual …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
FBI says hacking group has accessed US government networks to steal data since at least 2011  —  FBI Says a Mysterious Hacking Group Has Had Access to US Govt Files for Years  —  The feds warned that “a group of malicious cyber actors,” whom security experts believe to be the government …
More: Threatpost and Federal TimesTweets: @pmarca
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Goldman Sachs leads a $30 million round for Persado's AI-based, automated copywriting service  —  Sometime today you're going to read a marketing message that was probably written by Persado's software — and if you haven't, Goldman Sachs has led a $30 million investment into the company to make sure you will soon.
George Dvorsky / Gizmodo:
Doctors used data collected by a Fitbit Charge HR to decide whether to reset a patient's heart rate with electrical cardioversion  —  This Dude's Fitness Tracker May Have Just Saved His Life  —  A 42-year-old man from New Jersey recently showed up in an emergency ward following a seizure.

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