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June 20, 2016, 8:50 AM

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Robert Graham / Errata Security:
Background on the alternative cryptocurrency Ethereum, investment fund The DAO, and how they were exploited  —  The news in the Bitcoin world is the Ethereum/DAO hack.  I thought I'd write up a simplified explanation.  —  What is Bitcoin?  —  I'm sure you know, or have an idea what Bitcoin is …
Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Tony Romm / Politico:
Sources: Apple, like HP, won't provide support or cash to the Republican National Convention over concerns about Trump, in break with past elections  —  Apple has told Republican leaders it will not provide funding or other support for the party's 2016 presidential convention …
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Profile of Diane Greene, who is retooling all Google's cloud services to work for business customers and compete with AWS  —  The first thing to understand about Diane Greene, the woman Google acqui-hired in November to transform its fragmented cloud business, is that she has the mind of an engineer.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
IBM's Watson allows passengers to communicate with Olli, a self-driving minibus from Local Motors, using natural language  —  IBM today took the wraps off its first big foray into the world of self-driving cars, not as the driver of them, but as the brain behind making your self-driving journey a little more interesting.
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:
A look at Ola CEO and co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal's tactics in competing with Uber in India  —  Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder of the ride-hailing service Ola, is in a pitched battle with Uber Technologies Inc. for domination of India's streets.  But late last year, the streets of Chennai disappeared …
Maya Kosoff / Vanity Fair:
VC Aileen Lee, who coined the term “unicorn”, on diversity in tech, the startup downturn, and how the current wave of unicorns is peaking  —  Venture capitalist Aileen Lee discusses the role of women in technology, the start-up downturn, and whether we have (please, God) hit peak unicorn.
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:
After success of Hack the Pentagon pilot, Department of Defense is expanding the program to include more DoD systems and networks  —  Wanna hack the military?  The Department of Defense is starting to give hackers more opportunities to test its systems without the threat of prosecution.
Telis Demos / Wall Street Journal:
Plaid, which provides other fintech firms access to their users' banking data, raises $44M led by Goldman Sachs Investment Partners  —  The company's software allows a variety of financial-technology startups to access their customers' bank-account information

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Microsoft:
A new app aims to shatter the stigma surrounding mental health  —  iRel8 connects users anonymously to others experiencing anxiety, addiction, depression and dozens of other conditions.
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Adyen:
Get a glimpse into the future of retail technology  —  The retail world always takes leaps, but as 2018 approaches, Adyen data and market research gives some early clues as to where it might land.
Zoho:
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