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June 19, 2016, 5:05 PM

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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 …
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:
The “theft” of Ethereum from the DAO violated the DAO's intent, but not its smart contract, exposing tensions between blockchain idealism and real world systems  —  There's a fairly incredible trial going on in London right now.  The Libyan Investment Authority is suing Goldman Sachs …
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
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.
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.
Matt Graves:
The history of Napster from rebel file-sharing software in 1999 to a legal music service in 2016  —  Yesterday afternoon, the Rhapsody music service announced that it will retire the Rhapsody name, and re-brand its service (and the company) under the Napster brand.
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.
 

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