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July 3, 2016, 4:40 AM

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John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
Apple accuses Spotify of asking for “preferential treatment” after app rejection complaint, says Spotify is “publicly resorting to rumors and half-truths”  —  “We find it troubling that you ... are publicly resorting to rumors and half-truths about our service."
Mark Bergen / Recode:
SEC filing reveals tick-tock story behind how LinkedIn shopped itself to Salesforce, Google, and Microsoft, which prevailed thanks to its all-cash bid  —  How the $26 billion deal went down.  —  Most Securities and Exchange Commission filings are dry affairs.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google makes its expanded ad tracking opt-in, launches new ‘My Activity’ site  —  By default, ads shown on Google sites are tailored based on previous searches, watched YouTube videos, and more Google-related history.  Now, Google is rolling out (via Wired) a new opt-in setting that will apply …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researcher uses exploits to extract disk encryption keys from Android devices with Qualcomm chips; publicly-available attack code works on unpatched devices  —  Unlike Apple's iOS, Android is vulnerable to several key-extraction techniques.  —  Privacy advocates take note …
Jordan Golson / The Verge:
US NHTSA opens investigation into fatal accident involving Tesla's Autopilot mode; Tesla says it's the first fatality in 130M+ miles driven with Autopilot  —  A Tesla Model S with the Autopilot system activated was involved in a fatal crash, the first known fatality in a Tesla where Autopilot was active.
Mikhail Larionov / Messenger Platform News:
Facebook announces 11K bots on Messenger, updates Messenger Platform with star ratings, quick reply buttons, more content types, and other features for bots  —  Since the launch of the Messenger Platform in April of this year, over 11,000 bots have launched.
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Sources: larger HTC Nexus will have 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, 3450mAh battery, 12MP rear and 8MP front camera, quad-core Qualcomm CPU  —  You know about Google's smaller new Nexus phone, Sailfish, but what about Marlin?  Everyone's keen to know what the bigger …
Mark Bergen / Recode:
Profile of Mario Queiroz, VP of product management at Google, and the man behind Google Home  —  The man behind Google Home.  —  Six years ago, Mario Queiroz, a VP of product management at Google, stood onstage at the company's Mountain View headquarters holding the first hardware device bearing the company's name.
Jim Swift / bomble.com:
Senate tells staffers it will no longer issue Blackberry smartphones  —  This is the way the world ends.  Not with a clickity keyboard, but with a swipe.  —  Senate staffers will no longer be issued official Blackberry smartphones.  —  The reign of the Blackberry lasted a good decade …

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