July 4, 2016, 9:00 AM

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Mark Bergen / Recode:
SEC filing reveals a play-by-play account of 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.
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 …
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 …
Four years after Amazon acquired Kiva, a handful of startups look to fill the void by equipping warehouses with robots  —  In 2012 Jeff Bezos scooped up warehouse automation firm Kiva.  Everyone else is still trying to catch up.  —  An Amazon warehouse is a flurry of activity.
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Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
How tech CEOs' Twitter accounts got hacked through pre-approved 3rd-party app access  —  It happened to Mark Zuckerberg.  It happened to Sundar Pichai.  It happened to Travis Kalanick.  And it could happen to you, too.  —  Want to know how secure your Twitter account is?  Here's an easy way to find out.
Amazon's urban “Biosphere” buildings on track to open in 2018 as the company heads toward controlling 15% of Seattle's office space  —  Walk down Seventh Avenue in downtown Seattle and you can't miss them: three gigantic spheres resembling melted-together Milk Duds rising …
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."
Hannah Kuchler / Financial Times:
Pitchbook: VC investment in Europe dropped to $2.8B in Q2 2016 from $4.3B in Q2 2015; UK fell 5% to $994M  —  Venture capital investment in European start-ups dropped by over a third in the second quarter, contributing to anxiety about the continent's technology sector that is expected to be buffeted by Britain's exit from the EU.

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