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August 1, 2016, 12:10 PM

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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Didi Chuxing acquires Uber China; Uber China investors get a 20% stake of the combined business, which sources say has a $35B valuation  —  Uber Technologies Inc. will merge its China business with Didi Chuxing, the dominant ride-hailing service in the country, according to people familiar with the matter.
Leslie Hook / Financial Times:
Source: Uber to invest $500M into its own global mapping project  —  Uber is preparing to pour $500m into an ambitious global mapping project as it seeks to wean itself off dependence on Google Maps and pave the way for driverless cars.  —  The San Francisco-based transportation company …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Alabama-based Shipt raises $20M Series A to challenge Instacart, Amazon, and Google in fresh food delivery, after becoming profitable in most of its markets  —  Nestled in a valley between the two tailing ends of the Appalachian foothills, the southern city of Birmingham …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
How LeEco differentiates itself from other Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi through its focus on entertainment media, drawing from its streaming video origins  —  Chinese tech firm LeEco made its biggest splash on American soil yet yesterday with the announcement that it's acquiring Vizio, the biggest US maker of TVs, for $2 billion.
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Brave Raises $4.5 Million to Fuel Growth of Ad-Blocking Browser  —  The company has raised $7 million in the last year  —  Brave Software announced Monday that it has raised $4.5 million to help grow its ad-blocking, privacy-centric web browser, which aims to nullify many of the ad targeting …
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Jeffrey Rodman / Backchannel:
Polycom's co-founder Jeffrey Rodman recounts the early days of his $2B company  —  Polycom's co-founder on the best investment he ever made, and why thinking small is a big idea … was March of 1991 and Polycom co-founder Brian Hinman and I were on yet another urgent trip to buy components.
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Fred Wilson / AVC:
Blockchain technology and crypto-tokens enable new business models for creating open protocols, financed by the tokens protocol creators retain at launch  —  Protocols are a geeky topic.  It's way more interesting to talk about applications.  People will go on and on about why they like gmail or some other email application.

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