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May 28, 2017, 10:15 PM

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Balaji S. Srinivasan:
How blockchain-based tokens will transform the financing of technology  —  Tokens are early today, but will transform technology tomorrow.  —  In 2014, we wrote that “Bitcoin is more than money, and more than a protocol.  It's a model and platform for true crowdfunding—open, distributed, and liquid all the way.”
Sam Byford / The Verge:
AlphaGo retires from competitive Go after defeating world number one 3-0  —  AlphaGo is going out on top.  After beating Ke Jie, the world's best player of the ancient Chinese board game Go, for the third time today at the Future of Go Summit in Wuzhen, Google's DeepMind unit announced …
Bloomberg:
Sources: DirecTV Now lost 3K customers in February while growth in March was roughly flat  —  New subscribers to web-TV service have slowed in early 2017  —  AT&T CEO: We've ‘pulled back’ on marketing after fast start  —  AT&T Inc.'s live online video service, DirecTV Now …
TechCrunch:
VCs invested over $300M last year in startups building apps, monitoring devices, and services to improve sleep  —  A lot of startups are pitching ways to put us to sleep lately.  In response, investors are perking up and writing big checks.  —  Call it Big Sleep.
Tweets: @louisgray, @raju, and @alex
Reuters:
Sources: Delivery Hero plans to announce by mid-June a Frankfurt IPO at a valuation of about $4.5B  —  Online food takeaway firm Delivery Hero is set to float before the summer break in a deal valuing one of Europe's biggest start-ups at up to 4 billion euros ($4.5 billion), people close to the matter said on Tuesday.
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Uber says that Travis Kalanick's mother has died in a boating accident; his father is in serious condition  —  Travis Kalanick's father Donald was seriously injured.  —  Bonnie Kalanick, the mother of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, has died in a boating accident, a company spokesperson said.
Karl Bode / Techdirt:
Chetan Sharma: after 17 straight years of QoQ growth, cellular data revenues dropped in Q1 2017  —  We've noted for some time how T-Mobile's crazy idea to be nice to consumers (well, if you exclude their attacks on the EFF and net neutrality) has been a great thing for American consumers.
Tweets: @whatthebit
Rachel Becker / The Verge:
As rumors about Apple's glucose tracker intensify, a look at scientific and technological challenges to non-invasive blood sugar monitoring  —  ‘Everybody thinks they have a way to do it, and everybody, so far, has failed’  —  Illustrations by James Bareham and Rosy Warren
Chris Johnston / The Guardian:
British Airways cancelled all flights from London Heathrow and Gatwick on Saturday due to a major IT failure  —  IT outage leaves travellers unable to check in online, with some passengers stranded on a plane on the tarmac at Heathrow  —  British Airways has cancelled all flights from Heathrow …

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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at Disrupt SF  —  Khosrowshahi joined Uber following the ousting of then-CEO Travis Kalanick.  It's been a year since he's taken the helm, and we'll talk about the challenges so far.

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