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May 29, 2017, 10:00 AM

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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:
Asus launches 13.3-inch Zenbook Flip S convertible with 4K display and 11.5 hours of battery life starting at $1,099, and Zenbook Pro, Zenbook 3 Deluxe laptops  —  Asus just finished its Computex Taipei 2017 press conference, and in a surprising departure for the Taiwanese company, it was totally straightforward.
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 …
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
Demandbase raises $65M Series H to boost AI capabilities of its targeted B2B marketing cloud service  —  Businesses spend around $40 billion a year on digital content marketing, and Demandbase, which announced a $65 million financing round on Thursday, is looking to cut itself a slice of the pie.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Berlin-based Frontier Car Group, which builds and runs marketplaces for used cars in emerging markets, raises $22M  —  European founders, adept at launching startups which cross many international borders are fast ganging a reputation for launching in emerging markets.
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.
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Microsoft:
Making gaming accessible to all  —  Read the story behind the new Xbox Adaptive Controller, which will make gaming accessible to people with a broad range of disabilities.
eero:
CNET: eero Labs introduces a new innovation playground for networks.  —  eero is introducing eero Labs to give its customers a chance to try out new features on its mesh Wi-Fi system before they go mainstream.
IBM:
Multi-platinum music producer collaborates with AI and APIs  —  See how IBM partnered with Spotify to help Alex da Kid find the perfect match for his upcoming single.
Zoho:
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CB Insights:
How Google Plans To Use AI To Reinvent The $3 Trillion US Healthcare Industry  —  In this report we explore Google's many healthcare initiatives and areas of potential future expansion.

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