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May 29, 2017, 12:40 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:
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: @raju, @alex, and @louisgray
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
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.

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Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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