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June 5, 2017, 12:05 PM

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Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Oculus founder Palmer Luckey working on a defense startup; sources: it's focused on bringing lidar to border surveillance, Thiel's Founders Fund plans to invest  —  Palmer Freeman Luckey was the kind of wunderkind Silicon Valley venerates.  When he was just 21, he made an overnight fortune selling …
Sebastian Anthony / Ars Technica UK:
IBM unveils world's first 5nm chip, claims 40% performance boost at the same power compared to today's 10nm chips  —  Built with a new type of gate-all-around transistor, plus extreme ultraviolet lithography.  —  IBM, working with Samsung and GlobalFoundries, has unveiled the world's first 5nm silicon chip.
Klint Finley / Wired:
GitHub survey of 5,500 open source users and developers finds only 3% identify as female  —  Today's world runs on open source software.  The web, smartphones, the Amazon Echo, your car—everything high-tech depends on open source these days.  Where free, collaborative software projects …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft leak reveals Windows 10 Pro for Advanced PCs, a workstation edition supporting the new ReFS file system, large data transfers, and expanded hardware  —  It's been more than 20 years since Microsoft used the Workstation branding in its Windows 4.0 Workstation edition, but it appears the company is ready to bring it back.
Meng Jing / South China Morning Post:
Chinese online tutor service Yuanfudao raises $120M at $1B+ valuation from Warburg Pincus and Tencent  —  Online tutor Yuanfudao's latest round of financing from Tencent and other investors, has boosted its valuation to US$1 billion  —  Tencent Holdings has joined hands with other investors …
Terry Crowley / Hacker Noon:
How Microsoft's desire to build a bigger moat led to the over-engineered, poorly executed Windows Vista release and led to Microsoft's mobile irrelevance  —  I generally have posted about things that I have been directly involved with—either code I wrote or projects I managed.
Bloomberg:
Riot Games announces franchising of North American League of Legends Championship Series, with $10M buy-in per team  —  Price of a League of Legends team is up tenfold in 18 months  —  New ten-team structure designed to create financial stability  —  Over the last several years …
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Apple should make new features like iMessage apps and 3D Touch more discoverable to aid mass adoption  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As Apple prepares to show off new features for the iPhone and other devices at its developer conference on Monday, the company is grappling with an uncomfortable issue …
Bérénice Magistretti / VentureBeat:
Lob, an online service for businesses sending snail mail to customers, raises $20M Series B from Y Combinator's Continuity Fund  —  The postage business may seem antiquated in the year 2017, but physical mail is still kicking.  In fact, it's a $1.4 trillion dollar industry, according to the USPS.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Q&A with Android execs about Project Treble, which will make future OS upgrades easier by separating OEM implementations from higher level software updates  —  Q&A: We talk details with Android execs Dave Burke and Stephanie Saad Cuthbertson.  —  Google I/O doesn't need skydivers …
Wall Street Journal:
A look at market cap changes among biggest chipmakers: Nvidia and Broadcom surge, Intel and Qualcomm decline, and TSMC surpasses Intel with highest valuation  —  The rally in semiconductor stocks has been surprising for two reasons: It has been longer than expected, and it has changed the pecking order among the biggest chip makers.

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