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June 13, 2017, 12:15 PM

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Bloomberg:
Tim Cook says Apple is focusing on autonomous systems, which he sees as “the mother of all AI projects” and can be used for developing self-driving cars  —  For the first time, CEO elaborates on Apple's car plans  —  The company's automotive program has experienced turmoil
Bloomberg:
Source: Russia's cyberattack on the US electoral system hit voter databases and software systems in a total of 39 states, twice as many as previously reported  —  Hackers said to take measure of voting systems, databases  —  A ‘red phone’ warning to the Kremlin from Obama White House
Bloomberg:
Sources: Emil Michael believes a weak board and lax legal team at Uber, plus his friendship with Travis Kalanick, led to his ouster, not scandals  —  Emil Michael is replaced by David Richter as business head  —  CEO Travis Kalanick may take leave after series of scandals
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Microsoft Surface Laptop review: balances power and thinness well, has a beautiful touchscreen, but few apps on Windows 10 S, and Alcantara fabric requires care  —  Windows heir  —  Finally.  It's a word that's famously overused in tech, and it's understandable.
Emma Lee / TechNode:
Chinese cloud computing company QingCloud raises about $160M Series D as it prepares for IPO  —  Just a few years ago, billion-level funding would be beyond the imagination of Chinese cloud computing companies.  But now it is becoming more and more tangible as the market matures.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Online finance startup SoFi has applied for a new-bank charter under the name of SoFi Bank to offer FDIC-insured account and credit-card product  —  In May, SoFi CEO Michael Cagney told TechCrunch the company would be applying for a bank charter “in the next month.”
Stan Higgins / CoinDesk:
Bancor, a platform for launching blockchain tokens, raises ~$150M in largest-ever ICO  —  An initial coin offering (ICO) for a blockchain project called Bancor has set a new industry record, raising approximately $153m in ether, the native currency on the ethereum blockchain, as part of a crowdsale that concluded today.

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Smartsheet:
Strategies for shutting down SaaS sprawl  —  Managing a chaos of apps steals focus away from IT leaders who are increasingly helping to drive business.  Read the report.
TWiT.tv:
Answers To Your Tech Questions  —  On Ask The Tech Guy, Leo Laporte answers one tricky tech dilemma and gets to the root of the problem.  Subscribe to Ask The Tech Guy podcast.
Zoho:
Are you ready, Australia?  We've opened two new data centres for the A/NZ region!  —  In recent years, more and more Australian businesses have adopted Zoho as their preferred software platform …
AWS Startups:
Shaping Your Startup Culture to Thrive  —  Our panel of experts at our AWS Loft in New York, including folks from Buzzfeed, Enigma, and Value Culture, discuss why culture is vital to any startup that wants to survive past its early days.
Google Fi:
Google Fi - a phone plan, by Google  —  We felt that most phone plans just weren't made with you in mind.  So that's why we built Google Fi with features that real people actually want.  Click to learn more.
TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Clearbanc co-founder and president Michele Romanow is coming to Disrupt SF  —  Raising venture capital isn't easy; for some, it's impossible.  Clearbanc offers startups a fundraising alternative …
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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