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June 15, 2017, 6:25 PM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon expressed interest in acquiring Slack, in a deal that would value the company at $9B+  —  Chatroom company's value said to be at least $9 billion  —  Microsoft boosted competition with Teams chat platform  —  Corporate chatroom startup Slack Technologies Inc …
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Sources: Slack is raising $500M at a $5B post-money valuation, leading to acquisition interest from Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Salesforce  —  The business communications company has gotten acquisition offers in the past from Microsoft and others  —  Slack, the popular business communications company …
Megan Murphy / Bloomberg:
Interview with Tim Cook on HomePod, AR, enterprise strategy, manufacturing products in the US, Donald Trump, US tax code, and more  —  Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple Inc., was interviewed in San Jose, California, on June 5 by Bloomberg Businessweek Editor Megan Murphy.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook requests input on hard questions about censorship, such as removing false news, and plans to begin explaining how it's addressing each question  —  How should Facebook decide what's allowed on its social network, and how to balance safety and truth with diverse opinions and cultural norms?
Facebook:
Facebook details its process to fight terrorism: AI including image matching, increased human intervention to flag posts and remove accounts, partnerships, more  —  By Monika Bickert, Director of Global Policy Management, and Brian Fishman, Counterterrorism Policy Manager
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter redesigns its app across mobile, desktop, and the web to include round profile icons, consistent typography, and more  —  In an effort to better cater to newcomers, Twitter once again is redesigning its app across mobile, desktop and the web.  The revamp isn't a radical departure …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Passenger raped by Uber driver in India sues Uber, Kalanick, others in US federal court for defamation, more after it emerges they obtained her medical info  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A woman who was raped by her Uber driver in India filed a lawsuit against the ride-hailing company and three current …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Filings: Spotify reaches 140M MAUs as 2016 revenue grew over 50% YoY to $3.3B, with a net loss of $601M; firm agrees to pay big labels $2B+ over next two years  —  The streaming service posted revenue of $3.3 billion last year; it has promised big checks in exchange for better rates.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Changing course, Netflix says it'll “never outgrow” fight for net neutrality, after CEO Hastings said company was big enough that issue didn't pose a big risk  —  Even thought its CEO said otherwise  —  After a few months of wishy-washy statements on net neutrality indicating …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon unveils $20 Dash Wand with a barcode scanner and Alexa support for ordering food, getting recipes, controlling smart-home devices, Alexa skills  —  Amazon just introduced a new Alexa device: a $20 version of its Amazon Dash Wand with the voice-enabled smart assistant built in for ordering food …

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