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June 26, 2017, 11:45 AM

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Dan Primack / Axios:
Sources: Matt Mazzeo, formerly of Lowercase Capital, quits Binary Capital weeks after quietly joining as its third partner; Justin Caldbeck formally resigns  —  We have some updates on the situation at Binary Capital, the San Francisco-based venture capital firm whose co-founding partner …
Wall Street Journal:
Walmart tells some tech providers not to use Amazon Web Services if they want Walmart's business  —  Wal-Mart is telling some technology companies that if they want its business, they can't run applications for the retailer on Amazon's leading cloud-computing service, Amazon Web Services.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook courts talent agencies as it prepares to debut TV-quality shows by late summer with budgets of up to $3M/episode, as well as short-form videos  —  Facebook is talking to Hollywood studios and agencies about producing TV-quality shows with an eye toward launching original programming …
Vidhi Doshi / Washington Post:
Over the past few months, an estimated 60K IT workers have lost their job in India, where employers often cite poor ratings to pressure employees into resigning  —  NEW DELHI — They were going to be India's gilded generation.  —  When P.R. Sujoy became a software engineer, he thought his life was made.
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Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Facebook adds animated reactions, more masks, filters, and effects to Messenger's video chat  —  Facebook Messenger has had video chat capabilities for a couple of years now, and last December, it finally added group chat capabilities.  Today, the company is unveiling even more features …
More: TechCrunch
Bloomberg:
Profile of Starsky Robotics, which hires truckers to train and eventually remotely control semi-autonomous trucks  —  Just before Stefan Seltz-Axmacher offers a job to an engineer at Starsky Robotics Inc., a driverless trucking startup in San Francisco, he gives them the talk.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Earth launches Voyager feature with lesson plans and educational tours for classrooms, put together by scientists, nonprofits, and other storytellers  —  In April, Google introduced a revamped, reimagined version of Google Earth, which included a number of new features that go beyond visualizing …
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Samsara, maker of sensors and GPS units for fleet vehicle management, raises $40M Series C at $530M+ valuation led by General Catalyst with return investor a16z  —  Rapid changes in the shipping industry has caught the attention of investors who are starting to pour large sums of money into the industry.
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