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November 13, 2017, 12:35 PM

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Fred Wilson / AVC:
Qualcomm:
Qualcomm's Board of Directors unanimously rejects Broadcom's unsolicited $103B offer  —  Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) ("Qualcomm" or the “Company") today announced that its Board of Directors unanimously rejected the unsolicited proposal announced by Broadcom Limited ("Broadcom") on November 6, 2017.
Amie Tsang / New York Times:
Lyft to launch in Toronto next month, its first market outside the US  —  The ride-hailing company Lyft, a major rival to Uber in the United States, is moving to gain ground internationally.  —  Lyft announced on Monday that it would be offering services in Toronto in time for the holiday season.
Stan Higgins / CoinDesk:
Mining begins of Bitcoin Gold, a fork of Bitcoin that aims to thwart specialized mining chips  —  The newest fork of the bitcoin blockchain is officially live after a rocky start.  —  Developers for the project, dubbed bitcoin gold, published software for the breakaway cryptocurrency today, releasing the code on GitHub as well.
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Uber says it's entered into an agreement with a consortium led by SoftBank and Dragoneer on a potential investment  —  The paperwork's done!  The long-anticipated SoftBank Group investment into Uber has been agreed upon, a spokesperson confirms to TechCrunch.  —  We've been provided the following statement.
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
New York Times:
Inside NSA's Tailored Access Operations group and the investigation into Shadow Brokers, a hack of NSA now considered much more damaging than Snowden leak  —  A serial leak of the agency's cyberweapons has damaged morale, slowed intelligence operations and resulted in hacking attacks on businesses and civilians worldwide.
Scott Shane / New York Times:
YouTube decided to treat jihadist recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki as it treats terrorist organizations, removing most of his videos, including his mainstream lectures  —  WASHINGTON — For eight years, the jihadist propaganda of Anwar al-Awlaki has helped shape a generation of American terrorists …
Christina Larson / Foreign Policy:
Facebook, blamed for unintended consequences of the service in nations like Myanmar, says “product and integrity research team” is headed to SE Asia this month  —  Zuckerberg needs to stop courting Beijing and start paying attention to the countries where Facebook matters.
Aliya Ram / Financial Times:
UK-based Graphcore, maker of machine learning chips, has raised $50M from Sequoia Capital  —  UK chipmaker Graphcore has raised $50m from Sequoia Capital, one of Silicon Valley's top venture capital firms, as the start-up angles to become Britain's biggest maker of artificial intelligence hardware.

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