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July 2, 2018, 8:30 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Dell may soon announce it will become public company again by combining its shares with DVMT, a security created in 2016 to track EMC's stake in VMware  —  Share-swap deal would result in public listing for the PC and data-storage company  —  Dell Inc. is nearing a deal …
Rachel Nuwer / Wired:
A look at Option Impact, a salary database accessible to VCs and their startups, based on anonymized salary info from about 2,600 companies  —  WHEN STEVE, A thirtysomething engineer, launched a software company in San Francisco a few years ago, he and his cofounder faced the daunting task of hiring a team …
Andrew Liptak / The Verge:
500px stops allowing licensing of photos under Creative Commons, closes 500px Marketplace in favor of licensed pics from Getty and its owner Visual China Group  —  The photo-sharing site is also closing down 500px Marketplace, its stock photo platform  —  Photography platform 500px …
Steven Sinofsky / Learning By Shipping:
The moment when Intel lost mobile happened around 2008, when it gave up on producing low-power chipset for phones and refocused on Atom SoC and netbooks  —  Disruption is simple to say but there many factors at play.  Disruption is never one feature, but a full set of assumptions that go into a business.
Financial Times:
Sources: alongside GV, Alphabet will invest directly in Lime, as part of the $300M round the on-demand scooter startup is raising at $1.1B post-money valuation  —  Alphabet is joining a $300m funding round for electric scooter start-up Lime, adding to an increasingly complex web of deals in transport and …
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:
How a growing political awakening among some tech employees has driven the recent wave of protests at tech companies against controversial government contracts  —  SILICON VALLEY HAS a long and secretive history of building hardware and software for the military and law enforcement.
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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Sources: Facebook is buying London-based NLP startup Bloomsbury AI whose team and tech it plans to deploy to combat fake news and other content issues  —  Perhaps rightly, there has long been a perception that Google-owned Deepmind has been the most aggressive in hoovering up a lot …
TechCrunch:
Sources: Airbnb aims for IPO between July 2019 and late 2020, as it tweaks staff compensation and adds a cash bonus program  —  Airbnb, the accommodation rental business, has been building up a larger profile as a travel services powerhouse to fill out its $31 billion valuation …
Reuters:
HTC plans to cut around a quarter of its global workforce, or 1,500 jobs, at its manufacturing unit in Taiwan; layoffs will be completed by the end of September  —  TAIPEI (Reuters) - Smartphone maker HTC plans to slash around a quarter of its global workforce through job cuts at its manufacturing unit …
More: Engadget
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
DARPA to invest $100M over the next four years to create the equivalent of a silicon compiler aimed at significantly lowering the barriers to design chips  —  Two programs aim to craft ‘silicon compiler’  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — The U.S. will pour $100 million into two research programs …
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
Tech giants see partnerships with community colleges via apprenticeships, certifications, and degrees as a way to attract a skilled and more diverse workforce  —  As student debt mounts and a shortage of skilled workers persists, students find their local two-year institution could be a lower-cost shortcut to a good job.

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