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July 4, 2018, 1:35 AM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Uber and Careem are in preliminary talks to combine their Middle Eastern ride hailing services  —  - Uber seeks majority stake in Middle Eastern rival, sources say  — Careem is raising money at a reported $1.5 billion valuation  —  Uber Technologies Inc. and Careem Networks FZ …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
The California Supreme Court rules that Yelp can't be forced to remove negative reviews from users, overturning a lower court's decision against the company  —  Businesses can't sue Yelp to get defamatory reviews removed, California's Supreme Court has ruled.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
US provides ZTE temporary authorization through August 1 to continue supporting equipment and consumer devices already deployed  —  So it can update phones and other equipment  —  The US Commerce Department has temporarily lifted a portion of the ban on ZTE that all-but shut down the company almost three months ago.
Jillian D'Onfro / CNBC:
Google says Cloud COO Diane Bryant has left the company, less than a year after joining from Intel, where she had been for 32 years  —  Google Cloud chief operating officer Diane Bryant has left the company after less than a year.  —  “We are grateful for the contributions she made while at Google …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Facebook's political ads disclosure rules algorithm blocks ads for lawn-mowing, waxing salons, Walmart, and more that use the words “bush” and “Clinton”  —  Blaine Simons last month paid Facebook to run an ad for his lawn-mowing company, Al Mowit, in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Sankalp Phartiyal / Reuters:
India's IT ministry asks WhatsApp to curb spread of false messages, saying the service “cannot evade accountability” for misinformation that has led to killings  —  MUMBAI (Reuters) - India has asked Facebook Inc-owned WhatsApp messenger to take steps to prevent the circulation …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Ex-Microsoft COO Kevin Turner named CEO of Core Scientific, a blockchain and AI startup co-founded by ex-Myspace CTO; SEC filing shows company is raising $40M  —  Former Microsoft COO Kevin Turner has taken the helm of Core Scientific, a stealthy new blockchain and artificial intelligence startup led …
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
In trial against Six4Three, Facebook argues it's a publisher with the free speech right to take away access to data but also claims protection under Article 230  —  In its defense against a former app startup, Facebook is contradicting its long-held claim to be simply a neutral platform

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