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Trucking and freight-booking startup Convoy raises $185M Series C led by CapitalG at a $1B valuation, bringing its total raised to $265M (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)

Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Trucking and freight-booking startup Convoy raises $185M Series C led by CapitalG at a $1B valuation, bringing its total raised to $265M  —  After serving 14 years for the Royal Canadian Navy, Ira Lawrence was ready for a new adventure.  He and his wife decided to start a trucking company in 2017 …

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China's "pay-for-knowledge" economy, primarily podcasts with subscription fees, is estimated at $7.3B in 2017, compared to US ad-driven podcast revenue of $314M (Jennifer Pak/Marketplace)

Jennifer Pak / Marketplace:
China’s “pay-for-knowledge” economy, primarily podcasts with subscription fees, is estimated at $7.3B in 2017, compared to US ad-driven podcast revenue of $314M  —  Listen To The Story  —  Marketplace  —  Chen Jun, 34, rents a small apartment in Shanghai.

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In letter to Congress, Google confirms it continues to allow third-party apps to scan and share data from Gmail accounts, though Google itself stopped doing so (Wall Street Journal)

Wall Street Journal:
In letter to Congress, Google confirms it continues to allow third-party apps to scan and share data from Gmail accounts, though Google itself stopped doing so  —  Lawmakers had asked company to explain policy in wake of WSJ report  —  WASHINGTON—Google Inc. told lawmakers it continues …

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Bing rolls out AMP support for searches on the mobile web two years after adding support for the protocol to its mobile apps (Dan Thorp-Lancaster/Windows Central)

Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Windows Central:
Bing rolls out AMP support for searches on the mobile web two years after adding support for the protocol to its mobile apps  —  Two years after adding support for the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) protocol in its mobile apps, Bing is now rolling out AMP support for searches on the mobile web.

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Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya appears unconcerned about the string of exits from the firm and says it will no longer raise outside capital (Sara Salinas/CNBC)

Sara Salinas / CNBC:
Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya appears unconcerned about the string of exits from the firm and says it will no longer raise outside capital  —  – Chamath Palihapitiya told his employees he would be diverting much of the “carry” — the portion of investment returns traditionally given …

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Google confirms the personal Gmail accounts of an unspecified number of US senators and Senate staff have been targeted by foreign government hackers (CNN)

CNN:
Google confirms the personal Gmail accounts of an unspecified number of US senators and Senate staff have been targeted by foreign government hackers  —  Foreign hackers target Senators’ Gmail accounts  —  (CNN)The personal Gmail accounts of an unspecified number of US senators and Senate staff …

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Instagram is testing a way for users to reshare posts from other accounts to their own feeds; obtained screenshots suggest the feature is early in development (Casey Newton/The Verge)

Casey Newton / The Verge:
Instagram is testing a way for users to reshare posts from other accounts to their own feeds; obtained screenshots suggest the feature is early in development  —  Will it revive the feed — or break it?  —  After years of resistance, Instagram is now testing a way for you to reshare posts from other accounts to your own feed.

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Facebook says that for future political campaigns, it will pull back from dedicated on-site support like the kind it provided to Trump's 2016 campaign (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg:
Facebook says that for future political campaigns, it will pull back from dedicated on-site support like the kind it provided to Trump’s 2016 campaign  —  – Social network has been questioned about its help in 2016  — Company wants candidate organizations to use ad website

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Amazon introduces Wi-Fi Simple Setup to automatically share a user's home wireless network credentials with compatible smart home devices (Andrew Gebhart/CNET)

Andrew Gebhart / CNET:
Amazon introduces Wi-Fi Simple Setup to automatically share a user’s home wireless network credentials with compatible smart home devices  —  Through Amazon’s Wi-Fi Simple Setup, Amazon wants to take away the headache of setting up your smart home.  As it stands, you usually need …

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Hulu rolling out an updated web interface designed for watching shows on a computer that shows more options and controls (Chaim Gartenberg/The Verge)

Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Hulu rolling out an updated web interface designed for watching shows on a computer that shows more options and controls  —  A new design meant for a mouse  —  Hulu is rolling out an updated web interface today for its users that’s based on the updated UI it introduced last year for its live TV service subscribers.

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