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July 1, 2016, 7:25 AM

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Jordan Golson / The Verge:
US NHTSA opens investigation into fatal accident involving Tesla's Autopilot mode; Tesla says it's the first fatality in 130M+ miles driven with Autopilot  —  A Tesla Model S with the Autopilot system activated was involved in a fatal crash, the first known fatality in a Tesla where Autopilot was active.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple in exploratory talks to acquire Tidal, Jay Z's streaming music service; Tidal held similar talks with Rhapsody last year  —  Sources say talks are ongoing and may not result in a deal  —  Apple Inc. is in exploratory talks to acquire Tidal, a streaming-music service run by rap mogul Jay Z …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
In letter to Apple's general counsel, Spotify says Apple won't approve app update in move to “diminish competitiveness” of Spotify on iOS  —  “We cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon.”  —  Spotify says Apple is making it harder …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Zenefits cuts its valuation from $4.5B to $2B, will let Series C investors increase stake from 11% to 25%  —  Zenefits, the HR software startup that has accused its founder and former CEO of regulatory impropriety, is slashing its valuation to $2 billion from $4.5 billion.
Kwame Opam / The Verge:
Google reveals Android N will be named Nougat  —  Google announced on Snapchat today that Android N, the latest version of Android, will now go by Android Nougat.  The announcement comes after the company said at I/O last month that users could submit suggestions for the name online.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook is shutting down its Paper newsreading app on July 29th  —  Facebook is shutting down Paper, a bold reimagining of the company's flagship app for iOS that impressed critics but failed to attract a large audience, the company said today.  The app transformed the core Facebook experience …
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Jury awards HP Enterprise $3B in damages from Oracle over 2011 Itanium case; Oracle to appeal  —  Legal case focused on fate of ‘Itanium’ systems  —  A jury in Silicon Valley on Thursday delivered a resounding victory to Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. , finding that Oracle Corp. should pay …
Bloomberg:
Sources: BMW, Intel, and Mobileye are working together on autonomous car technology  —  Intel Corp. is working with Mobileye NV to develop self-driving car technology for BMW AG, said people familiar with the matter.  —  Senior executives from each company will hold an event on Friday …
Microsoft:
NASCAR levels the playing field, bringing the latest tech into an American tradition  —  NASCAR looks at different areas where it can eliminate manual or dated processes and take advantage of technology to build new data opportunities.
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Agam Shah / PCWorld:
Dell discontinues its Android-based Venue tablet line, citing over-saturated market, won't offer OS upgrades to existing Venue tablets  —  Dell has discontinued Venue tablets with Android, and won't be pushing out OS upgrades to current customers  —  Dell has stopped selling Android devices …
Business Insider:
Sources: self-driving car startup Zoox closes $200M round at a $1B valuation  —  Zoox, the super-stealth self-driving-car startup, has closed a $200 million round of funding, according to a source familiar with its fundraising plans.  —  In an SEC filing on June 6, the startup said that it had raised over $100 million in equity.
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