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Bits Blog: Y Combinator, a Start-Up Incubator, Goes to College
If you want to attend the classes in person, you’ll have to be a Stanford student. But all the lectures and reading material will also be posted online.






Uber Ban in Germany Is Lifted by Court
A judge in Frankfurt said that Taxi Deutschland, which had brought the case against the American ride-hailing service, had waited too long to do so.






IAC, Owner of Match and Tinder, Makes Moves in Online Dating
Under Barry Diller, IAC/InterActiveCorp has been increasing its presence in an online market that has become increasingly crowded.






DealBook: Mail.ru Takes Full Ownership of VKontakte, Russia’s Largest Social Network
The deal for Vkontakte ends tensions between the social network’s minority shareholders and Alisher B. Usmanov, the Russian billionaire who controls Mail.ru.






Bits Blog: Google Report Shows Governments’ Increasing Demands for Users’ Data
Google fielded 15 percent more requests for user data in the first six months of 2014 than in the previous six months.






Bits Blog: IBM Offers a Data Tool for the Mainstream, With Watson’s Help
IBM claims a breakthrough with a data tool for the mainstream corporate work force.






Bits Blog: Middle Eastern Petrochemical Plants Are Targets of Hackers
A pervasive form of financial malware has been modified and is now being used to hack into Middle Eastern petrochemical companies.






DealBook: Microsoft Says It Will Pay $2.5 Billion for Company That Created Minecraft
Adding the world-building computer game could help bolster Microsoft’s Windows series of devices, including phones and tablets.






DealBook: Alibaba Raises Fund-Raising Target for I.P.O. to $21.8 Billion
The company plans to disclose that it has raised the price range for its initial public offering to $66 to $68 for each American depositary share.






Hollywood’s Old-Time Star Makers Are Swooping In on YouTube’s Party
The star-making system of the future, it turns out, needs the star-making system of the past — or at least a swarm of agents and managers has decided it does.






In Latest Volley Against Amazon, Hachette’s Writers Target Its Board
Authors United, a group of Hachette writers and allies, is appealing to Amazon’s board to consider their reputation in the battle over e-book pricing.






Government Push for Yahoo’s User Data Set Stage for Broad Surveillance
Documents from the case paint a vivid portrait of the high-stakes battle that pitted Yahoo against some top officials in the Bush administration over what was legitimate gathering of foreign intelligence and what was illegal snooping.






Bits Blog: Google Introduces Android One Phone for Emerging Markets
Beginning in India, where a new line of smartphones will cost as little as about $100, the company is teaming up with manufacturers to make phones less expensive.
Advertising: Google Lends a Helping Hand to Madison Ave. on Digital Proficiency
The tech company is offering advertising and media agencies tutorials on how to more effectively use digital tools like mobile and social platforms for marketing purposes.
F.C.C. Revisits Net Neutrality Exemption for Mobile Broadband
The commission will consider changing a 2010 policy that excluded cellular companies from rules that prevent Internet providers from slowing down or blocking websites and apps.






Bits Blog: Nominee for European Post Voices Concern About U.S. Tech Giants
Günther Oettinger, the E.U.’s nominee for digital economy commissioner, said that companies like Google threaten to consign European firms to roles of parts or service deliverers.






Bits Blog: An Alliance of Major Players to Guide Open-Source Software
Google, Walmart and Facebook are among companies in a new organization dedicated to creating standards and practices for the creation of big free software.






Bits Blog: Online Orders for New iPhones Exceed 4 Million
The company said that orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus doubled the number of early online orders for the iPhone 5 two years ago.
Bits Blog: Minecraft’s Creator, the Ambivalent Billionaire
After Microsoft bought his company, the man known as Notch has written one of the most refreshingly honest letters by a company founder who just became incredibly rich.






Bits Blog: Toward a Childproof Internet
A handful of entrepreneurs are trying to build web services for young children, including at a company called Kuddle, the maker of a mobile photo-sharing app.
Bits Blog: What the Apple Watch Says About Apple
The Apple Watch is both a product and the embodiment of Apple’s values — taste, trust and utility — that have long guided the company’s product and design decisions.






DealBook: Alibaba’s Link to Elite Military Family Is Etched in Stone
An ancestral tablet at a Chinese tomb shows how an executive who profited from Alibaba’s acquisition of her company is connected to a family of prominent generals.






Line by Line, E-Books Turn Poet-Friendly
Digital publishers have gotten better at creating e-books that preserve a poet’s meticulous formatting, but some writers are still leery of surrendering their work to the digital realm.






Searching for the Crashless Car
How did cars become “computers on wheels,” so automated that some are about to start driving themselves? The story begins 45 years ago with a quest to make cars safer and the battle over the air bag.
The Media Equation: The Magic in Apple’s Devices? The Heart
Apple’s ability to seize the moment and preoccupy the press is without peer.






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