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  • Uber's Operation SLOG supplies brand ambassadors w/ burner phones & credit cards to book Lyft rides & attempt to recruit drivers, The Verge reports; in some cases, driver kits, incl iPhones, are provided for rapid/instant conversion; Uber also employed evasive tactics to avoid ambassador blacklisting by Lyft; Uber admits the program's existence but denies allegations of sabotage, incl the booking & canceling of 5,560 Lyft rides; Uber CEO @travisk confirmed the legitimacy of internal docs leaked to The Verge - Link

    (Note: @Jason is an investor in Uber)


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  • @Square is raising ~$200M @ a $6B valuation, CNBC reports; the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation will reportedly participate; Square was valued @ $5B earlier this yr & has raised $440.5M to date - Link

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  • Tech training site @pluralsight raises $135M B led by @insightpartners w/ participation from ICONIQ Capital & Sorenson Capital; CEO @skonnard says the valuation is close to $1B; the site offers individual & business plans; Pluralsight has raised $165M to date - Link

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  • The Coolest Cooler becomes the most-funded Kickstarter project to date; the cooler adds to its basic purpose a blender, a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, a USB charger & more; the campaign has raised over $10M, w/ a goal of $50k; the project will be funded on Fri - Link

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  • Smart plug co @ZuliHome raises $1.65M from @MenloVentures, @winklevosscap, @xgventures & others; the funding comes after a $175k Kickstarter campaign; the unit plugs into wall outlets & offers smart home functions via Bluetooth; multiple units in diff rooms can be set to control lighting & other appliances based on the location of a mobile device - Link

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