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peHUB First Read

Today, First Read would like you to know that Yahoo wants to become Apple’s default search engine, Yahoo’s former COO left after only 15 months with a severance package worth $58 mln, a Tokyo court rejected bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox’s bankruptcy plan and a new browser for the dark web that makes it easier to find illegal stuff.

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In Second Opinion, Google’s first quarter revenue misses, a young VC thinks Fred Wilson is wrong about young VCs, Kim Dotcom may get his assets back and a study finds that a person’s Facebook profile is a significant predictor of job performance.

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Individuals targeted as San Francisco tech money protests intensify: Reuters

Demonstrations against the grip on San Francisco held by wealthy technology workers took a personal turn on Friday with protesters taking aim at a Google lawyer they say personifies the tensions being stirred by abundant tech money, sister news service Reuters reported. One of those targeted recently is Kevin Rose, a partner at Google Ventures.

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peHUB Second Opinion

In Second Opinion, Gmail launched 10 years ago today, Jawbone buys Playground.fm, how Google fumbled Glass and why co-investing is more likely to produce poor returns.

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Venture’s social media superstars: VCJ

Which venture capitalists have the most followers on Twitter, the highest Klout scores, more tweets than anyone else? Refinements in both the sites and how we use social media are increasingly turning it into a targeted marketing tool for communicating with entrepreneurs, building relationships, creating personal brands and improving portfolio company visibility.

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peHUB First Read

It’s Friday, and it’s warming up in the East. We have news that immersive virtual reality may be sexist, Pinterest accounts have been hacked, Bruce Rauner gets attacked on ‘pay-to-play’ in Illinois governor race and MSNBC is in serious trouble.

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Split raises seed funds

Split, a company dedicated to helping people avoid awkward encounters, has raised a $1 million seed investment from high-profile private investors, including entrepreneur, investor, and real estate and fashion mogul, Christopher Burch; Warner Music Group director and PERFORM board member, Jorg Mohaupt; international designer, actress and fashion icon, Dodo Bar Or; CEO and co-founder of acclaimed advertising and branding agency Zarmon Goldman DDB, Hadar Goldman; private venture capitalist and board member of several internet businesses, Alex Zubillaga; and PERFORM joint CEO and board member, Oliver Slipper. The Split apps work by gathering a person’s existing contact and social information (as they permit) as well as public social network data from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare.

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Accel Partners closes two funds adding up to nearly $1.5 bln

Accel Partners, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based venture firm that was an early investor in Facebook, has closed two news funds totaling $1.475 billion. The firm raised $475 million for its 12th main fund, the same size as Accel XI, which closed in 2011. The firm also raised $1 billion for Accel Growth III, exceeding the $875 million that the firm raised for its second growth fund, which also dates back to 2011, according to Thomson Reuters.

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Bessemer Venture Partners backs cloud platform Nitrous.IO

Nitrous.IO said Tuesday that it has secured $6.65 million in Series A funding. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round with participation from investors that included 500 Startups, Crunchfund, Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin and Golden Gate Ventures. In addition to the funding, Sunil Nagaraj of Bessemer Venture Partners has been added to the Nitrous.IO board. Based in Menlo Park, Calif., Nitrous.IO is a cloud-based developer platform.

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