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First Read kicks off your morning with news of United Airlines accidentally selling first class tickets for as low as $44 and then refuses to honor them, Microsoft reportedly buys digital pen maker N-Trig and veteran CBS correspondent Bob Simon dies in a car crash in New York City.

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First Read groggily wakes you up with news Alibaba is investing $590 mln in smartphone maker Meizu, HSBC is said to have helped conceal $100 bln in Swiss accounts and Sam Smith triumphs at the Grammys, winning four top awards.

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First Read braces against the Tuesday chill with news Apple will invest $2 bln to create a command center, Google may be about to go to war against former BFF Uber and a former KPCB partner seeks $16 mln in discrimination lawsuit.

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Alibaba forms $129 mln fund to back young Hong Kong entrepreneurs

Ecommerce giant Alibaba has formed an HK$1 billion ($129 million) foundation to back young Hong Kong-based entrepreneurs. According to the company, the profits generated from these venture investments will be returned to the foundation for re-investment. The venture investment program is expected to launch in the second half of this year.

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Ahhh, Friday! First Read ends the week with news Jay-Z is buying two music streaming services for $56 mln, Uber passenger who claims driver rape in India is suing in the U.S. and Spotify seeks to raise $500 mln.

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First Read eases you into the mid-week with news of Yahoo’s $16 bln tax dodge, Apple’s Tim Cook survives another quarter and the bumpy saga of Sterling Investment Partners’ investment in Fairway Markets.

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In Second Opinion, Avon is reportedly in deal talks with TPG, Google wants Firefox users to change their search engine and the number of female partners in VC has dropped by nearly half since 1999.

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First Read kicks off your Friday morning with news about Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe agreeing to pay $415 million to settle a no talent poaching lawsuit, Alibaba plans to help American businesses sell in China and the all-white acting Oscars nominations triggers a diversity backlash.

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First Read ushers in your Tuesday with news ISIS sympathizers hacked U.S. military Twitter feed, White House admits it should have sent a high-level official to Paris rally and a start-up got $30 mln to shake up the garbage industry.

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First Read kicks off your hump day with news Alibaba is moving closer to Apple Pay deal, Uber gets sued in Los Angeles and San Francisco and NY likens bitcoin transactions to bartering.

VC-backed car-sharing app Lyft announces new CMO and CFO

San Francisco-based car-sharing app Lyft has named Kira Wampler as chief marketing officer and promoted Brian Roberts to chief financial officer, the company announced in a blog post on its site. Previously, Wampler worked at Trulia where she served as CMO while Roberts is Lyft’s former senior vice president of partnerships and corporate development. Lyft’s backers include Andreessen Horowitz, Mayfield, Founders Fund, Coatue Management, Third Point Management and Alibaba. To read more about Lyft’s new appointments, visit here.

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In Second Opinion, we have how to deal with an intern who tries to blackmail you, Uber’s gross revenue is expected to hit a run rate of about $10 billion, why Jeff Bezos should split Amazon in two and the world is running out of chocolate.

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In Second Opinion, Alibaba plans to raise as much as $8 bln with a U.S. bond sale, bank branches are slowly fading away, Facebook cuts its privacy policy to 2,700 words and Reddit CEO Yishan Wong resigns.

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On this Veterans Day, First Read reveals President Obama is urging the FCC to adopt net neutrality, Deutsche Telekom has launched a $620 mln fund for German startups and an oil tycoon is ordered to pay $1 bln in a divorce settlement, making it possibly the most expensive ever.

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In Second Opinion, Sean Rad is out as the CEO of Tinder, Pimco’s flagship Total Return Fund suffered a record $27.5 billion in withdrawals and Twitter is building a skybridge.

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This morning’s First Read has the CDC rejecting mandatory Ebola quarantines, Jack Ma has a strong interest in Apple partnership and a month after being diagnosed with cancer, controversial Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wins city council seat.

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