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First Read kicks off your morning with news that the Willis Group and Towers Watson will merge in $18 billion deal, Puerto Rico wants to be able to declare bankruptcy and if you want a free college education, move to Germany.

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In Second Opinion, Walmart, Amazon, Sears and eBay will stop selling Confederate flag merchandise, Qatar teams up with RSE Ventures to buy a stake in Formula One, and in addition to their team not winning a World Series since 1986, New York Mets fans are also the worst spellers in baseball, says new study.

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Madrona raises $300 mln sixth fund

Madrona Venture Group has closed a $300 million sixth fund for early stage technology investing primarily in the Pacific Northwest. The firm said the fund was oversubscribed from existing LPs.

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In Second Opinion, Teva offers to buy generic drug maker Mylan for $40 billion, the Department of Homeland Security plans on opening a Silicon Valley office and say goodbye to McDonald’s Chicken Selects, which is being removed from the fast food franchise’s menu yet again.

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First Read ushers in your morning with news Nokia is in talks to acquire rival Alcatel-Lucent, top 1% pay nearly half of federal income taxes and visa applications from highly skilled tech and science workers in U.S. hit record high.

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First Read ends the week with news Google is paying new CFO more than $70 mln over two years, routers at hundreds of hotels are vulnerable to hackers and Pebble’s new smart watch hits $20 mln in kickstarter pre-orders.

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First Read ushers in your morning with news of Kraft Foods merging with Heinz, Lexmark is reportedly set to acquire Kofax for $1 billion and Uber and Ola are ordered to stop operating in New Delhi until they obtain taxi licenses.

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In Second Opinion, bombings in Yemeni mosques kill more than 130, dating app Tinder names former eBay exec Payne as its new CEO and the Obama administration unveils federal fracking regulations.

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In Second Opinion, Kleiner Perkins portrays Ellen Pao as combative and resentful in gender discrimination trial, police seize $10 million worth of marijuana hidden in frozen avocados and look out, “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is coming in May 2017.

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First Read helps close out another snowy week with news Apple Pay has been stung by low-tech fraudsters, Formation8 has been dropped from U.S. sexual assault lawsuit and Glenn Beck’s top execs quit to form digital media startup.

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In Second Opinion, Amazon is in talks to buy some RadoShack stores, the fear that keeps small business owners awake at night and Harper Lee, who wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will publish her second novel in July

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In Second Opinion, a study finds that pizza is the major reason kids are fat, Google is close to investing in rocket maker SpaceX at a valuation north of $10 bln and DreamWorks Animation plans to layoff a lot of people.

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First Read delivers you news this morning that Amazon will start making movies for theatrical release, Facebook claims it created 4.5 million jobs in 2014 and a company that assesses credit risk of potential borrowers through data gathered from social media.

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First Read kicks off your week with news Anonymous hacked a jihadist website in retaliation for Charlie Hebdo attack, Netflix and Amazon score big at the Golden Globes and tech in 2015: get ready for a Jetsons world.

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In Second Opinion, Amazon added added 10 million Prime customers in Q4, The Interview has been downloaded more than 750,000 times and Feeding America gets a $1.6 mln grant from Google.

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In Second Opinion, New York Fashion Week is leaving Lincoln Center, an Uber driver in Boston is charged with raping a woman and Amazon is launching Prime Now, a one-hour delivery for a range of “daily essentials” in Manhattan.

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