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First Read kicks off your morning with news of Apple reporting strong earnings but its stock still tumbles, the FCC approves the AT&T and DirecTV merger and federal prosecutors drop their criminal case against Barry Bonds.

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First Read starts your morning with news that the Gap will close 175 stores, Coty is reportedly close to a deal to buy P&G businesses for about $12 billion and the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup.

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Microsoft buys VC-backed BlueStripe Software

Microsoft has acquired BlueStripe Software, the latter announced in a post on its site. No financial terms were disclosed. BlueStripe provides IT operations teams with solutions on monitoring complex application infrastructure. BlueStripe’s backers included Valhalla Partners and Trinity Ventures.

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In Second Opinion, the State Department releases hundreds of Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi emails, Microsoft was reportedly in talks to buy Salesforce and France is about to make it illegal for supermarkets to destroy edible food. Happy Memorial Day!

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In Second Opinion, an appeals court upholds Apple’s patent victory over Samsung, the Supreme Court rules that two states can’t tax the same income and according to a new study, CEOs are hurting their companies by golfing too much.

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First Read ends this beautiful spring week with news Syngenta rejected Monsanto’s $45 bln takeover bid, Fitbit files for a $100 mln IPO and defying the odds, British Prime Minister David Cameron wins the UK election.

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To open your Friday, First Read has news labor is starting to gain on capital, a woman-led law firm lets partners be parents and Grooveshark gives up.

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To close out your Thursday, Second Opinion brings you news Microsoft won a patent for goggles that can detect feelings, another big tobacco bond deal, Cajun style and leaked Lyft docs show costly battle with Uber.

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In Second Opinion, Pimco hires Ben Bernanke as a senior advisor, a former Goldman Sachs banker is acquitted of all charges in a rape case and for the third straight quarter, Netflix beats rival HBO in revenue.

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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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In Second Opinion, President Obama endorses removing Cuba from the terrorism list, Microsoft buys mobile business intelligence service Datazen and Google patents the ability to control a robot army.

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Network security startup Illumio snags $100 mln Series C

Sunnyvale, California-based Illumio, a network security startup, has secured $100 million in Series C funding. The investors were BlackRock Funds, Accel Partners, Formation 8, Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang.

Vij named CEO of GlobalOutlook

GlobalOutlook Inc. said Wednesday that Rajeev Vij was named CEO while Brett Coover joined as Chief Technology Officer effective immediately. Rajeev joins GlobalOutlook from Microsoft, where he spent six years as Director, Hosting Service Provider business at Microsoft India. Brett joins GlobalOutlook from Intellys where he was CTO. GlobalOutlook is a portfolio company of Naya Ventures.

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Salesforce leads $60 mln strategic funding for InsideSales

InsideSales.com, a provider of a cloud-based sales analytics platform, has raised a $60 million strategic round of funding led by existing investor Salesforce Ventures. Also participating in the funding are Microsoft and existing backers Polaris Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, U.S. Venture Partners and Zetta Venture Partners. The Provo, Utah-based company, which was valued at about $1 billion at its last funding in April 2014, has now raised $203 million in total funding.

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In Second Opinion, Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock is set to resign amid expense questions, Microsoft will be killing its Internet Explorer browser and Bud Light’s St. Patrick’s Day tweet has users seeing red instead of green.

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