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In Second Opinion, the Twitter accounts for the NY Post and UPI were hacked, Leucadia National gives FXCM a $300 mln cash infusion and Mitt Romney has conflict of interests problems with Solamere.

VC-backed BlueData adds two to team

Mountain View, Calif.-based big data firm BlueData has hired Jim Lenox as vice president of worldwide sales and Greg Kirchoff as vice president of business development. Previously, Lenox worked at Midokura while Kirchoff worked at Microsoft. BlueData is backed by Ignition Partners, Atlantic Bridge Ventures, Intel Capital, Amplify Partners and Data Collective.

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First Read eyes the looming end of 2014 with news Yahoo Directory is about to go dark, Facebook apologizes for insensitivity of its “Year in Review” feature and LPs scramble to get into oversubscribed private equity funds.

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In Second Opinion, Microsoft is building a new browser, why Foursquare failed to reach escape velocity and Chaos Computer Club says it can reproduce your fingerprints from a photo.

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In Second Opinion, Jeb Bush shares Mitt Romney’s PE problem, Facebook considers adding a “dislike” button, you can now use Bitcoin to add funds to your Microsoft account and Wal-Mart sells the iPhone 6 for $129.

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First Read hunkers down for the #rainmageddon with news Microsoft is set to accept bitcoin payments for digital content, Hilton in talks to buy four hotels from Blackstone and eBay may eliminate thousands of jobs in early 2015.

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First Read ends your week with Starbucks planning on launching a high-end chain, JP Morgan continues its run as a top-ranked investment bank and a court rules that chimpanzees are not people and not entitled to legal rights.

Microsoft buys VC-backed Acompli

Microsoft has acquired San Francisco-based mobile email solutions provider Acompli, the latter confirmed in a blog post on its site. No financial terms were disclosed. Acompli’s backers included Felicis Ventures, Harrison Metal and Redpoint Ventures. To read the announcement, visit here.

 

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In Second Opinion, Uber hires Goldman Sachs to raise money from the bank’s high-net worth clients, Lending Club sets terms for its pending IPO, AOL buys Vidible while Microsoft is acquiring email startup Acompli.

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In Second Opinion, the iPhone 6 is way more popular than the iPhone 6 plus, the Onion goes up for sale, Microsoft is launching a web-based version of Skype and the first women-focused venture summit has been postponed until next year.

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Microsoft buys VC-backed cyber security startup Aorato

According to a blog post on its site, Microsoft has acquired Aorato, an Israeli cyber security firm. No financial terms were disclosed. Aorato’s backers include Accel Partners, Innovation Endeavors and Glilot Capital Partners. To read the announcement, visit here.

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In Second Opinion, Lyft sues its former COO Travis VanderZanden, Microsoft’s Office suite for iPad, iPhone, and Android is now free, the Weather Channel lays off 80 behind-the-scenes staff and a little porcupine fends off 13 lions.

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In Second Opinion, Warburg Pincus is already gearing up for its next fund, WhatsApp intends to launch voice calling services in Q1, Prudential Financial replaces Pimco as subadviser on a $6 bln fund and its National Cat Day.

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In Second Opinion, Bloomberg snags Business Insider’s Joseph Weisenthal, Yahoo Q3 results beat expectations, Staples may have been hacked and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s compensation is valued at more than $84 million.

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To end your week, First Read has news Symantec has plans to split into two, Amazon reportedly will open a retail store in New York just in time for the holidays and Microsoft’s CEO apologizes for inexplicable comments about gender pay equality.

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