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Friday 06.02.17

“At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since." -Salvador Dali



 
Spotify stock listing could be within a year Spotify said on Friday it has no immediate plans for a stock market listing, although a source familiar with the matter told Reuters the music streaming service could still be floated within a year.  - Reuters

Wal-Mart Asks Employees to Deliver Packages on Their Way Home Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is testing a program that sends store employees to deliver online orders at the end of their shifts, a new push by the world’s biggest retailer to use its large physical footprint to match Amazon.com Inc.’s convenient options for web purchases.  - Bloomberg

Google plans to clean up the web with Chrome ad blocker next year Chrome’s ad blocker won’t block all ads from the web. Instead, it’ll only block ads on pages that are determined to have too many annoying or intrusive advertisements, like videos that autoplay with sound or interstitials that take up the entire screen.  - The Verge

US approves social media background checks for visa applicants The U.S. is buttressing its paperwork walls with new requirements for social media disclosures as part of revised visa applications. The new questionnaire will ask for social media handles dating back over the last five years and biographical information dating back 15 years.  - Tech Crunch

S&P Downgrade Brings Illinois Debt One Step Closer to Junk S&P Global Inc. warned that Illinois could be downgraded to junk status next month if it doesn’t solve its partisan gridlock. The state hasn’t had a budget for two years because of a standoff between the Republican governor and Democratic legislature.  - Wall Street Journal

Elon Musk leaving advisory councils following Paris agreement withdrawal Musk cited climate change and the downsides of leaving the Paris agreement both for the world and for the U.S. as his reasoning. The prolific tech entrepreneur said previously that he has attempted to convince the President to support of the Paris agreement, through his council involvement and through White House connections.  - Tech Crunch

iPhone 8: Release date, rumours and everything you need to know The iPhone 8 - if indeed it is called that - has been rumoured to include features such as wireless charging, an edge-to-edge display and - for the first time - no home button. Here's what The Telegraph is expecting.  - Telegraph

Gunman torches Philippine casino, killing at least 36 people A gunman burst into a casino in the Philippine capital Manila on Friday, firing shots, setting gaming tables alight and killing at least 36 people, all suffocating in thick smoke, in what officials believe was a botched robbery.  - Reuters

 
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