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Thursday tech tapas, say that five times fast.

In case you missed it, here’s an Apple rumor that panned out: It’s buying Beats for $3 billion. As our own Troy Wolverton wrote Wednesday, it’s Apple’s biggest purchase yet. In a memo to employees, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the deal was all about music holding “a special place in our hearts” at the company that made the iPod.

How do you pay CEOs such as Larry Ellison? Very well.

Iranian hackers pretended to work for fake news organizations and created fake social-media accounts to spy on U.S. politicians, journalists, military officials. In some cases, they used the names of real journalists.

Another Facebook-like move: Twitter is experimenting with predicting what users want to see in their feeds.

Dish Network to accept bitcoin, becoming perhaps the biggest company so far to do so.

Research: Half of U.S. adults have been hacked in the past year.

Speaking of hacking, House lawmakers sent eBay CEO John Donahoe a letter, are looking for answers after the company announced a breach last week.

Philz in San Francisco is tracking customers’ mobile phones without their permission. The service that enables the tracking can even scan the phones of passersby.

A look at Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s “gigafactory gamble“: Will there be enough demand for electric-vehicle batteries?

Microsoft introduces myBulletins Dashboard, where people can keep track of security bulletins for the Microsoft products they own.

Mary Meeker, influential analyst and now VC, from her annual report: Most tech companies are far from bubble valuations.

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel apologizes for “idiotic” emails — which talked about his frat and drinking and women — he sent during his Stanford days.


Photo of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison from 2012. (Eric Risberg/Associated Press)


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