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1. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Google in its 10-year legal battle with Oracle. The 6-2 vote set a precedent that it's not possible to copyright code or set limits on how software is built and distributed. Here's how the landmark decision will shape the future of software. Plus, throughout the dispute, more than two dozen parties — including IBM and Microsoft — voiced their support for Google.

2. Tim Cook said Facebook's objections to letting people pick whether or not to be tracked are "flimsy arguments." In a new interview, the Apple CEO criticized Facebook's arguments about Apple's upcoming privacy features. Mark Zuckerberg and Cook have feuded for years over user privacy and antitrust concerns. Here's where their rivalry began and everything that's happened since.

3. Uber is battling DoorDash to rule food delivery. Uber's CEO is trying to transform the company into the Amazon of local commerce and transportation. In our exclusive report, we detail the strategies Uber is using to overtake DoorDash and other rivals.

4. Elon Musk issued an "urgent" plea for more housing in Austin, Texas. As Tesla and SpaceX look to fill hundreds of jobs in the state, the CEO took to Twitter to call for more housing opportunities. Here's what Musk said.

5. An NFT of a house just sold for over $500,000 — the world's first crypto real-estate sale. In exchange for half a million dollars, the buyer received 3D files and clips of the NFT home — which can be uploaded to a virtual world and used as a home for an avatar. Take a look at the entirely digital home, known as the "Mars House."

6. Speaking of Mars… NASA's Mars helicopter survived its first night alone on the red planet. The helicopter, named Ingenuity, could pave the way for future space helicopters to explore new frontiers on other planets. See photographs of Ingenuity on Mars. 

7. More companies — including PayPal and Starbucks — are accepting bitcoin as payment.  Despite volatility warnings, major fast-food chains, big tech firms, and leading drink companies are embracing cryptocurrencies. These are a few companies now taking bitcoin.

8. Tesla will soar 51% as huge first-quarter sales point to a looming "green tidal wave." Pent-up demand for electric vehicles and President Biden's green-energy agenda are catalysts for Tesla's growth, analysts say. More on the "paradigm change" that will affect Tesla this year.

9. Founders Fund VC Keith Rabois and Atomic's Jack Abraham are building a new stealth startup: OpenStore. The new Miami startup will "provide instant liquidity to long-tail Shopify merchants." Take an inside look at OpenStore.

10. These are InstaCart's top nine power players. As it prepares to file its IPO paperwork, Instacart is poaching talent from Uber Eats, Goldman Sachs, and Amazon. In light of its massive growth, we compiled a list of the top execs helping InstaCart dominate grocery delivery.


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