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A service called Opendoor, which will buy your house sight unseen, illustrates a new breed of start-up and Silicon Valley's ever-widening ambitions. The company concedes taking tens of millions in excess commissions. But records point to improper tax deductions costing drivers even more. Why you should buy a case for your smartphone, and maybe a screen protector, but pass on an extended warranty. At physical bookstores like the new one opening in Manhattan this week, the company is drawing on its vast troves of customer data to shape the design. The New York Times's Tech Tips columnist describes the arsenal of gadgets at her disposal, and her special love for iPhone. The investment in the start-up 99 comes despite recent political turmoil in Brazil. If a new investment round closes, it could bring Unity, which makes software at the heart of video games, $400 million and value it at about $2.6 billion. The overall accuracy of Zillow's estimates has gotten better, and it's now announcing a $1 million award to sharpen the company's algorithm further. An appeals court ruling on warrantless internet surveillance raises the chances that the Supreme Court could one day scrutinize the issue. The agreement, which includes the District of Columbia, ends an investigation into how hackers obtained information about tens of millions of people in 2013.