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Roku, an over-the-top (OTT) streaming player service, has filed for a $100 million IPO (though that's likely a placeholder), according to an SEC filing. Rumors of its plans to go public emerged earlier this year, and it considered an IPO back in 2014.

Offering details: The Silicon Valley-based company plans to trade on the NASDAQ under ticker symbol "ROKU," with Morgan Stanley listed as left lead underwriter.

Financials: Roku is unprofitable. It reported $24.2 million in net loss on $199.7 million in revenue for the six moths ending in June 2017. In the fiscal year 2016, it reported a net loss of $42.8 million on $398.6 million in revenue. Its revenue comes from sales of streaming devices as well as through advertising and subscriptions. In the first six months of 2017, devices accounted for 59% of total revenue. In fiscal 2016, they made up 74%.

Backers: The company has raised over $200 million in VC funding, and is valued at almost $1 billion according to Pitchbook. Its investors include Netflix, Menlo Ventures, News Corp, Sky UK's venture arm, and Viacom, among others.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill can continue its race conscious admissions process, a federal judge ruled on Monday.

Why it matters: The case could end up in the Supreme Court after the conservative nonprofit Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) vowed to appeal the judge's ruling that UNC didn't discriminate against against white and Asian American applicants in its policy that it said was designed to increase diversity.

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Why it matters: The postmortem was highly anticipated, largely because of what it could hint about what the regulator thinks should be done in wake of the saga. But the report stopped short of specific policy recommendations.

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The logjam for reviewing and confirming President Biden's ambassadorial picks is finally starting to break.

Why it matters: Biden is far behind his predecessors in the rate at which his ambassadorial picks have been confirmed. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a series of high-profile hearings and votes this week to finally begin chipping away at the backlog.