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January 11, 2017, 8:55 PM

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Fidji Simo / Facebook Media:
Facebook introduces the Facebook Journalism Project to collaborate with news organizations on products, offer training to reporters, and try to curb fake news  —  Facebook is a new kind of platform and we want to do our part to enable people to have meaningful conversations, to be informed and to be connected to each other.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
Alphabet's Titan high-altitude drone program has been shut down after being rolled into X in late 2015; 50+ employees disperse to other units  —  In 2014, Google bought Titan Aerospace, maker of high altitude, solar-powered drone aircraft.  At the time Google noted, “It's still early days …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
JetBlue completes its rollout of Fly-Fi, with free high-speed Wi-Fi on all planes  —  JetBlue today announced that it has officially completed its fleet-wide rollout of Fly-Fi, bringing free wireless internet to all of its planes.  The carrier first introduced the service in late 2013 …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Techdirt's existence is threatened by costs of fighting $15M libel suit brought by Shiva Ayyadurai, represented by Charles Harder, who won against Gawker  —  As you may have heard, last week we were sued for $15 million by Shiva Ayyadurai, who claims to have invented email.
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
Instagram will put full-screen, auto-playing, skippable ads in its Stories feature, which now has 150M daily active users five months after launch  —  If you're one of the millions of Instagram users who likes the service's recently added “Stories” sharing feature, get ready …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Twitter says it will shut down its iOS and desktop account management app Dashboard on February 3  —  In June, Twitter launched Dashboard, a dedicated app brands can use to manage their various accounts, but seven months later, that's all about to change.  Today, the company announced …
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Munchery CEO James Beriker says company's co-founders Tri Tran and Conrad Chu will leave at end of the month; sources say company to cut about 30 employees  —  The reductions affected chefs, photographers, and the business side  —  Food delivery startup Munchery cut about 30 employees this week.
Tesla:
Chris Lattner joins Tesla as VP of Autopilot software  —  We would like to welcome Chris Lattner, who will join Tesla as our Vice President of Autopilot Software.  Chris' reputation for engineering excellence is well known.  He comes to Tesla after 11 years at Apple where he was primarily responsible …

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