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February 17, 2017, 11:15 AM

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Open letter outlining Facebook's attempts to build a more inclusive community, including improving tools for reporting abuse, squashing misleading stories, more  —  On our journey to connect the world, we often discuss products we're building and updates on our business.
Jungah Lee / Bloomberg:
Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee arrested on charges of bribery, perjury, and embezzlement, after last month's arrest warrant request failed  —  Court accepts prosecutor's second request of Lee's arrest  —  Lee faces allegations of bribery, perjury and embezzlement
Recode:
Alphabet reduces the amount of balloons needed to test Loon from 200-400 to 10-30 using AI and an improved system for altitude control and navigation  —  The Loon project says these advancements shorten their timeline for deployment.  —  Loon, the balloon project that aims to deliver internet …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
AT&T debuts $100/mo “unlimited” data plan that doesn't require DirecTV subscription, but speed is throttled after 22GB usage; additional lines cost $40/mo each  —  AT&T on Thursday announced an expanded version of its unlimited data plan that does not require an additional subscription to a pay-TV service.
The Economic Times:
Sources: Apple will start assembling iPhone SE in India at contract manufacturer Wistron's plant in Bengaluru starting April  —  NEW DELHI: Apple will kick off its India manufacturing plans by initially assembling 3-4 lakh units of its iPhone SE model at the Karnataka plant being set …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
An inside look at why Apple has failed to revolutionize TV as it tests fifth-generation Apple TV, which sources say can stream ultra-high-definition 4K video  —  The company is testing a new Apple TV capable of streaming ultra-high-definition 4K.  It may not be enough to take on Amazon and Roku.
Olivia Zaleski / Bloomberg:
Airbnb buys Canadian company Luxury Retreats; sources say the price was about $300M in cash and stock, and Luxury Retreats rebuffed Expedia and Accor bids  —  Airbnb said to have been in talks to offer $300 million  —  High-end rentals encroach on Expedia and Priceline's turf
John Herrman / New York Times:
How a hands-off culture and tangible rewards for attention led to the PewDiePie scandal on YouTube, a platform with its own emerging politics  —  Felix Kjellberg, known to his fans as PewDiePie, is by far YouTube's biggest star.  His videos, a mix of video-game narration, humorous rants and commentary …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Home adds the ability to buy products via voice from select Google Express partners  —  The Google Assistant on Google Home is getting a new feature today that may sound rather familiar to anybody who has ever owned an Amazon Echo.  You can now use your Home to order everyday essentials …
Alex Heath / Business Insider:
Tinder acquires Wheel, a collaborative video messaging app that functions similarly to Snapchat's Live Stories  —  Tinder is making a push into video with the acquisition of Wheel, a collaborative video messaging app that functions similarly to Snapchat's “Live Stories” format.

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Drive for a sustainable water supply fuels partnership with Ecolab  —  Developments in cloud computing and smart manufacturing to help industries around the world tackle water scarcity.
Worldpay:
Subscriptions webinar with Ancestry.com  —  Join us on April 20th to explore how leaders in subscription pricing marry strategy and tech seamlessly to make the global leap.
Zoho:
Response bias, and why it's your survey's biggest enemy  —  Response bias can adversely affect your survey outcome.  Here's what you can do to fight it.  —  What makes a survey a powerful tool is its ability …
Turner:
How Turner's indie film steaming service FilmStruck supports a wide array of devices using a single cross-platform codebase  —  Turner recently launched FilmStruck, its much-anticipated domestic subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service.
 

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