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February 19, 2017, 1:40 PM

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Emily Tan / Campaign UK:
YouTube will discontinue 30-second unskippable ads in 2018  —  Starting next year, YouTube will stop allowing the 30-second unskippable ad and will focus instead on shorter formats.  YouTube to stop 30-second unskippable ads In an official statement, Google explained that its aim is to provide …
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
Mark Zuckerberg's lip service to journalism is not enough to sustain media amid Facebook's ad revenue siphoning and hands-off view of editorial responsibility  —  It's not that Mark Zuckerberg set out to dismantle the news business when he founded Facebook 13 years ago.
Rob LeFebvre / Engadget:
Microsoft Office for Mac gets Touch Bar support  —  Owners of the Macbook Pro with Touch Bar will be pleased to hear that Microsoft Office now works with the LCD strip Apple introduced with its latest laptop.  Support for Touch Bar was announced alongside the new MacBook Pro at an Apple event last October …
Kevin J. Delaney / Quartz:
Bill Gates supports taxing the use of robots to slow the spread of automation and to finance other employment  —  Robots are taking human jobs.  But Bill Gates believes that governments should tax companies' use of them, as a way to at least temporarily slow the spread of automation and to fund other types of employment.
Shoshanna Solomon / The Times of Israel:
Apple buys Israel's facial recognition firm RealFace - report  —  US giant acquires Tel Aviv-based Israeli cybertechnology startup for a couple of million dollars, Calcalist says  —  Apple Inc. has acquired Israel's Realface, a cybertechnology startup whose facial recognition technology can be used to authenticate users.
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Source leaks hands-on pics and specs of LG G6: always-on display, Snapdragon 821, 4GB of RAM, 3,200 mAh battery, base 32GB of expandable storage  —  The LG G6 is far from being a secret at this point, with LG itself going as far as to confirm its ‘FullVision’ 18:9 5.7-inch display …
Paul Lienert / Reuters:
Sources: GM plans to deploy thousands of self-driving Chevrolet Bolts in test fleets in 2018, most of them in partnership with Lyft  —  General Motors Co plans to deploy thousands of self-driving electric cars in test fleets in partnership with ride-sharing affiliate Lyft Inc, beginning in 2018 …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Q&A with Bill Gates on his work as an adviser to Microsoft, the evolution of the company, and his focus on natural language processing and virtual assistants  —  It has been nearly a decade since Bill Gates left his day-to-day role at Microsoft, but he still has a connection to the company …

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