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March 16, 2017, 3:10 PM

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Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Amazon will bring Alexa to its iPhone app next week, with the ability to shop, track packages, tell jokes, check the weather, more  —  Starting today and available to all iPhone users next week, you can talk to Amazon's intelligent assistant Alexa while using the Amazon app.
Bloomberg:
Profile of Anthony Levandowski, Otto founder and ex-head of Google's LiDAR team, who's at the heart of Waymo's Uber lawsuit after allegedly taking designs  —  Travis Kalanick, the chief executive officer of Uber Technologies Inc., says he needs leadership help.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
After years of undermining the economics of culture, the internet is helping fund old and new art forms, often through subscriptions via platforms like Patreon  —  One secret to longevity as a pundit is to issue predictions that can't be easily checked.  So here's one for the time capsule …
Jordan Golson / The Verge:
Nvidia partners with Bosch to sell its AI-powered driver-assistant platform to automakers  —  Nvidia has announced a new partnership with Bosch to sell its Drive PX 2 driver-assist platform to automakers.  In effect, the deal gives Nvidia a go-to-market strategy for its self-driving hardware and software platform.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Nvidia partners with trucking giant PACCAR to put its autonomous technology into trucks  —  Nvidia's already going deeper down the self-driving vehicle rabbit hole in partnership with Bosch, but it's also moving further into autonomous trucking with a newpartnership with PACCAR, one of the world's largest makers of transport trucks.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Report: Spotify is negotiating with music labels to decrease royalty fees ahead of future IPO, possibly by limiting some releases to paid users for a period  —  Spotify is considering a move that would mean some of its biggest new releases will be restricted to paid users, according to a new report from Financial Times.
Corinne Gretler / Bloomberg:
Swatch CEO Nick Hayek says the firm is developing a smartwatch operating system focused on battery life, to compete with iOS and Android, debuting in late 2018  —  First product with new system to be Tissot in late 2018  —  Swiss watchmaker says technology can be used in small objects
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Business services giant Dun & Bradstreet's 52GB database exposed, containing 33M+ government and corporate employee records  —  Exclusive: The database contains more than 33 million records, including government departments and large corporate clients, which gets sold onto marketers.
Shelby Carpenter / Forbes:
Bike-sharing startup LimeBike raises $12M Series A led by Andreessen Horowitz, plans to launch in the Bay Area early April  —  When Andreessen-Horowitz partner Jeff Jordan goes from his Portola Valley home to San Francisco, he avoids driving as much as possible.
Lisa Baertlein / Reuters:
McDonald's begins testing mobile ordering app in US ahead of global rollout later this year, tracking customers' location to match with food prep time  —  McDonald's Corp this month will begin testing its long-awaited U.S. mobile ordering app with the goal of avoiding the kinds of service hiccups …
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:

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