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February 19, 2017, 9:15 AM

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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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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 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Q&A with Sonos' CEO on his plans to integrate assistants from firms like Amazon and Google  —  A conversation with Patrick Spence  —  It's a weird time for Sonos — and not because it recently got a new CEO.  That transition seems to have happened without much drama …
Zoho:
Zoho and GoCardless: Your Partners in Direct Debit.  —  “Better late than never” is true when it comes to gifts or apologies.  But late payments are a pretty big turn-off.  With the integration between GoCardless and Zoho Finance Apps - Books, Invoice, Inventory, and Subscriptions - late payments are now a thing of the past.
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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 …
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Sources: SoftBank is considering renewing T-Mobile US merger talks in April, may cede control of Sprint  —  Japan's SoftBank Group Corp is prepared to give up control of Sprint Corp to Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile US Inc to clinch a merger of the two U.S. wireless carriers, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Microsoft:
New technologies, services enhance unique approach to cybersecurity  —  Ahead of RSA Conference 2017, Microsoft strengthens its security portfolio further on a wide range of fronts.
Worldpay:
Missed our eComm payment best practices webinar?  —  Learn how to use your data to improve transaction success and reduce cost on international payments.  Watch the webinar now on-demand.
Zoho:
Zoho and GoCardless: Your Partners in Direct Debit.  —  “Better late than never” is true when it comes to gifts or apologies.  But late payments are a pretty big turn-off.  With the integration between GoCardless …
eero:
What is mesh WiFi, exactly?  —  Learn the benefits of a true mesh WiFi network at home - and how eero's TrueMesh is different than others.
 

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