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January 20, 2017, 6:00 AM

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
NHTSA closes probe into June 2016 Tesla crash, clearing Autopilot of fault and praising its safety features, including a ~40% drop in crashes since introduction  —  The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its full findings following the investigation …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft releases Windows 10 Creators Update test build with support for ebooks and more, delays “My People” quick-access links until later this year  —  Microsoft's latest Windows 10 Creators Update test build: Ebook support is in.  My People sharing is out until later this year.
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Analysis finds Google placed ads for its own products atop 91% of 25K searches for related items; after Google was told, only 19% had Google product ads atop  —  A Wall Street Journal analysis found that Google often pushes its growing list of hardware products, from Pixel phones to Nest smart thermostats …
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Uber agrees to pay $20M fine to settle FTC suit alleging the company overstated potential driver earnings in 20 cities  —  Uber Technologies agreed Thursday to pay $20 million to resolve Federal Trade Commission allegations that it misled drivers about potential earnings and vehicle financing.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Brian Krebs accuses founder of DDoS mitigation provider ProTraf Solutions as co-author of Mirai IoT worm; founder denies involvement  —  On September 22, 2016, this site was forced offline for nearly four days after it was hit with “Mirai,” a malware strain that enslaves poorly secured Internet of Things …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Snap to enable ad targeting using 3rd-party data from offline purchases, after signing deal with Oracle Data Cloud, following lead of Google, Facebook, Twitter  —  Mobile app company follows lead of Google, Facebook and Twitter by working with Oracle Data Cloud
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Twitter says it beat “many” internal workplace diversity targets in 2016, including promoting minorities and women to leadership positions  —  Twitter's workforce is a little more diverse, but still predominantly white and male.  —  Most Silicon Valley tech companies have workforces …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn unveils new desktop site with simpler, app-like look, pop-up messaging window with chatbots, and updated universal search  —  After a short preview in September last year, and the small matter of getting acquired for $26.2 billion by Microsoft, today LinkedIn …

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