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January 23, 2017, 7:20 PM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google Voice rolls out revamped design to Android, iOS, and web, adds support for MMS photos, more  —  Will Google follow through on its commitment to regular updates?  —  Google just announced the new and improved Google Voice that the company teased a few weeks ago.
Sprint:
Sprint buys 33% of Jay Z's TIDAL streaming music service, “will make TIDAL available” to its 45M customers; Jay Z and the artist-owners will still run TIDAL  —  TIDAL and its artists to deliver exclusive content to help Sprint acquire new customers, reward current customers
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Samsung is sticking with the Note branding for Note7's successor, despite the ongoing negative publicity from battery explosions  —  Despite the enormous baggage that comes with the Note name, Samsung believes loyal customers will flock back to a new Note.  —  Josh Miller
Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Samsung says it won't unveil Galaxy S8 smartphone at Mobile World Congress, suggesting the flagship may launch later than last year's version  —  Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it will not unveil its Galaxy S8 smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show this year …
Samsung Global Newsroom:
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
President Trump designates net neutrality opponent Ajit Pai as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission  —  Donald Trump has elevated Ajit Pai to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, giving control over the agency to a reliable conservative who's been opposed to pretty …
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
All Chromebooks debuting in 2017 and beyond will run Android apps  —  The Play Store is on its way to even more Chromebooks.  —  Less than a year ago, Google announced that the Play Store and Android apps would be supported on Chromebooks.  Now the company has made this feature a guarantee …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Instagram founder Kevin Systrom and Head of Product Kevin Weil explain the bevy of new features launched in 2016, many of which were inspired by Snapchat  —  How Kevin Systrom got over minimalism and snapped into building mode.  —  Toward the tail end of 2015, Kevin Systrom, the CEO of Instagram …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative acquires science search engine Meta and will make its tool free in a few months, after enhancing the product  —  Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan's $45 billion philanthropy organization is making its first acquisition in order to make it easier for scientists to search …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Snapchat updates rules to restrict publishers from posting explicit or misleading images, and links to potentially fake news, says all content must be accurate  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On Snapchat last week, MTV published an article with the headline “Is this the thirstiest person on earth?”
Tess Townsend / Recode:
New York Times Deputy Tech Editor Quentin Hardy leaving to become the head of editorial for Google Cloud  —  He announced on Twitter Monday that he will be head of editorial for Google Cloud.  —  New York Times deputy tech editor Quentin Hardy is heading to Google.

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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