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February 3, 2017, 3:50 PM

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Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
E-mail to OEMs: Google will discontinue Google Now Launcher in the coming weeks  —  Google currently has two launcher apps in the Play Store; Google Now Launcher and Pixel Launcher.  In a few months, there will only be one.  According to an email forwarded to us by a tipster …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
With Chrome 57, Progressive Web Apps will appear in Android's app drawer, settings, more  —  The ambitious goal behind Progressive Web Apps is to allow websites to have the same capabilities and features as a native app, but without the initial download.  Google has been a heavy backer …
Ina Fried / Recode:
LG says it will add enhanced shielding to its 5K monitors to prevent interference with nearby wireless routers; existing displays can be retrofitted  —  The initial models of the fancy display got all glitchy when put near networking gear.  —  LG has found a fix for a problem that left …
Alex Heath / Business Insider:
IPO filing discloses Snapchat paid $158M to oust co-founder Reggie Brown after 2014 settlement  —  Snap cofounders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy will become billionaires overnight when their company goes public at a potential $25 billion valuation.  —  One person who will not share …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Snap commits $2 billion over 5 years for Google Cloud infrastructure  —  Most of today's Snap coverage will be about its revenue and daily average usage numbers, but there was one small tidbit that emerged that will mean big business for the company's cloud infrastructure partner, Google.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
FCC closes investigations into T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast sponsored-data offerings  —  Under recently departed chief Tom Wheeler, the FCC opened inquiries into how companies might be using free data programs, which allow customers to use some services without them counting to a data plan limit …
More: Reuters and Phone Scoop
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon now has more than 341K employees after adding 110K people in 2016 alone; CTO cites increase of fulfillment capacity by 30% for driving headcount  —  Amazon added more than 110,000 employees during the past year, topping 341,000 people as of the end of 2016 thanks largely …
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Dropcam co-founder Aamir Virani, who left Nest in 2015, joins early-stage venture firm Felicis Ventures  —  Last week, we learned that Dropcam cofounder Greg Duffy has headed overto Apple.  Today, Felicis Ventures, the early-stage venture firm, is disclosing it has brought aboard Dropcam's other cofounder …
Gwen Ackerman / Bloomberg:
Viber appoints Djamel Agaoua as CEO as company prepares new platform strategy for March launch  —  CEO Djamel Agaoua wants company to be ‘quicker and faster’  —  Viber to launch platform with new features in March: Agaoua  —  The newly named chief of Japanese retailer Rakuten Inc.'s …
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