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February 13, 2017, 10:00 PM

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Maps lets you save and share favorite places with launch of Lists, which can be public, private, or shared with a link  —  Google Maps is today rolling out a new feature to all users on iOS and Android devices that will allow you to make lists of places that you can star, save and share with friends.
Bloomberg:
Sources: large payouts awarded to veteran members of Google's self-driving unit in 2015 preceded a talent exodus  —  ‘F-you money’ awarded to veteran team members boosted parent Alphabet's R&D costs, prompting comment from the company's CFO  —  For the past year, Google's car project …
Song Su-hyun / The Korea Heald:
Sources: Samsung Display won an Apple order for 60M OLED panels, worth about $4.35B, adding to a deal struck last April to supply 100M OLED panels  —  Samsung Display has received a display panel order from Apple for an additional 5 trillion won ($4.35 billion) in organic light-emitting diodes.
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
Apple joins the Wireless Power Consortium, which promotes the Qi wireless charging standard  —  Long-running rumors that Apple will add wireless charging to the iPhone 8 have been lent additional weight with the news that the company has joined an industry group devoted to wireless power.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Verizon launches “unlimited” plan at $80/mo. for one device or $45/mo. per device for four lines, with 10GB of 4G LTE tethering; throttling starts at 22GB/line  —  Verizon today introduced its first unlimited data plan since 2011.  Verizon Unlimited, which includes unlimited talk …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Yik Yak's lead mobile developer publishes group messaging app Hive to App Store and Google Play, possibly signalling pivot for the company  —  Yak to the drawing board  —  In the weeks before it laid off most of its staff, Yik Yak employees believed the company was back on the right track.
More: TechCrunch and Axios
Gabriel Snyder / Wired:
Inside NYT's digital transformation: luring subscribers via Beta Group's vertical apps, a Facebook chatbot, live video, VR, and more on top of strong journalism  —  Arthur Gregg Sulzberger doesn't remember the first time he visited the family business.  He was young, he says, no older than 6 …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook is in talks with record labels about licensing their music, focusing on how to prevent copyright violations in user-generated videos  —  Social network seeks accord for user videos, and possibly more  —  Music clips could lure ads away from $70 billion TV industry

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