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February 17, 2017, 9:40 AM

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Open letter outlining Facebook's attempts to build a more inclusive community, including improving tools for reporting abuse, squashing misleading stories, more  —  On our journey to connect the world, we often discuss products we're building and updates on our business.
Jungah Lee / Bloomberg:
Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee arrested on charges of bribery, perjury, and embezzlement, after last month's arrest warrant request failed  —  Court accepts prosecutor's second request of Lee's arrest  —  Lee faces allegations of bribery, perjury and embezzlement
Recode:
Alphabet reduces the amount of balloons needed to test Loon from 200-400 to 10-30 using AI and an improved system for altitude control and navigation  —  The Loon project says these advancements shorten their timeline for deployment.  —  Loon, the balloon project that aims to deliver internet …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
An inside look at why Apple has failed to revolutionize TV as it tests fifth-generation Apple TV, which sources say can stream ultra-high-definition 4K video  —  The company is testing a new Apple TV capable of streaming ultra-high-definition 4K.  It may not be enough to take on Amazon and Roku.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
AT&T debuts $100/mo “unlimited” data plan that doesn't require DirecTV subscription, but speed is throttled after 22GB usage; additional lines cost $40/mo each  —  AT&T on Thursday announced an expanded version of its unlimited data plan that does not require an additional subscription to a pay-TV service.
John Herrman / New York Times:
How a hands-off culture and tangible rewards for attention led to the PewDiePie scandal on YouTube, a platform with its own emerging politics  —  Felix Kjellberg, known to his fans as PewDiePie, is by far YouTube's biggest star.  His videos, a mix of video-game narration, humorous rants and commentary …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Home adds the ability to buy products via voice from select Google Express partners  —  The Google Assistant on Google Home is getting a new feature today that may sound rather familiar to anybody who has ever owned an Amazon Echo.  You can now use your Home to order everyday essentials …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces WWDC 2017 will be held June 5-9 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, the first WWDC outside SF since 2002; registration opens March 27  —  Apple has announced it is holding WWDC 2017 from June 5th to June 9th, with a big change from previous years …
Olivia Zaleski / Bloomberg:
Airbnb buys Canadian company Luxury Retreats; sources say the price was about $300M in cash and stock, and Luxury Retreats rebuffed Expedia and Accor bids  —  Airbnb said to have been in talks to offer $300 million  —  High-end rentals encroach on Expedia and Priceline's turf
Alex Heath / Business Insider:
Tinder acquires Wheel, a collaborative video messaging app that functions similarly to Snapchat's Live Stories  —  Tinder is making a push into video with the acquisition of Wheel, a collaborative video messaging app that functions similarly to Snapchat's “Live Stories” format.

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Google Cloud:
What does the future of cloud computing hold  —  and what does this mean for businesses?  We looked at the data, talked to luminaries, and listened to customers across the world.  Here's what they said.
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.
Mattermost:
The ultimate guide to team messaging for developers  —  Modern collaboration platforms make dev teams more efficient, but only if you use them well.  Learn how with our guide to developer messaging.

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