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February 17, 2017, 5:20 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.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook just changed its mission, because the old one was broken  —  With great power comes long letters  —  Facebook used to repeat its mission statement so often that most tech reporters could recite it from memory: “to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.”
More: TechEye, VentureBeat, Refinery29, and BBCTweets: @mattervc
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
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.
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 …
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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eero:
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IBM:
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