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February 17, 2017, 9:25 PM

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Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Sources: SoftBank is considering renewing T-Mobile US merger talks in April, may cede control of Sprint  —  Japan's SoftBank Group Corp is prepared to give up control of Sprint Corp to Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile US Inc to clinch a merger of the two U.S. wireless carriers, according to people familiar with the matter.
Emily Tan / Campaign UK:
YouTube will discontinue 30-second unskippable ads in 2018  —  Starting next year, YouTube will stop allowing the 30-second unskippable ad and will focus instead on shorter formats.  YouTube to stop 30-second unskippable ads In an official statement, Google explained that its aim is to provide …
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
HTC to exit entry-level phone market this year but will continue to support current models; its focus is shifting to high-end, high-margin devices  —  HTC plans to exit the entry-level phone market moving forward and will instead focus its handset portfolio on high-margin devices.
The Economic Times:
Sources: Apple will start assembling iPhone SE in India at contract manufacturer Wistron's plant in Bengaluru starting April  —  NEW DELHI: Apple will kick off its India manufacturing plans by initially assembling 3-4 lakh units of its iPhone SE model at the Karnataka plant being set …
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.”
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
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TetraVue raises $10M Series A from Bosch, Samsung, Foxconn, others to bring high-density 3D flash LIDAR technology to self-driving cars  —  Series A funding led by Robert Bosch and Nautilus to bring high-density flash lidar to self-driving cars.  —  California-based TetraVue is the latest developer …

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