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February 21, 2017, 1:05 PM

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Verizon Communications Inc.:
Verizon and Yahoo reduce price of acquisition deal by $350M, now valued at about $4.48B, and will evenly split cost of data breaches  —  Media contact(s) T. 908-559-6388 media@yahoo-inc.com … NEW YORK, NY and SUNNYVALE, CA - Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Yahoo! Inc. …
Mike Wuerthele / AppleInsider:
Apple files 14-point appeal against European Commission's $14B tax edict, says the company's European HQ in Cork, Ireland was set up in accordance with the law  —  Apple has filed its appeal with the European court of appeals, all declaring that the European Commission's decision to levy $14 billion …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
TransferWise launches Facebook Messenger bot for global money transfers from US, Europe, Australia, and Canada  —  International money transfer service TransferWise has introduced a new Facebook Messenger bot, letting customers send money and create rate alerts directly from within Facebook Messenger.
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Uber CEO Kalanick tells staff in memo that former US AG Eric Holder has been hired to probe sexism allegations, and Uber will begin publishing diversity reports  —  The car-hailing company has tried to move quickly to quell the outrage over blog that alleges rampant sexism.
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
KGI: Apple's 2017 OLED iPhone to have front-facing camera with 3D sensing abilities; depth sensing could be used in facial recognition and games  —  The rumored “iPhone 8” with an edge-to-edge OLED display will gain a “revolutionary” front-facing camera system that consists of three modules …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook-owned WhatsApp launches Status, an encrypted Snapchat Stories clone  —  WhatsApp could put the brakes on Snapchat's international growth with today's launch of WhatsApp Status, a new tab for sharing decorated photos, videos and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours.
Amar Toor / The Verge:
Harris Poll: Samsung's reputation drops to #49 among US consumers, from #3 in 2016, following Note7 fiasco, as Amazon tops list for second consecutive year  —  Korean smartphone maker ranks 49th in annual reputation ratings, after coming in third in 2016  —  Samsung's reputation among US …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Overcast version 3 released, bringing new UI, easier navigation, and queue feature to the popular iOS podcast player  —  Overcast 3 is now available, and it's a huge update, mostly in the design and flow of the interface.  I've been working on it since last summer, informed by over two years of testing, usage, and customer feedback.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft strikes exclusive cloud deal with Flipkart, Amazon's biggest online retail rival in India, as a first step in a broader strategic partnership  —  Flipkart, the top online marketplace in India, has agreed to adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform …

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