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February 21, 2017, 5:45 PM

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Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Zuckerberg's manifesto is a sign Facebook's power should be checked  —  It is certainly possible that, as per recent speculation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is preparing to run for President.  It is also possible that Facebook is on the verge of failing “just like MySpace”.
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  —  NEW YORK, NY and SUNNYVALE, CA - Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) today announced that they have amended …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Kubernetes orchestrator now available on Microsoft's Azure Container Service; preview of Windows Server Containers with Kubernetes also available now on ACS  —  It's an open-source love fest: The Kubernetes container cluster manager is now generally available on Microsoft's Azure Container Service.
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 …
Business Insider:
Sources: Snap faced tough questions from potential investors in a meeting Tuesday, focusing on the deceleration of user growth and Facebook's threat  —  Snapchat executives in New York were peppered with questions on Tuesday about competition from Facebook, user growth for the disappearing-message app …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Sources: Jay Z is launching a VC fund, which will partner with Sherpa Capital, though it will have a separate brand, and investments won't be led by Sherpa  —  Rapper and ubiquitous mogul Jay Z is launching a venture capital fund, according to multiple sources.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Instagram hires Kristina Schake, formerly head of communications for Hillary Clinton's campaign and Michelle Obama, as communications chief  —  Kristina Schake is joining Instagram to lead comms, and current comms boss, David Swain, is leaving after almost a decade at Facebook.
More: Axios and AdweekThanks:@thejgr
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.

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