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February 22, 2017, 9:55 PM

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Apple:
Apple's new 175-acre “Apple Park” campus will open in April; 12K+ staff to move in over six months; the 1K-seat auditorium will be named the Steve Jobs Theater  —  Theater to Be Named for Steve Jobs  —  Cupertino, California — Apple today announced that Apple Park …
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Leaked documents show how Palantir's tools for analyzing big data, made with help from staffers of intelligence agencies, became integral to NSA, GCHQ, others  —  Donald Trump has inherited the most powerful machine for spying ever devised.  How this petty, vengeful man might wield and expand …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Interviews with 30+ current and former Uber employees depict an unrestrained work culture; Uber also faces 3+ lawsuits over sexual harrassment or verbal abuse  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When new employees join Uber, they are asked to subscribe to 14 core company values, including making bold bets …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft updates Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps with Focused Inbox, @mentions for adding contacts to email threads, package delivery information, more  —  Microsoft is updating its Mail and Calendar apps for Windows 10 today with some features that the company has been using in its mobile apps.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
AMD launches flagship Ryzen 8-core desktop CPUs, pre-orderable today, available March 2, starting at $329  —  AMD is back in the performance game... finally.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Oasis' smash hit “Wonderwall” was playing as the throng of journalists assembled in the ballroom of a Grand Hyatt hotel …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Verizon will test 5G service in 11 cities by mid-2017 as a replacement for home or office broadband  —  The company plans to offer 5G to some customers in 11 cities by midyear.  It's not full mobile wireless.  Instead it's a replacement for fixed broadband.  —  We're slowly inching toward a super-connected 5G world.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram will open up carousel posts, with up to 10 photos and videos, to all users in the coming weeks  —  Instagram wants you to share a more complete picture of your experiences in its classic feed, not just its Snapchat Stories clone.  Today, Instagram launches the ability to share …
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Waze plans to expand ride-sharing service to several US cities and Latin America over the next few months  —  The growth of Waze's carpool service puts Alphabet Inc.'s Google more directly in competition with Uber  —  Google is planning to dramatically expand a carpool service …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Filing: Fitbit acquired Pebble's talent and intellectual property for $23M, well below reported price of $30-40M  —  Wearable device company Fitbit today disclosed that it paid $23 million to acquire smartwatch maker Pebble in the fourth quarter of 2016.  —  That's lower than previous estimates …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Twitter to let businesses create personalized profiles for customer service agents, adding their name and photograph to DMs with customers  —  Twitter is once again tinkering with direct messages, this time to let brands show customers that they're communicating with a human, not an automated bot.

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Microsoft:
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Internet Association:
Here They Come: A Look At The Future Of Cities In The Internet Age  —  The purpose of the report is to highlight and draw lessons from cities that are actively pursuing a greater integration of technology into their economies, environments, and policymaking.
Zoho:
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