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February 23, 2017, 10:00 AM

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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 …
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
FCC opens up 5 GHz spectrum band to unlicensed LTE use, certifies equipment from Ericsson and Nokia  —  T-Mobile will start employing new tech starting in spring  —  The FCC is opening up the 5 GHz spectrum band to unlicensed LTE use in a move that will boost spectrum sharing and wireless broadband.
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Google's Jigsaw unveils Perspective, an AI-powered tool for publishers to weed out abuse from online comments, available as an API for free  —  A research team tied to Google unveiled a new tool on Thursday that could have a profound effect on how we talk to each other online.
Maciej Cegłowski / Idle Words:
Internet services companies should offer a “travel mode” that limits contacts and history to a minimal subset, to protect users from invasive searches at border  —  News reports tell us that Customs and Border Patrol has become more aggressive about checking social media accounts at the border.
Politico:
Sources: White House Chief Digital Officer Gerrit Lansing out after failing FBI background check; one source says failure was due to investment issues  —  White House Chief Digital Officer Gerrit Lansing was among the six staffers who were dismissed from the White House last week after being unable …
TechCrunch:
Airbnb confirms deal to buy social payments startup Tilt; sources characterize the deal as acqui-hire as most of the money is being spent on retaining the team  —  February 22, 2017Feb 23, 2017, 6:27 am  —  Airbnb has finalized its deal to buy social payments startup Tilt, TechCrunch has confirmed.
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.
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 …
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 …

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