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March 1, 2017, 6:05 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Snap to price its initial public offering at $17 a share, above the $14 to $16 range targeted, giving the company a valuation of nearly $24B  —  Shares set to price at $17 each, valuing firm at $24 billion in biggest U.S. tech debut since Alibaba  —  Snap Inc. is set to price …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Sources: Snap has worked on a drone, but it is unclear if or when the product would be available to consumers  —  Snap has long been known as the maker of Snapchat, an app that sends disappearing messages, photographs and videos.  But over the past few years, the company has repositioned itself as a modern-day camera company.
Dan Frommer / Recode:
Twitter ramps up proactive measures against abusive accounts and now lets users mute specific words from their timelines and mute accounts without profile pics  —  Most importantly, Twitter is speeding up its pace of taking action against harassment.  —  Twitter is announcing a few new anti-harassment features today:
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Sources: Spotify is preparing to launch a lossless version of its streaming service called Spotify Hi-Fi; screenshots show it could be $5 to $10 extra per month  —  The company is A/B testing its pricing strategy on some users  —  Spotify is preparing to launch a lossless audio version …
Leo Kelion / BBC:
Facebook brings suicide prevention tools to Live video and Messenger, begins using AI to spot suicidal users  —  Facebook has begun using artificial intelligence to identify members that may be at risk of killing themselves.  —  The social network has developed algorithms that spot warning signs …
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Nintendo Switch review: amazing portable experience with a great display, but lacks big-name games, has weak software support and lingering hardware issues  —  Hybrid system merges an amazing portable experience with a middling TV console.  —  Since the release of the Game Boy in 1989 …
Blair Hanley Frank / PCWorld:
Microsoft says the Acer Mixed Reality Development Edition tethered headset will ship to devs this month; retail version slated to cost $299  —  The first Windows Mixed Reality headsets will start shipping to developers later this month, as Microsoft works to distribute the Acer Mixed Reality …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Nvidia unveils its top of the line GTX 1080 Ti, available next week for $699, with 11GB of GDDR5X memory, claims it is faster than the $1,200 Titan X  —  Last year we called NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 “the upgrade you've been waiting for,” and now PC gamers have another high-end graphics card to drool over.

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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
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