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March 1, 2017, 2:40 PM

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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:
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.
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 …
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  —  Microsoft unveiled the first Windows Mixed Reality headset Wednesday, and an early look at a prototype version of the hardware shows promise, along with room for improvement.
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 …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
YouTube debuts YouTube TV, a $35/month service including broadcast networks, about 30 cable channels, cloud DVR with unlimited storage, personal recommendations  —  Meet YouTube TV.  —  YouTube used to be the place you could watch almost anything you wanted, for free.
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.
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says he's seeking “leadership help” in note apologizing for how he treated a driver in leaked video  —  Kalanick responded to a video that surfaced today of him yelling at an Uber driver.  —  Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has issued yet another apology …
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Cromwell Schubarth / Silicon Valley Business Journal:
Palo Alto Networks misses expectations with Q2 revenue of $423M and a loss of $60.6M, up from $57.3M last year; stock down about 18% after hours  —  A disappointing second quarter report sent shares of Palo Alto Networks down by as much as 18 percent Tuesday in after-hours trading.

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