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March 3, 2017, 5:40 PM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources: Uber has a program to identify enforcement officers and stealthily prevent them from successfully hailing cars, to help drivers avoid sanctions  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Uber has for years engaged in a worldwide program to deceive authorities in markets where its low-cost ride-hailing service …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / CNBC:
NBCUniversal invested $500M in Snap IPO as part of a strategic investment and partnership, making it the only US media company with a stake  —  NBCUniversal, a unit of Comcast and parent of CNBC, invested $500 million in Snap during its IPO as part of a strategic investment and partnership, according to sources.
Heather Somerville / Reuters:
In addition to Snap, Lightspeed's big winners include Nutanix, AppDynamics, and MuleSoft; Lightspeed was also an early investor in The Honest Company and Affirm  —  A decade ago, Lightspeed Venture Partners was an obscure firm investing in highly technical startups that were mostly unknown outside of Silicon Valley.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke's note to employees: Snap investment “builds on our strategy to drive digital growth for our business”  —  Here's a note from CEO Steve Burke.  —  Comcast's NBCUniversal invested $500 million in Snap when it went public this week.
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Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Apple's share of mobile devices shipped to schools has been surpassed by Microsoft and Google in recent years, as cheap Chromebooks and Windows laptops take off  —  Apple is losing its grip on American classrooms, which technology companies have long used to hook students on their brands for life.
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Sources: Amazon is testing Alexa-powered devices that can make phone calls and act as intercoms, may launch new devices this year  —  Alexa is popular, but daily usage is key.  —  Amazon plans to unveil one or more new Alexa-powered devices this year that will allow people to initiate phone calls by voice …
Kate Conger / TechCrunch:
White House taps Michael Kratsios, formerly chief of staff at Thiel Capital, as deputy CTO  —  Peter Thiel has been at Donald Trump's side since the Republican National Convention, guiding the then-candidate on technology policy and brokering a meeting between him and top tech executives.
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Tony Cook / Indianapolis Star:
Mike Pence used an AOL account for sensitive emails when he was governor of Indiana, raising security and transparency concerns; the account was hacked in 2016  —  Vice President Mike Pence reportedly used a private email account to conduct public business, including homeland security matters, while he was governor of Indiana.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Chevrolet offers customers with OnStar Wi-Fi an unlimited 4G LTE data plan via AT&T for $20 per month  —  GM has announced it will be the first automaker to offer users an unlimited data options for owners of the company's LTE-connected automobiles.  If you've tracked in-car connectivity …

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