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March 8, 2017, 11:15 AM

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TechCrunch:
Sources: Google is acquiring Kaggle, a platform with ~500K data scientists, which hosts data science and machine learning competitions and has raised $12.75M  —  Frederic Lardinois, John Mannes and Matthew Lynley  —  Sources tell us that Google is acquiring Kaggle, a platform that hosts data science and machine learning competitions.
Bloomberg:
Microsoft partners with Qualcomm and Cavium to develop Windows for servers using ARM processors, has been testing it in Azure for search, storage, more  —  The software maker seeks to cut costs in its Azure cloud business by developing new hardware  —  Microsoft Corp. is committing …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft announces general availability of Visual Studio 2017, which focuses on multi-platform development and is more modular, says new IDE is faster to use  —  Microsoft this morning released Visual Studio 2017, the latest version of its integrated development environment …
Steve Ranger / ZDNet:
Mozilla releases Firefox 52 with WebAssembly, a new standard that lets web apps run in a browser at near-native speeds, disables all NPAPI plugins except Flash  —  New version of Firefox should run complex apps much faster in the browser, but dropping support for some plug-ins could be an issue for Google Hangout fans.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Sources: Tinder has a members-only version called Tinder Select for its top users, with participation by invitation only  —  Tinder has been operating a members-only version of the platform called Tinder Select, which is meant to serve only the elite users on the app, including CEOs …
Oriana Schwindt / Variety:
BBC Worldwide and ITV's joint streaming service, BritBox, launches in the US for $7/month, available on web, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices  —  BritBox, the streaming child of British media giants BBC Worldwide and ITV, has officially launched stateside.
DL Cade / PetaPixel:
Flickr Adds ‘Similarity Search’ to Help You Discover Visually Similar Photos  —  Despite its uncertain future, Flickr continues to add features, doing their best to remain a relevant part of today's photo sharing landscape.  Their latest update adds something called “similarity search” …
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Nvidia unveils Jetson TX2 Pascal-powered AI board computer; pre-order dev kit for $599, or the module from $399, shipping Q2  —  For a few years now, NVIDIA has been offering their line of Jetson embedded system kits.  Originally launched using Tegra K1 in 2014, the first Jetson was designed …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
John Steele, the lawyer behind Prenda Law pleads guilty to fraud and money laundering, admits he made $6M+ by defrauding internet users  —  Disgraced lawyer made $6 million filing lawsuits over porn—some of which he filmed.  —  One of the attorneys behind the Prenda Law “copyright trolling” …
WikiLeaks:
WikiLeaks releases 8,761 alleged CIA classified docs and files from 2013-2016 describing malware, zero-day exploits for iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Linux  —  , WikiLeaks begins its new series of leaks on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.  Code-named “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks …
Ewen MacAskill / The Guardian:

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