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March 8, 2017, 5:55 PM

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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Google announces it has bought Kaggle, a platform with ~500K data scientists, which hosts data science and machine learning competitions and has raised $12.75M  —  Google today said it is acquiring Kaggle, an online service that hosts data science and machine learning competitions …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google debuts Cloud Video Intelligence API, letting developers analyze and catalog the contents of video  —  At its Cloud Next conference in San Francisco, Google today announced the launch of a new machine learning API for automatically recognizing objects in videos and making them searchable.
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Google debuts Engineering Support for cloud services, charging a flat fee based on response time; plans start at $100/user per month for 4-8 hour response time  —  Google is famous in the tech industry for the effectiveness of its reliability engineers who keep its search and other products running smoothly.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Nest is working on a cheaper sub-$200 thermostat with individual room control, a home security alarm system, and a digital doorbell  —  Nest, the pioneer of the iPhone-like digital thermostat, is readying several new products in its quest to modernize the home.  —  by
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 …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Pinterest acquires Q&A service Jelly, which pivoted and unpivoted over its 4-year life, and whose co-founder Biz Stone is a Pinterest angel investor  —  Jelly rolls  —  Pinterest said today that it has acquired Jelly, a bad 4-year-old search engine, for an undisclosed sum.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches Facebook 360, a hub for 360-degree photos and videos available only on Samsung Gear VR  —  Facebook has devoted major resources and billions of dollars to virtual reality, but there has been a pretty clear line between what happens in the main Facebook app and what happens on the Oculus Rift and Gear VR.
Arlene Gabriana Murillo / Facebook Code:
Facebook refreshes server line, with design specs available on Open Compute, debuting Big Basin, a GPU server that can train ML models 30% larger than before  —  With people watching more than 100 million hours of video every day on Facebook, 95-plus million photos and videos being posted …
Ellen Huet / Bloomberg:
Instacart raises $400M, valuing the firm at $3.4B, led by Sequoia Capital with participation from a16z, Khosla Ventures, Thrive Capital, KPCB, more  —  The online grocery delivery startup is looking to pinch pennies, starting with bottle deposit fees.  —  by  —  Apoorva Mehta is thinking a lot about bottle deposits.
Steve Ranger / ZDNet:
Mozilla debuts 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.

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