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March 8, 2017, 1:20 PM

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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 …
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
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  —  Sources tell us that Google is acquiring Kaggle, a platform that hosts data science and machine learning competitions.
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.
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 …
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.
FUSE Labs at Microsoft Research:
Microsoft says its So.cl social network will shut down March 15  —  Socl has been a wonderful outlet for creative expression, as well as a place to enjoy a supportive community of like-minded people, sharing and learning together.  In supporting you, Socl's unique community of creators …
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.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Sources: Tinder has a members-only version called Tinder Select for its top users, with participation by invitation  —  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, super models …

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