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March 9, 2017, 3:30 PM

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google splits Hangouts into Chat, a Slack-like service available via Google's early access program, and Meet, for audio and video conferencing, available now  —  Google's messaging strategy can be confusing, but if there's one thing that's clear after today's Cloud Next keynote …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Google updates Drive with business-focused features, including Drive File Stream, Team Drives, Google Vault, Quick Access, more  —  At its Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco today, Google is announcing several updates to Google Drive, its cloud-based file syncing and sharing service.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook rolls out Messenger Day, its Snapchat Stories-like ephemeral messaging feature located inside the Messenger app and desktop chats  —  Today Facebook is globally launching Messenger Day to put a utilitarian spin on the slideshow format.  While Snapchat Stories is for retelling what you've done …
Lauren Thomas / CNBC:
Airbnb raises $1B at a $31B valuation; source says the firm has no plans for IPO anytime soon, was profitable in Q2 2016 and expects to be profitable in 2017  —  Airbnb has closed on a more than $1 billion round of funding, according to a source close to the company.  It is now worth approximately $31 billion.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Google's Firebase adds support for Google Cloud Functions and gets closer integration with Google Cloud Storage  —  At its Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco today, Google is announcing updates to its Firebase portfolio of mobile-oriented cloud services.
Michael Crider / Android Police:
Some Pixel and Pixel XL owners are experiencing failing microphones; Google recommends warranty replacements  —  When the customer threads over on the Google Support Forum start to get hundreds of replies deep, you know there's a serious problem afoot.  This one is affecting the Pixel and Pixel XL …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Google says its 55-inch 4K digital whiteboard, Jamboard, will be be available in May for $4,999 with a $600 annual support fee  —  Much cheaper than Microsoft's version  —  Google's Jamboard, a giant 4K digital whiteboard designed for workplace collaboration, is getting a price tag of $4,999 and a release date sometime this May.
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Napier Lopez / The Next Web:
Report: WhatsApp testing chat tools to let businesses talk to customers as a source of revenue, conducting an early trial with a group of Y Combinator companies  —  WhatsApp has begun testing a system that allows businesses to message consumers directly, according to a report by Reuters.
Joe Sullivan / Uber Global:
Uber security chief says the company is reviewing Greyball technology and will prohibit using it to evade regulators  —  We wanted to give everyone an update on “greyballing”.  This technology is used to hide the standard city app view for individual riders, enabling Uber to show that same rider a different version.

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