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March 9, 2017, 9:40 AM

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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 …
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.
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.
Joe Sullivan / Uber Global:
Uber security chief says 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.
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:
Didi Chuxing opens AI lab in Mountain View, California, and hires Uber engineer Charlie Miller to lead security and development teams  —  The Mountain View lab will focus on AI-based security and intelligent driving systems for cars.  —  Didi, China's largest ride-hail player, is getting serious about self-driving cars.
TechCrunch:
Amazon acquires meeting productivity startup Do.com, plans to integrate it into Chime, its new conferencing tool for businesses  —  Mar 8, 2017, 3:05 amMar 8, 2017, 7:51 am  —  Amazon has quietly made one more acquisition to build out the productivity services on its cloud platform AWS.
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Messenger Day launches as a Snapchat Stories clone for making plans, rolls out globally today at the top of the chat app and in desktop chats  —  Today Facebook is globally launching Messenger Day to put a utilitarian spin on the slideshow format.  While Snapchat Stories is for retelling …
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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.

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