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March 9, 2017, 1:05 PM

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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.
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 …
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.
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.
More: GeekWire
Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez / The San Francisco Examiner:
California DMV grants Uber a limited permit to test two Volvo XC90 self-driving cars  —  They're back.  —  After a public tussle with tech titan Uber, the California Department of Vehicles today granted a permit for the ride-hail company to test self-driving cars in California.
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.
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:

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