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December 15, 2017, 5:10 PM

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Shruthi Muraleedharan / Facebook:
Facebook debuts Snooze, a News Feed feature to temporarily unfollow a person, Page, or group for 30 days  —  One of our core News Feed values is giving people more control.  Today, we're launching Snooze, which will give you the option to temporarily unfollow a person, Page or group for 30 days.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Apple says iTunes won't be available in the Windows 10 app store by the end of 2017, as originally planned; new timeline for release is unclear  —  Sorry, Windows 10 S users.  Apple confirms that iTunes won't make it into the Microsoft Store this year, as Microsoft and Apple originally promised.
Tony Romm / Recode:
A coalition of state attorneys general, led by the New York AG, pledges to sue the FCC for repealing net neutrality rules  —  States like Washington and New York are gearing up to fight the FCC's recent repeal.  —  The United States is about to go to war with itself over net neutrality.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Responses from nine ISPs show few firm commitments to not block, throttle, or prioritize certain data after FCC repeals net neutrality rules  —  Lots of talk, little promise  —  The FCC voted to put an end to net neutrality, giving internet providers free rein to deliver service at their own discretion.
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Nikhil Chandhok / The Keyword:
Google releases ARCore Developer Preview 2 and says it is ending support for Project Tango  —  Augmented reality is a powerful way to bring the physical and digital worlds together.  AR places digital objects and useful information into the real world around us, which creates a huge opportunity …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
As AOL Instant Messenger shuts down today after 20 years, readers reminisce about the heyday of instant messaging  —  Ars readers reminisce about the heyday of instant messaging.  —  Today, America Online Instant Messenger, better known by its acronym, AIM, went dark after more than two decades of faithful service.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
BlackBerry says it will shutter its World app store on Dec. 31, 2019 and Playbook video calling in March 2018; BB10 gets 2+ years of additional support  —  BlackBerry is finally sharing plans for its legacy software and services.  The BlackBerry World app store is going away on December 31 …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Huawei and Xiaomi are in talks with US carriers, including AT&T and Verizon, to start selling smartphones in the US as soon as next year  —  Huawei, Xiaomi in talks with carriers to expand to U.S. market  —  Apple has lost significant China marketshare to local makers
Bret Kinsella / Voicebot:
Voicebot.ai analysis shows Amazon Alexa has 25K skills in the US, up from 15K in July and 10K in March, as growth slows  —  Amazon has been touting 25,000 Alexa skills for a couple of months now.  That is accurate on a global basis.  However, some skills are only available in particular markets.
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Vevo CEO Erik Huggers is stepping down; CFO Alan Price will be interim CEO while the company is looking for new leadership  —  Erik Huggers is stepping down as the president and CEO of the major-label-owned music video platform Vevo, the company announced Friday.
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Sources: SoftBank has been in talks to invest up to $300M in dog-walking app Wag, which raised $40M just eight months ago  —  It shows how SoftBank has affected funding amounts in Silicon Valley.  —  SoftBank has been in talks to invest as much as $300 million in the dog-walking app Wag …
Davide Ghiglione / Financial Times:
Italy's tax agency says Amazon to pay €100M to settle outstanding tax claims covering the period between 2011 and 2015  —  Italy's tax agency - known as Agenzia delle Entrate - said it reached an agreement with Amazon to settle outstanding tax claims covering the period between 2011 and 2015.

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