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Nicole Kobie / The Outline: The Daily Mail has not been banned from Wikipedia as previously reported, but editors are discouraged from linking to it when better sources exist  —  The digital encyclopedia has no real leadership, doesn't vote, and has no rules.  So how does it govern itself?

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Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal: Elon Musk reveals plans for his startup Neuralink, says initial focus is on developing neural implants for treating brain injuries, to explore telepathy later  —  Startup Neuralink aims to treat disabled and ultimately create a new language of ‘consensual telepathy’

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Yaniv Feldman / Geektime: Sources: Snapchat acquired geofilter patent from defunct Instagram competitor Mobli for $7.7M  —  After 6 years, 86 Million Dollars in funding, a peak of 23 Million users and 4 different products, today marked the what seems to be the final chapter for Mobli, with the sale of one of its patents to Snap Inc.

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Bérénice Magistretti / VentureBeat: Gladly raises $36M Series C led by GGV Capital to help businesses manage customer service across multiple platforms  —  Gladly, which provides software to help businesses deliver better customer service, announced today funding of $36 million, led by GGV Capital.

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James Vincent / The Verge: Samsung's Galaxy Book becomes generally available May 21, starting at $630 for the 10.6" WiFi model, $1,130 for the 12" WiFi model, $1,300 for the 12" LTE model  —  Samsung has announced pricing for the Galaxy Book — its Windows 10-powered competitor to Microsoft's Surface.

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Car sharing service Getaround raises $45M Series C from Toyota and others to expand global partnerships  —  Car sharing service Getaround has raised $45 million in Series C funding, led by a new investor Braemar Energy Ventures, and with participation from Toyota Motor Corp and China's SAIC Motor.

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Michael Nunez / Gizmodo: Plastc, the all-in-one smart payment card that raised $9M+ in preorders and failed to ship any product, says it will file for bankruptcy  —  There are dozens of ways to pay for things, but apparently, the world was not ready for one more.  Plastc, the company that promised to put …

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George Slefo / Ad Age: Google, Microsoft, major ad buyers and publishers coordinating on ad blocking plan, says Coalition for Better Ads' counsel, who expects a rollout by end-of-year  —  The biggest players in advertising and tech are mapping out a strategy to kill off the digital ads that have been deemed as the absolute worst by consumers.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Microsoft launches IoT Central, a service that helps enterprises set up IoT deployments  —  Microsoft is launching IoT Central today, a new Internet of Things (IoT) service that gives enterprises a fully managed solution for setting up their IoT deployments without needing the in-house expertise necessary …

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Jem Aswad / Variety: Spotify signs new licensing deal with Merlin, which represents thousands of indie labels; deal allows new music to be held from free tier for two weeks  —  Spotify cleared another hurdle in the route to its IPO this morning when it announced a multi-year licensing deal with Merlin …

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Shopify debuts its first hardware product, a card reader, available free for new Point of Sale customers, $29 for existing customers  —  Shopify has designed its own hardware for the first time, building out a design team and coming up with a unique approach to thesimple card reader …

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Greg Barbosa / 9to5Mac: Apple releases a JavaScript API for Live Photos, allowing playback on the web  —  Following up on Tumblr's own implementation of Live Photos for the web, Apple has released an official Live Photos JavaScript API.  Developers will be able to use the new API to share Live Photos playback on iOS, macOS, and the web.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft says it will now roll out twice yearly updates for Windows and Office in March and September, starting with “Redstone 3”  —  IT Pros, mark your calendars.  Starting in September 2017 with Windows 10 ‘Redstone 3,’ Microsoft will begin rolling out new feature updates …

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Tony Romm / Recode: FCC removes restrictions on ISPs raising prices for firms that need a dedicated connection, changes how TV station groups calculate their footprint  —  Republican Chairman Ajit Pai delivers some wins for AT&T, Verizon and a few players in the broadcasting industry.

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Matthew Nussbaum / Politico: Trump misses 90-day deadline to publish cybersecurity plan after alleged Russian hacking in the 2016 election; there is little evidence a report is being made  —  He pledged in January to quickly develop a program for countering hackers, but no one seems to know who's in charge of developing it or where it is.

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Peter Kafka / Recode: Source: Oracle will pay more than $850M for digital ad tracking company Moat  —  A big bet on ad tech.  —  Oracle will pay more than $850 million to acquire Moat, a company that tracks digital ads, according to a person familiar with the deal.  —  Oracle announced its planned acquisition earlier …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Google Home now supports multiple users by recognizing the voice of the person speaking; available now in the US and in “coming months” in the UK  —  Up to six people can train Home to recognize their voice  —  Google Home can now be trained to identify the different voices of people you live with.

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Joshua Goldman / CNET: GoPro unveils Fusion, a 5.2K 360-degree spherical VR camera, slated for a commercial release at the end of 2017  —  The spherical camera, called Fusion, is small and wearable, but a lot of other details are a mystery.  —  GoPro's been deep into developing commercial VR capture systems for a couple years now.

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: Sources: Facebook is looking to hire a head of news products to combat fake news, but is having trouble finding someone with media and tech experience  —  The new role is proving hard to fill.  —  Facebook is looking to hire someone to head up its news products, a significant new role charged …

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Cherlynn Low / Engadget: Mastercard begins testing fingerprint sensors on cards in South Africa, plans to roll them out globally by end of 2017  —  Our fingerprints are quickly replacing PINs and passwords as our primary means of unlocking our phones, doors and safes.  They're convenient, unique …

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet: Verizon reports Q1 revenue of $29.81B compared to estimates of $30.4B, with net income of $3.6B, sees net decline of 307K postpaid connections  —  Verizon lost postpaid retail customers in the first quarter, but the damage could have been worse without the launch of Verizon Unlimited.

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Ian Murphy / Enterprise Times: UK Government Report: 46% of UK businesses had a cybersecurity breach in the last year, 67% lack a cybersecurity risk policy, only 24% report breaches to police  —  The 2017 UK Govt produced Cyber Security Breaches Survey is out and it says nothing new.  Across 66 pages it repeats what businesses and the industry already know.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Sapho, which develops a platform for “micro apps” for legacy enterprise software, raises $14M Series B led by Caffeinated Capital  —  In recent years, Microsoft, Facebook and Slack (and many more) have all built new productivity platforms for workers to integrate and communicate …

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Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal: Sources: Google plans to introduce ad-blocking in Chrome, considers blocking all ads on sites with ads that don't meet Coalition for Better Ads' standards  —  Filter could strip out ads that provide bad experiences for users  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google is planning to introduce an ad-blocking feature …

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Elizabeth Weise / USA Today: InterContinental Hotels Group says malware on cash registers at over 1,200 hotels in the US stole customer credit card data between Sept 2016 and Dec 2016  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Front desk cash registers at more than 1,200 hotels in the InterContinental Hotels Group, which includes the Holiday Inn …

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