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Chris Welch / The Verge: What to expect at MWC 2017: unveil of LG G6, Huawei flagship P10 phone and new watch, Blackberry “Mercury” made by TCL, new Nokia phones, Samsung Tab S3, more  —  So many new phones  —  It's time for the annual trip to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2017.

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New York Times: Sources: autonomous Uber was driving itself when it ran a red light in San Francisco, though Uber claimed “human error”  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Late last year, Uber, in defiance of California state regulators, went ahead with a self-driving car experiment on the streets …

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Ryan Whitwam / Android Police: Google is shutting down Spaces, its experimental group messaging app, on April 17, will make app read-only on March  —  After nine months of existence, Google is throwing in the towel on group messaging app Spaces.  It's going read-only on March 3rd and will be completely offline on April 17th.

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Ryan Lackey / octal: Cloudflare's Cloudbleed may have exposed user authentication info and credentials; sites hosted by Cloudflare should consider prompting users to reset passwords  —  Tavis Ormandy (Tavis Ormandy) of Google's Project Zero uncovered a major vulnerability in the Cloudflare Internet infrastructure service.

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Ina Fried / Axios: Sources: Apple, eBay, IBM, Microsoft, PayPal, Salesforce, and others preparing to file brief in favor of transgender rights in SCOTUS case due next month  —  A number of leading tech firms plan to file a brief in favor of transgender rights in a case due to be heard next month in the Supreme Court, Axios has learned.

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Online finance startup SoFi raises $500M from Silver Lake, SoftBank, and others, bringing total equity raised to $1.9B  —  Online finance startup SoFi got its start refinancing student loans but gradually has been adding other services to members.  To expand into new regions and move closer …

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Priya Anand / BuzzFeed: Uber women confront CEO Travis Kalanick in leaked audio from Thursday meeting with 100+ female engineers  —  Uber CEO Travis Kalanick joined a group of more than 100 female engineers on Thursday to discuss the explosive allegations of sexual harassment and sexism recently leveled against the ride-hailing company.

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Lauren Goode / The Verge: LG Watch Sport review: great fitness features, workout apps run directly on the smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0, but it is huge and extremely ill-fitting  —  A good fitness tracker — if you can stand to wear it  —  If you're considering the LG Watch Sport as a health-and-fitness tracking sport watch, I won't blame you.

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Katie Benner / New York Times: Sources: early Snap investor Lightspeed added terms effectively giving it veto power over later investments; Snap founders tightened grip on company in response  —  When Snap goes public next month, one of the biggest winners will be Lightspeed Venture Partners.

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Erin Griffith / Fortune: Sources: Roku in advanced discussions to raise $200M at a post-money valuation of ~$1.5B  —  This article first appeared in Term Sheet, Fortune's newsletter about deals and dealmakers.  Sign up here.  —  Roku is in advanced discussions to raise at least $200 million in new funding …

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Messaging platform provider Layer acquires text messaging app Cola, raises $15M Series B led by Greycroft Partners  —  Layer, the messaging platform that won TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield back in 2013, is making two big announcement today: It's raised $15 million in Series B funding, and it's acquiring another startup, Cola.

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Kevin McLaughlin / The Information: Source: Amazon considers bundling upgraded WorkMail, WorkDocs, and Chime apps to offer AWS productivity app suite to compete with G Suite and Office 365  —  Amazon Web Services dominates the market for cloud server and storage services and has made inroads in other enterprise technologies like databases.

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Bérénice Magistretti / VentureBeat: Open source compliance firm Fossa raises $2.2M seed round led by Bain Capital, with participation from Marc Benioff and YouTube co-founder Steve Chen  —  Open source code can be a nightmare for engineers who are developing software.  Fossa, which announced today a seed round of $2.2 million …

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David Pierce / Wired: Google announces more carrier support for its implementation of RCS, rebrands Messenger to Android Messages, makes app default on phones from LG, ZTE, others  —  When text messaging was simple, SMS worked beautifully.  You could send 160 characters to anyone with a cellphone, and they'd receive it the same way they would a phone call.

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John Mannes / TechCrunch: K2 Global announces new $183M fund focused on early stage startups aiming to expand globally  —  K2 Global is announcing a $183 million venture capital fund targeted at early stage startups with global aspirations.  The fund is closing significantly larger than the $58 million the firm initially raised.

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Ryan Smith / AnandTech: Samsung announces Exynos 9 8895, a 10nm octa-core SoC with dual-camera system support; integrated Samsung LTE modem supports 1 Gbps downloads, 150 Mbps uploads  —  Even though Mobile World Congress doesn't kick off for another few days, Samsung isn't wasting any time in getting started.

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch: Apple says iOS 10.2.1 reduced unexpected shutdowns of some iPhone 6, 6s devices by 70%+  —  Over the past couple of iPhone versions users have complained of “unexpected” shutdowns of their devices.  Some iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus and 6s Plus devices could basically go dark unexpectedly …

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Cloudflare fixes bug from September 2016 that leaked private user info, says search engine caches have now been cleared of sensitive info  —  Service used by 5.5 million websites may have leaked passwords and authentication tokens.  —  Cloudflare, a service that helps optimize the security …

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Shelly Hagan / Bloomberg: Tech giants including Alphabet, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Yahoo criticize Trump's reversal of protections for transgender students  —  Companies from Apple to Lyft have issued statements following the administration's announcement on Wednesday.  —  by

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Johana Bhuiyan / Recode: Alphabet's Waymo sues Otto and owner Uber for stealing trade secrets, unfair competition, and patent infringement, claiming Otto founder took LiDAR designs  —  The Alphabet subsidiary is accusing its former employee, Otto co-founder Anthony Levandowski, of downloading 14,000 confidential files before he left the company.

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Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet: HPE misses Q1 estimates with $11.4B revenue, down 10% YoY, as main units, including Servers and Networking, decline; stock down 6%+  —  HPE's Q1 revenue was $11.4 billion, down 10 percent from a year ago.  —  Hewlett-Packard Enterprise is taking a hit after hours after the company revealed …

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Mitch & Freada Kapor: Early Uber investors Mitch and Freada Kapor speak out after private appeals reached a “dead end”, say current Uber investigation team is too conflicted  —  By now a staggering number of people recognize the name of Susan Fowler and have read some account of her experiences of sexism …

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: FCC votes to lift transparency requirements, such as disclosing network performance and data caps, for ISPs with under 250K subscribers  —  The newly Republican-controlled FCC took its first steps to scale back net neutrality today by voting to lift transparency requirements from smaller internet providers.

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Rishi Iyengar / CNNMoney: Source: Indian e-commerce firm Snapdeal lays off 600+ staff, around 7.5% of its workforce, in bid to turn a profit, as company's founders take a 100% pay cut  —  This India startup competes with Amazon  —  The top two executives at one of India's biggest startups are giving up their salaries.

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Jillian Stampher / GeekWire: Google.org announces $11.5M in grants to 10 organizations focused on racial equality in the justice system, including $5M to create database of police actions  —  Google has committed $11.5 million in grants to organizations working to reduce racial inequalities in the criminal justice system …

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