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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Sources: Apple quietly acquired iCloud.net; the Asian social network using the site will shut down  —  It looks like Apple has finally picked up one of the last remaining pieces of internet property linked to one of its key service brands: the iPhone and Mac giant has quietly taken over ownership of iCloud.net, TechCrunch has learned.

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Hayley Ringle / Phoenix Business Journal: Uber begins testing self-driving cars in Tempe, Arizona, with more than a dozen Volvos available to riders  —  Uber Technologies Inc. officially kicked off its self-driving pilot program today in Tempe with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey taking the first passenger ride.

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Johana Bhuiyan / Recode: Sources largely attribute problems at Uber to Kalanick's original directive for HR to focus on recruitment rather than workplace issues  —  Could allegations of sexual harassment and sexism put the company's future IPO prospects at risk?  —  Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has hired former U.S …

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Business Insider: Sources: Snap faced tough questions from potential investors in a meeting Tuesday, focusing on the deceleration of user growth and Facebook's threat  —  Snapchat executives in New York were peppered with questions on Tuesday about competition from Facebook, user growth for the disappearing-message app …

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Jessica Toonkel / Reuters: Sources: Facebook is in talks to live stream one MLB game per week during upcoming season  —  Facebook Inc is in talks with Major League Baseball to live stream one game per week during the upcoming season, which could be a key win as the social media platform works to offer more live sports …

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Barb Darrow / Fortune: Google to discontinue Site Search on April 1, its search tool for publishers' websites, according to email to customers and partners  —  This spring, Google plans to discontinue Google Site Search, a product it has sold to web publishers that wanted to apply the industry's leading search technology to their own sites.

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: Instagram hires Kristina Schake, formerly head of communications for Hillary Clinton's campaign and Michelle Obama, as communications chief  —  Kristina Schake is joining Instagram to lead comms, and current comms boss, David Swain, is leaving after almost a decade at Facebook.

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Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal: Google will let Media Rating Council audit YouTube ad data, as well as ads displayed on non-Google sites purchased via AdWords, DoubleClick Bid Manager  —  Third party data collection partnerships will be vetted to boost marketers' confidence in ad viewing measurements

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Rachael Levy / Business Insider: Source: Goldman Sachs, a lead bank for Snap's IPO, is predicting Snap will have revenue of $1.959B in 2018, up from $404M in 2016, and 221M DAUs, up from 158M  —  Goldman Sachs, one of the lead banks on Snap's initial public offering, estimates that revenues for the social-media company could hit nearly $2 billion in 2018.

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Ben Thompson / Stratechery: Zuckerberg's manifesto is a sign Facebook's power should be checked  —  It is certainly possible that, as per recent speculation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is preparing to run for President.  It is also possible that Facebook is on the verge of failing “just like MySpace”.

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Luciana Lopez / Reuters: UPS tests drone deliveries in rural Florida, aiming to make delivery routes more efficient, will wait for regulatory environment to mature before larger rollout  —  Package delivery company United Parcel Service Inc tested home delivery by drone in Lithia, Florida, on Monday …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Kubernetes orchestrator now available on Microsoft's Azure Container Service; preview of Windows Server Containers with Kubernetes also available now on ACS  —  It's an open-source love fest: The Kubernetes container cluster manager is now generally available on Microsoft's Azure Container Service.

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Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors: KGI: Apple's 2017 OLED iPhone to have front-facing camera with 3D sensing abilities; depth sensing could be used in facial recognition and games  —  The rumored “iPhone 8” with an edge-to-edge OLED display will gain a “revolutionary” front-facing camera system that consists of three modules …

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Jim McGregor / Forbes: ARM buys European lightweight cellular tech firms Mistbase and NextG-Com as part of new initiative to offer cellular modems for IoT  —  Through a recent blog post, ARM made major announcements both in its efforts to enable new applications and to offer its first cellular modem.

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Dan Primack / Axios: Sources: Jay Z is launching a VC fund, which will partner with Sherpa Capital though it will have a separate brand, and investments won't be led by Sherpa  —  Rapper and ubiquitous mogul Jay Z is launching a venture capital fund, according to multiple sources.

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Abner Li / 9to5Google: Google's Project Fi starts testing Voice over LTE support for a subset of its users, does not announce timeframe for a roll out to all users  —  Resulting in quality and usability improvements, Voice over LTE allows calls to be made and received over data networks.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google's Project Fi starts testing Voice over LTE support  —  Google's own wireless service called Project Fi has rolled out Voice over LTE service for a subset of its users, the company confirmed this week via an announcement in Google's product forums.  Users will be able to tell that they've …

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Jon Fingas / Engadget: Qualcomm's new Snapdragon X20 LTE modem promises 1.2Gbps download speeds on mobile; products using it not expected until first half of 2018  —  Just because true 5G wireless is edging closer doesn't mean that 4G's peak speeds can't improve in the meantime.  Qualcomm has unveiled a new LTE modem …

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: TransferWise launches Facebook Messenger bot for easy global money transfers from US, Europe, Australia, and Canada  —  International money transfer service TransferWise has introduced a new Facebook Messenger bot, letting customers send money and create rate alerts directly from within Facebook Messenger.

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Saheli Roy Choudhury / CNBC: Alibaba's Ant Financial to invest $200M in Kakao Pay, the payments unit of South Korea's messaging company Kakao Corp, as part of a strategic partnership  —  Alibaba's payment affiliate Ant Financial upped its global expansion plans on Tuesday with a $200 million investment …

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Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg: Alibaba announces new retail strategic partnership with Shanghai Bailian Group, one of China's largest retailers, will upgrade Bailian's 4.7K stores in China  —  Jack Ma's new retail vision racing against Amazon Go  —  Partnership follows Alibaba's investment in Intime, Suning

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Verizon Communications Inc.: Verizon and Yahoo reduce price of acquisition deal by $350M, now valued at about $4.48B, and will evenly split cost of data breaches  —  Media contact(s) T. 908-559-6388 [email protected] … NEW YORK, NY and SUNNYVALE, CA - Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Yahoo! Inc. …

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Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal: Sources: Verizon and Yahoo agree to cut as much as $350M off the $4.83B deal and evenly split costs from data breaches  —  Companies are expected to announce revised agreement  —  Verizon Communications Inc. outbid several suitors to buy Yahoo Inc.'s struggling internet business last year.

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Mike Wuerthele / AppleInsider: Apple files 14-point appeal against European Commission's $14B tax edict, says the company's European HQ in Cork, Ireland was set up in accordance with the law  —  Apple has filed its appeal with the European court of appeals, all declaring that the European Commission's decision to levy $14 billion …

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Marco Arment / Marco.org: Overcast version 3 released, brings new UI, easier navigation, and queue feature to the popular iOS podcast player  —  Overcast 3 is now available, and it's a huge update, mostly in the design and flow of the interface.  I've been working on it since last summer, informed by over two years of testing, usage, and customer feedback.

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