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Kara Swisher / Recode: Travis Kalanick tells employees in memo former US AG Eric Holder has been hired to probe sexism allegations, and Uber will begin publishing diversity reports  —  The car-hailing company has tried to move quickly to quell the outrage over blog that alleges rampant sexism.

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire: Microsoft strikes exclusive cloud deal with Flipkart, Amazon's biggest online retail rival in India, as a first step in a broader strategic partnership  —  Flipkart, the top online marketplace in India, has agreed to adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform …

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BBC: New Zealand's High Court rules Kim Dotcom and three others of Megaupload can be extradited to US, upholding an earlier ruling from the District Court  —  Kim Dotcom, the founder of content-sharing site Megaupload, can legally be extradited to the US, New Zealand's High Court has ruled.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Magic Leap acquires the 3D division of Dacuda, a computer vision startup based out of Zurich  —  Magic Leap, the augmented reality startup that has raised $1.4 billion in funding but has yet to release a product, has made an acquisition to expand its work in computer vision and deep learning …

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Amar Toor / The Verge: Harris Poll: Samsung's reputation drops to #49 among US consumers, from #3 in 2016, following Note 7 fiasco, as Amazon tops list for second consecutive year  —  Korean smartphone maker ranks 49th in annual reputation ratings, after coming in third in 2016  —  Samsung's reputation among US …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook-owned WhatsApp launches Status, an encrypted Snapchat Stories clone  —  WhatsApp could put the brakes on Snapchat's international growth with today's launch of WhatsApp Status, a new tab for sharing decorated photos, videos and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours.

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Ashley Carman / The Verge: ZTE shuts down its Hawkeye phone Kickstarter campaign after reaching only $36K of its $500K goal  —  After a month and a half of letting its Hawkeye phone flounder on Kickstarter, ZTE is finally ending the campaign.  It received $36,245 out of its $500,000 funding goal.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Snap starts selling Spectacles online in the US for $130 at Spectacles.com  —  Snap wants to prove to investors in its upcoming IPO that Spectacles can earn money for its business, not just be a brand stunt.  So today, Snap begins selling its video-recording sunglasses Spectacles openly online for $129.99 in the US at Spectacles.com.

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Kelly Fiveash / Ars Technica UK: Google and Microsoft's Bing agree to demote piracy search results in the UK by 1 June 2017, as part of a deal with the entertainment industry  —  Google and Microsoft's Bing have agreed to crack down on piracy sites in the UK, after years of wrangling with film and music rights holders.

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Stephanie Condon / ZDNet: AT&T starts testing drones to provide LTE service in disaster areas or other locations without cell coverage  —  During several short test flights in a “dead zone” about an hour outside of Atlanta, the drones successfully transmitted and received LTE signals.

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Allison Schiff / AdExchanger: Cliqz, the German privacy-focused browser maker backed by Mozilla, buys Ghostery browser extension, which monitors and lets you block tracking scripts on sites  —  Ghostery has decided not to have its cake and eat it too.  —  On Wednesday, the company announced that it's been acquired …

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Brad Sams / Thurrott.com: Sources: Microsoft shuffles HoloLens' roadmap, cancelling the planned second version of the device to focus on more ambitious hardware slated to launch in 2019  —  It was a little over two years ago that Microsoft first showed the world HoloLens and the company immediately grabbed headlines around …

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Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios: In statement, Uber CEO Kalanick says he was unaware of former employee's allegations and has asked his new chief human resources officer to investigate  —  Another tale of sexism and unacceptable workplace behavior in Silicon Valley company has emerged.  This time it's at Uber …

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Katie Benner / New York Times: Snap explains how it's unique in these five clips from its 35-minute IPO roadshow video  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Snap, the parent company of the ephemeral-message application Snapchat, on Friday revealed its own story: the video presentation it will use to pitch investors as it prepares to go public in a few weeks.

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Susan Fowler / Susan J. Fowler: Former Uber engineer says Uber HR repeatedly dismissed claims of sexual harassment by “high performing” manager  —  As most of you know, I left Uber in December and joined Stripe in January.  I've gotten a lot of questions over the past couple of months about why I left and what my time at Uber was like.

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Gerry Smith / Bloomberg: BuzzFeed introduces curated “Outside Your Bubble” feature to help readers see what people outside their social media networks are saying about the news  —  Publisher will expose audience to opinions from across the web  —  News outlets seek out other viewpoints after surprise election

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: Sriram Krishnan, who led Snap's ad tech offerings, is leaving the company after one year  —  Sriram Krishnan, who joined a year ago from Facebook, was in charge of ad tech.  —  Sriram Krishnan, one of Snap's top ad executives, has left the company less than a month before Snap's expected IPO.

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Shoshanna Solomon / The Times of Israel: Apple buys Israel's facial recognition firm RealFace - report  —  US giant acquires Tel Aviv-based Israeli cybertechnology startup for a couple of million dollars, Calcalist says  —  Apple Inc. has acquired Israel's Realface, a cybertechnology startup whose facial recognition technology can be used to authenticate users.

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Rob LeFebvre / Engadget: Microsoft Office for Mac gets Touch Bar support  —  Owners of the Macbook Pro with Touch Bar will be pleased to hear that Microsoft Office now works with the LCD strip Apple introduced with its latest laptop.  Support for Touch Bar was announced alongside the new MacBook Pro at an Apple event last October …

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Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic: Mark Zuckerberg's lip service to journalism is not enough to sustain media amid Facebook's ad revenue siphoning and hands-off view of editorial responsibility  —  It's not that Mark Zuckerberg set out to dismantle the news business when he founded Facebook 13 years ago.

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Jason Koebler / motherboard: Nebraska state senator warns that Apple is opposing the state's proposed “right to repair” bill; similar bills are making their way through 7 other states  —  Apple is inventing new and interesting arguments to prevent you from fixing your iPhone: It's lobbying Nebraska lawmakers to kill …

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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge: How competition from T-Mobile forced bigger carriers to offer “unlimited” data plans again, and how those plans compare  —  It's been a weird week in the world of major cell providers.  After years of moving away from offering unlimited plans after the rise of data-hungry smartphones …

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire: Q&A with Bill Gates on his work as an adviser to Microsoft, his focus on natural language processing and virtual assistants, and the evolution of the company  —  It has been nearly a decade since Bill Gates left his day-to-day role at Microsoft, but he still has a connection to the company …

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Josh Freedman / Quartz: How residents producing and selling goods sold on Alibaba's eBay-like marketplace Taobao is helping to eliminate poverty in over 1,000 Chinese villages  —  Daiji township, a dusty collection of villages in China's central heartland plains, is an unlikely candidate to be one of the country's leading e-commerce hubs.

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Q&A with Sonos' CEO on his plans to integrate assistants from firms like Amazon and Google  —  A conversation with Patrick Spence  —  It's a weird time for Sonos — and not because it recently got a new CEO.  That transition seems to have happened without much drama …

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