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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Website builder Wix acquires art community DeviantArt, which has 40M+ registered members, for $36M in cash, including $3M of assumed liabilities  —  Wix.com has made another acquisition to build out the tools that it provides to users to build and administer websites: it has acquired DeviantArt …

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: Facebook begins testing ad breaks in partner videos, sharing 55% of ad revenue; Live videos from Pages with 2K+ followers will get an ad break option  —  Many publishers have trouble making money off Facebook videos — this could change that.  —  Facebook is ready to make money from all the videos …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Spotify expands its push into original content with three new podcast series on music and pop culture, with more originals to be announced later this year  —  Spotify is expanding its podcast selection today, with the announcement that it's adding three new original podcast series on its service …

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Alan Ni / Google: Google updates Gboard for iPhone with support for voice typing, 15 new languages, Google Doodles, and iOS 10 emoji  —  In May 2016, you first met Gboard, our app that let you search and send information, GIFs, emoji and more, right from your keyboard.  In July, Gboard went global.

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Google Security PR / Google Online Security Blog: Google unveils first SHA1 collision using nine quintillion computations, releases two different PDFs with identical hashes, urges sunsetting of unsafe protocol  —  Posted by Marc Stevens (CWI Amsterdam), Elie Bursztein (Google), Pierre Karpman (CWI Amsterdam), Ange Albertini (Google) …

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Ben Popper / The Verge: Airmap, an airspace management system for drones, raises $26M Series B round led by Microsoft Ventures  —  It's a bet on a future full of airborne robots  —  Drones are an increasingly common sight in the skies, but unlike aircraft with a human at the controls, there is no formal …

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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch: Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 835-based VR dev kit and headset accelerator program  —  The near-future of VR is definitely mobile, and for the time-being nobody has more control of the guts of mobile devices than Qualcomm does.  —  It's definitely in the company's best interest …

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Maciej Cegłowski / Idle Words: Internet services companies should offer a “travel mode” that limits contacts and history to a minimal subset, to protect users from invasive searches at border  —  News reports tell us that Customs and Border Patrol has become more aggressive about checking social media accounts at the border.

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Jillian Stampher / GeekWire: New York tech firm CafeX Communications files federal trademark suit against AWS over Chime, Amazon's new online conferencing system  —  A New York-based tech company has filed a federal trademark suit against Amazon Web Services over the name of the cloud giant's newly launched Chime online conferencing and collaboration technology.

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Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes: Amazon fights against search warrant for Echo recordings in murder trial, argues Alexa commands and responses have First Amendment rights  —  Amazon is sticking to its guns in the fight to protect customer data.  The tech titan has filed a motion to quash the search warrant for recordings …

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TechCrunch: Airbnb confirms deal to buy social payments startup Tilt; sources characterize the deal as acqui-hire as most of the money is being spent on retaining the team  —  Airbnb has finalized its deal to buy social payments startup Tilt, TechCrunch has confirmed.  We reported on the acquisitiontalks …

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Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed: Sources: Facebook's head of news partnerships Campbell Brown and CPO Chris Cox are hosting off-the-record meetings with journalists to improve relations  —  Facebook's new head of news partnerships Campbell Brown is hosting off-the-record events at her Manhattan home with big-name media people …

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Jeff John Roberts / Fortune: Google's Jigsaw unveils Perspective, an AI-powered tool for publishers to weed out abuse from online comments, available as an API for free  —  A research team tied to Google unveiled a new tool on Thursday that could have a profound effect on how we talk to each other online.

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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch: How Pinterest built Lens, its search tool for identifying real-world objects before suggesting related items, using GPU-powered deep learning and more  —  Sometime around 2013 and 2014, deep learning was going through a revolution that required pretty much everyone to reset their expectations …

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John Eggerton / Multichannel News: FCC opens up 5 GHz spectrum band to unlicensed LTE use, certifies equipment from Ericsson and Nokia  —  T-Mobile will start employing new tech starting in spring  —  The FCC is opening up the 5 GHz spectrum band to unlicensed LTE use in a move that will boost spectrum sharing and wireless broadband.

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Richard Chirgwin / The Register: Arris to acquire Brocade's Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch business for $800M in cash following closing of Broadcom's acquisition of Brocade  —  Arris Technologies will buy Ruckus Wireless from Broadcom, for US$800m.  —  Ruckus came to Broadcom when it acquired Brocade in November 2016.

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Politico: Sources: White House Chief Digital Officer Gerrit Lansing out after failing FBI background check; one source says failure was due to investment issues  —  White House Chief Digital Officer Gerrit Lansing was among the six staffers who were dismissed from the White House last week after being unable …

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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: HP Inc. Q1 revenue up 4% YoY to $12.7B with notebook computer revenue up 16% but revenue from printing down YoY by 3% to $4.48B  —  PC and printer giant HP Inc. (HPQ) this afternoon reported fiscal Q1 revenue well ahead of analysts' expectations, and beat by a penny on the bottom line …

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Mike Isaac / New York Times: Interviews with 30+ current and former Uber employees depict an unrestrained work culture; Uber also faces 3+ lawsuits over sexual harrassment or verbal abuse  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When new employees join Uber, they are asked to subscribe to 14 core company values, including making bold bets …

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Yolanda Redrup / Financial Review: Australian accounting software company MYOB to buy payment processing firm Paycorp for AU$48M  —  Accounting software company MYOB is pushing further into payment processing solutions, which it sees as a major growth opportunity for the business, thanks to the $48 million acquisition of Paycorp

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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat: Filing: Fitbit acquired Pebble's talent and intellectual property for $23M, well below reported price of $30-40M  —  Wearable device company Fitbit today disclosed that it paid $23 million to acquire smartwatch maker Pebble in the fourth quarter of 2016.  —  That's lower than previous estimates …

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Square beats Q4 estimates with $452M in revenue, up from $374M last year, as gross payment volume rises 34% YoY to $13.7B; stock up 4%  —  While Twitter continues to struggle as a public company, Jack Dorsey's other business seems to be doing pretty well.  Today payments company Square …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft updates Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps with Focused Inbox, @mentions for adding contacts to email threads, package delivery information, more  —  Microsoft is updating its Mail and Calendar apps for Windows 10 today with some features that the company has been using in its mobile apps.

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: Twitter to let businesses create personalized profiles for customer service agents, adding their name and photograph to DMs with customers  —  Twitter is once again tinkering with direct messages, this time to let brands show customers that they're communicating with a human, not an automated bot.

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Sam Biddle / The Intercept: Leaked documents show how Palantir's tools for analyzing big data, made with help from staffers of intelligence agencies, became integral to NSA, GCHQ, others  —  Donald Trump has inherited the most powerful machine for spying ever devised.  How this petty, vengeful man might wield and expand …

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