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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google's Project Fi now caps data bills at $60, entering the crowded market of “unlimited data” plans, will throttle speeds at 15GB  —  Google's Project Fi cell service never played the “unlimited data” game that most carriers in the U.S. like to play (and which is never truly unlimited).

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Liana B. Baker / Reuters: Thomas Siebel's big data analysis startup C3 IoT raises $100M from TPG Growth, following a $70M Series D in September 2016; C3 was valued at $1.4B in March 2017  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - C3 IoT, a software company founded and run by longtime Silicon Valley executive Thomas Siebel …

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch: Cybersecurity and threat mitigation firm Anomali, formerly known as ThreatStream, raises $40M Series D from GV, Telstra, and others  —  Anomali, a threat detection and mitigation company, announced a hefty $40 million Series D investment today led by Lumia Capital.  The company was previously known as ThreatStream.

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Theodore Schleifer / Recode: Sources: online polling company SurveyMonkey is preparing to go public later this year, as talks with banks accelerate; firm was valued at $2B in 2014  —  It would be one of the most closely-watched IPOs of 2018.  —  The 19-year-old polling company SurveyMonkey is preparing to go public later this year …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google to make page speed a factor in mobile search ranking starting in July, says change will only affect pages that “deliver the slowest experience to users”  —  Google today announced a significant change in how it ranks websites for mobile searches: it will now take page speed …

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Wall Street Journal: Sources: FTC has been investigating Broadcom for anticompetitive customer negotiation tactics for several months; source says probe doesn't include wireless arm  —  Agency recently issued subpoenas in Broadcom antitrust probe  —  The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether …

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Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC: Apple says it expects to make tax repatriation payments of ~$38B and plans to open new US campus later this year that will initially house customer tech support  —  Apple has previously pledged to invest more in U.S. manufacturing, telling CNBC's “Mad Money” that it would invest $1 billion fund …

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Facebook begins testing Watch Party, a new feature for groups that lets members watch videos simultaneously while continuing to comment and interact  —  A new feature for groups  —  Facebook today began testing Watch Party, a new feature available to groups that lets members watch videos …

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Apple: Apple says it plans a $350B “direct contribution” to US economy over next five years through repatriating overseas profits, new infrastructure projects, more  —  $350 Billion Contribution to US Economy Over Next Five Years  —  Cupertino, California — Apple today announced …

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Ryne Hager / Android Police: Google support page says a fix for Google Cast protocol bug that causes temporary WiFi outages on many routers will roll out tomorrow via Google Play update  —  A few days back we reported that the Google Home Max (among other Cast-enabled devices) might be connected with some recent reports for widespread Wi-Fi troubles.

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Shona Ghosh / Business Insider: Facebook says it will open a standalone investigation into potential Russian meddling in UK's EU referendum on its platform, after pressure from UK politicians  —  - Facebook will investigate whether Russian groups bought ads on its platform to influence the outcome of the UK's vote to leave the EU in 2016.

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Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch: Anonymously-run cryptocurrency lending and exchange platform BitConnect, long suspected of being a Ponzi scheme, shuts down  —  Bitconnect, the lending and exchange platform that was long suspected by many in the crypto community of being a Ponzi scheme, has announced it's shutting down.

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Blair Hanley Frank / VentureBeat: CircleCI, which makes software to automate building and testing code, raises $31M Series C led by Top Tier Capital Partners  —  CircleCI announced today that it has raised a $31 million series C round for its software that automatically builds and tests code.

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac: Apple opens Siri feature that plays a podcast from news orgs when asked for the news to all users in US, UK, and Australia with iOS 11.2 or later  —  Update: The feature is also rolling out in Australia, with ABC, SBS, and Seven Network as sources.  —  Earlier this month …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Toronto-based collaborative writing platform Wattpad raises $51M at an estimated ~$398M post-money valuation to expand its tech platform  —  Content, as they say, is king — but these days, that may be true only for as long as you can figure out a good business model to deliver it.

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App Annie: Report: global app downloads topped 175B in 2017, consumer spending surpassed $86B, and time spent in apps per user rose to ~43 days per year  —  In our annual end-of-year retrospective report, App Annie sheds light on the key indicators of a booming app economy and explores …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Flurry data: overall app session activity grew 6% in 2017; shopping app usage grew 54%, media, music, entertainment apps grew 43%, lifestyle apps dropped 40%  —  The app economy is continuing to grow, with the worldwide revenue from app stores expected to top $110 billion this year, according to recent estimates from App Annie.

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Greg Ip / Wall Street Journal: Examining the arguments for antitrust regulation against Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon suggests they are safe for now, but history shows that could change  —  A few technology giants dominate their worlds just as Standard Oil and AT&T once did.  Should they be broken up?

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Sonya Mann / Inc.com: Venture-equity firm Scaleworks announces $10M “venture finance” fund available as loans to SaaS companies in value of up to 6 months of recurring revenue  —  You can keep your equity and still get funds to expand.  —  WRITE A COMMENT  —  Are you building a rocket ship or a minivan?

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google launches Cloud AutoML, a service to build image recognition and other custom AI models for developers, including those with no ML expertise  —  Google today announced the alpha launch of AutoML Vision, a new service that helps developers — including those with no machine learning …

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Steven Johnson / Wired: Behind Cloudflare's decision to boot The Daily Stormer off its service, while it struggled to stay true to the principle of protecting free speech online  —  IN THE FALL of 2016, Keegan Hankes, an analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center, paid a visit to the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer.

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Liz Hamren / Windows Blog: Microsoft brings 15-inch Surface Book 2 to 17 more countries starting today; both 15-inch and 13-inch variants will come to more countries over next two months  —  Surface Book 2 is the most powerful Surface we've ever built, and customers love that they can run their most demanding applications from anywhere.

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Steven Johnson / New York Times: An in-depth look at the potential of decentralized blockchain tech that aims to fix some of the internet's fundamental structural problems  —  Yes, it's driven by greed — but the mania for cryptocurrency could wind up building something much more important than wealth.

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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch: Curve, a UK fintech startup that consolidates all cards into one card and app, gets full consumer launch; free to join with premium version available for £50  —  Curve, the London fintech startup that offers a platform that lets you consolidate all your bank cards into a single Curve card …

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Brian Boucher / artnet News: Google's Arts & Culture app becomes the number one free app on the iOS App Store after its face-matching feature that was added in December goes viral  —  The search behemoth's app was all the rage on social media this weekend.  —  Googling yourself took on a whole new meaning this weekend.

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