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David Gauvey Herbert / Bloomberg: How News Corp.-owned Storyful has emerged as a prominent fact checker by working with news outlets, releasing a Chrome extension to vet video, and more  —  Storyful is using bots to sic reporters on viral hoaxes.  —  by  —  Subscribe Reprints  —  For seven years, Storyful …

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Khari Johnson / VentureBeat: Kasisto raises $9.2M from Propel Venture Partners, MasterCard, DBS Bank, and more to improve personal finance bot KAI and expand AI virtual assistant offerings  —  Bots and artificial intelligence company Kasisto today announced that it has raised $9.2 million.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Timehop CEO and co-founder Jon Wegener steps down, with design lead Matt Raoul taking his place; outgoing CEO says company will be cash-flow positive by March  —  Some changes at the top of Timehop, the quirky app that shows you reminders of photos and other content that you've taken and posted on Facebook …

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Outgoing FCC chair Tom Wheeler uses his final public speech to make a case for maintaining net neutrality  —  The outgoing head of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, used his final public speech to make a closing argument for maintaining net neutrality, the signature achievement of his time at the agency.

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Deirdre Bosa / CNBC: Lyft, international partners will prompt users to install local apps while abroad, not allowing direct payment; source says firm is planning global expansion  —  In the ride-sharing battle of David vs Goliath, smaller, nimbler David may be gaining ground.  Number two U.S. ride-hailing company …

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Brooks Barnes / New York Times: Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton stepping down, will become chairman of the board of Snap Inc., where he was an early investor  —  LOS ANGELES — The chief executive of Sony's underperforming entertainment division, Michael Lynton, announced Friday that he would step down to focus …

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Open Whisper Systems: Open Whisper Systems: there is no “backdoor” in Signal Protocol; WhatsApp's encryption implementation is appropriate given the company's scale  —  Today, the Guardian published a story falsely claiming that WhatsApp's end to end encryption contains a “backdoor.”  —  Background

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: After failing to get 10K bitcoins for stolen NSA exploits, Shadow Brokers post farewell message, dump a cache of Windows hacking tools online  —  With 8 days before inauguration of Donald Trump, leak is sure to inflame US officials.  —  Shadow Brokers, the mysterious group …

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Bloomberg: Sources: Andy Rubin to be CEO of his new startup, Essential, working on an AI-based platform powering hardware ecosystem anchored by Essential's smartphone  —  Android's creator is building a high-end smartphone to be the centerpiece of a series of AI-infused consumer gadgets.  —  by

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Avery Hartmans / Business Insider: Report: Lyft lost $600M in 2016, up from $412M in 2015, as revenue rose to $700M, up from about $200M in 2015  —  Lyft lost $600 million in 2016 in its battle with Uber for ride-hailing dominance, according to leaked financial data obtained by The Information's Amir Efrati.

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Barb Darrow / Fortune: Microsoft buys Maluuba, a Canadian AI startup focused on natural language processing  —  Microsoft is buying Maluuba, a Canadian startup focused on giving software a better understanding of human language.  This natural language processing technology is a key underpinning of artificial intelligence (AI.)

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William Alden / BuzzFeed: CEO David Sacks says Zenefits will soon launch “HR One” paid tier, offering bundles of services on top of its free core product  —  The new strategy could help the embattled human resources startup gain surer financial footing.  —  The embattled Silicon Valley startup Zenefits …

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Zen Soo / South China Morning Post: LeEco raises $16.8B yuan, around $2.4B, from Chinese real estate developer Sunac, others  —  LeEco, the cash-starved business run by Chinese entrepreneur Jia Yueting, has received 16.8 billion yuan in funding and investments from real estate developer Sunac China Holdings and other investors …

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Todd Spangler / Variety: Amazon rolls out its first branded VOD subscription service, Anime Strike, with 1K+ titles, available for $4.99/month for Prime members  —  Ecommerce giant plans additional subscription VOD channels  —  Amazon is rolling out its first branded on-demand subscription service for Amazon Channels …

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Abner Li / 9to5Google: Chrome 56 beta, expected to be released in a week, adds native support for FLAC music format  —  Chrome 56 is currently in the beta channel and should hit stable in about a week.  When released, it will bring support for the FLAC audio codec directly in the browser.

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Jane Wakefield / BBC: European Parliament committee recommends rules on robots, calling for mandatory kill switches, insurance, taxes, more; vote set for February  —  MEPs are to vote on the first comprehensive set of rules for how humans will interact with artificial intelligence and robots.

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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch: Nintendo Switch console/tablet hybrid will launch worldwide on March 3 for $299.99, has a 6.2" 720p capacitive touchscreen, 32GB storage, and no region lock  —  Nintendo has announced the launch date and price of the Nintendo Switch at an event in Tokyo; the company's next console …

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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge: Nintendo Switch's detachable Joy-Con motion controllers have haptic feedback, can be used separately; left Joy-Con has Capture button; right one has IR camera  —  Nintendo is finally sharing details on the upcoming Switch console, starting with the modular Joy-Con controller.

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Christopher Grant / Polygon: Nintendo Switch will have a paid online service starting this fall; service will be free until then, with additional details to come later  —  The service will be free until then, though  —  During the Nintendo Switch reveal event today, Nintendo's Tatsumi Kimishima announced that the Switch …

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Andrew Webster / The Verge: Nintendo Switch, a console/tablet hybrid, will launch worldwide March 3 for $299.99  —  Nintendo has finally revealed the price and release date for its much-anticipated Switch console: it's launching on March 3rd worldwide.  The Switch was officially unveiled back in October with a teaser video …

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: App.net shutting down Twitter-like social platform on March 14, open sources code  —  In Twitter's early years, there were numerous competitors on the market, including App.net.  Launched in 2012, the social network billed itself as being ad-free and subscription-based, but on Thursday, the company announced it was shutting down.

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Joseph Cox / Motherboard: Hacker steals 900GB of data from Cellebrite, the Israeli company that makes products for breaking into mobile phones  —  This is part of an ongoing Motherboard series on the proliferation of phone cracking technology, the people behind it, and who is buying it.  Follow along here.

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Ben Fox Rubin / CNET: eBay announces an authentication program for high-end products, offering verification for a fee in an effort to reduce counterfeit goods on site  —  The new program will create a network of authenticators to make it easier to sell big-ticket items online and keep out fakes.

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac: Apple increases app size restriction for tvOS apps from 200MB to 4GB  —  While Apple TV apps were limited to 200MB in size when the device was first announced back in 2015, Apple has announced this evening that it is now accepting larger tvOS binaries.  This means that developers can now submit apps as big as 4GB.

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Karissa Bell / Mashable: Snapchat update will bring search bar, new navigation, and a global live story for user contributions, coming soon to all iOS and Android users  —  Big changes are headed for Snapchat — again.  —  The company is set to roll out a major redesign of its app in the coming days, Snapchat confirmed Thursday.

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