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Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal: Sources: Google X plans Wing Marketplace, an online exchange for $6 drone deliveries from partner retailers and restaurants, amid troubled Project Wing efforts  —  Google parent's struggle to launch a delivery-drone business is part of tech's broader problem with physics …

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Sprint owner SoftBank says it'll invest $50B in US and create 50K new jobs over next four years, as SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son meets with Trump  —  SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son made a surprise appearance at Trump Tower today where he appears to have worked out a deal with the president-elect …

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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat: Docker acquires file syncing and sharing app Infinit, will open-source the software  —  Docker, the startup that pushes open source software for packaging up code into containers that can be deployed on many machines, today announced its latest acquisition: file transfer app Infinit.

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Jon Fingas / Engadget: Twitch brings video calls with up to five players to its game communication app, Curse, initially for Mac, Windows, and Chrome, but mobile support is on the way  —  Twitch wants to move beyond live streaming to cover your game communications, and to that end it bought Curse back in August.

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Nathan McAlone / Business Insider: YouTube has paid over $1B to the music industry in the last year, from advertising alone  —  In the last year, YouTube has paid out over $1 billion to the music industry from advertising alone, the company revealed on Tuesday.  —  Bolstered by music subscription revenue …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Pepo, Jason Goldberg's social media app, raises $2.35M from his old Fab.com backers  —  Jason Goldberg — a founder that may be as well known for his high-profile startups (Fab.com, Fabulis, Jobster) as his failures and pivots (Hem, Fab.com, Fabulis, Jobster) — earlier this year stepped …

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: GoDaddy acquires rival hosting company Host Europe Group for $1.79B, will fund deal with $1.16B of debt  —  Internet domain name registrar and web hosting giant GoDaddy has acquired Host Europe Group (HEG) in a deal worth €1.69 billion ($1.79 billion).

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Tony Romm / Politico: A look at Peter Thiel's investments, from defense to fintech and healthcare, and how they could benefit from his role amid the Trump transition  —  The Silicon Valley venture capitalist has backed companies that could benefit at least indirectly from his role.

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Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch: Anil Dash becomes new CEO of Fog Creek Software, debuts Gomix, a platform that provides template apps, which users can remix, modify, host, and deploy for free  —  Fog Creek Software, responsible for the births of Trello and Stack Overflow, is today launching Gomix, a platform that wants to democratize app building.

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Sam Shead / Business Insider: Director of AI research at Apple, Russ Salakhutd, says the company's AI researchers will start publishing some of their work, in a shift away from secrecy  —  Artificial intelligence researchers at Apple are going to start publishing some of their work and engaging more with the wider academic community.

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USA Today: President-elect Donald Trump invites tech leaders to roundtable next week; the invitation was sent by Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, and Peter Thiel  —  SAN FRANCISCO — President-elect Donald Trump has invited technology industry leaders to a roundtable next week in New York.

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Google search app updated with distinct feeds for upcoming appointments and personalized news such as sports and entertainment, on Android now and iOS soon  —  Google Now is splitting in two  —  Google Now launched four years ago with a bold promise: instead of making you search for information you need …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook Workplace announces enterprise collaboration app platform  —  Facebook will compete directly with Slack through a full-fledged new collaboration app platform built atop its pay-per-user enterprise communication product Workplace.  Exclusively announced on stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt London …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: EU regulators approve Microsoft's LinkedIn purchase with concessions; Microsoft expects deal to close “in the coming days”  —  Microsoft expects its deal to acquired LinkedIn to close ‘in the coming days,’ now that EU regulators have given the pending acquisition their approval.

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Brad Smith / The Official Microsoft Blog: EU approves Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn, deal will close in the coming days as it has now received all regulatory approvals needed  —  It was roughly six months ago, on June 13, that we announced that Microsoft would acquire LinkedIn.  At that time, we said that we aimed to close the deal by the end of the year.

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James Vincent / The Verge: Instagram will soon let you turn off comments and boot followers from private accounts  —  New tools designed to curb abuse will be available in the ‘coming weeks’  —  With images as its main form of social currency, Instagram's problems with abuse have never been quite as visible as those of other social networks.

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Priya Anand / BuzzFeed: After Uber update starts tracking user locations 5 minutes after rides, EFF asks for rollback  —  After Uber introduced a controversial app update that tracks users' locations even when they're not using the app, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a leading privacy group, has asked the company roll it back.

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Urs Hölzle / The Keyword: Google says it will run its global operations entirely on renewable energy in 2017, claims it is the world's largest corporate buyer of renewable power  —  Every year people search on Google trillions of times; every minute people upload more than 400 hours of YouTube videos.

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Lawrence Hurley / Reuters: Supreme Court throws out $399M penalty judgment against Samsung in patent dispute with Apple over iPhone design, sends the case back to the lower court  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling …

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Sensor Tower Blog: Netflix becomes top grossing iOS app in the US for the first time, as weekly net revenue grows to nearly $2.9M  —  Just over a year after Netflix began allowing iOS users to subscribe to its service via in-app purchases, the Netflix app has summited the Top Grossing Apps chart for iPhone on the U.S. App Store.

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Maria Deutscher / SiliconANGLE: Data center hardware startup Datrium raises $55M in Series C round led by New Enterprise Associates  —  Although the slogan “Open Convergence” is displayed prominently on its site and product materials, Datrium Inc. has little to do with the tightly integrated hyperconverged appliances that the phrase evokes.

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Google Wifi review: solid Wi-Fi coverage, easy setup, powerful app, but expensive, not as fast as other mesh systems, and lacks a USB port for network storage  —  Google's mesh router balances performance and convenience  —  It's funny to think that the most interesting tech products of 2016 have been routers.

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: The White House releases recommendations from a nine-month study of US cybersecurity issues, it is now up to the Trump administration to implement them  —  The Obama White House has had to reckon with cybersecurity like no other presidential administration in history, from China's 2009 hack of Google …

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Plume's mesh-based Wi-Fi system uses cloud for computation; individual Plume Wi-Fi units called “pods” on sale now for $69 each with a three-pack costing $179  —  A pod in each room keeps the Wi-Fi doctor away  —  Plume is announcing today that its Adaptive WiFi system …

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Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat: Paris' $265M Station F startup campus to open in April 2017 with VCs, Facebook, Vente Privee, and up to 1K startups as tenants  —  The director of Station F announced today that the ambitious $265 million startup campus in Paris will open its doors in April after two years of construction …

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