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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Email delivery service Mailgun spins out of Rackspace and raises $50M round led by Turn/River Capital, with participation from Scaleworks and Rackspace  —  Mailgun, a Y Combinator-incubated email delivery service that was acquired by Rackspace in 2012, today announced that it is being spun …

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Peter Kafka / Recode: Brian Robbins, CEO of teen/tween video network AwesomenessTV, is stepping down, and will be replaced by Brett Boutier  —  Here's the memo.  —  Brian Robbins, the founder and CEO of teen/tween video network AwesomenessTV, is leaving the company.  —  In a memo to his staff …

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Alwyn Scott / Reuters: GE partners with AT&T and Intel to install cameras, sensors, microphones on 3.2K street lights in San Diego, raising privacy concerns  —  General Electric will put cameras, microphones and sensors on 3,200 street lights in San Diego this year, marking the first large-scale use of …

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Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal: Waze plans to expand ride-sharing service to several US cities and Latin America over the next few months  —  The growth of Waze's carpool service puts Alphabet Inc.'s Google more directly in competition with Uber  —  Google is planning to dramatically expand a carpool service …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Instagram will open up carousel posts, with up to 10 photos and videos, to all users in the coming weeks  —  Instagram wants you to share a more complete picture of your experiences in its classic feed, not just its Snapchat Stories clone.  Today, Instagram launches the ability to share …

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica: AMD launches flagship Ryzen 8-core desktop CPUs, pre-orderable today, available March 2, starting $329  —  AMD is back in the performance game... finally.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Oasis' smash hit “Wonderwall” was playing as the throng of journalists assembled in the ballroom of a Grand Hyatt hotel in San Francisco at AMD's Ryzen Tech Day.

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Cade Metz / Wired: AI-powered hedge fund Numerai unveils new digital token Numeraire that collaboratively rewards Wall Street data scientists for the best trading algorithms  —  Wall Street is a competition, a Darwinian battle for the almighty dollar.  Gordon Gekko said that greed is good, that it captures “the essence of the evolutionary spirit.”

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Roger Cheng / CNET: Verizon will test 5G service in 11 cities by mid-2017 as a replacement for home or office broadband  —  The company plans to offer 5G to some customers in 11 cities by midyear.  It's not full mobile wireless.  Instead it's a replacement for fixed broadband.  —  We're slowly inching toward a super-connected 5G world.

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: Over 1M apps, websites, and bots are now using Facebook's mobile analytics suite, Analytics for Apps, up from 800K in September 2016  —  Facebook's mobile app analytics offering hit a milestone today — it's now providing insight for more than 1 million apps, websites, and bots, a 25 percent increase from September.

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Apple: Apple's new 175-acre campus “Apple Park” will open in April, will take six months to fully occupy; the 1000-seat auditorium will be named the Steve Jobs Theater  —  Theater to Be Named for Steve Jobs  —  Cupertino, California — Apple today announced that Apple Park …

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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine: Intel unveils XMM 7560 LTE modem with 1Gbps download speeds, 225 Mbps upload speeds, and CDMA support  —  The next iPhone could go gigabit.  Today Intel announced its XMM7650 modem, which joins Qualcomm's X16 in the gigabit LTE world.  Intel's modem is probably the front-runner for this fall's iPhone 7s or iPhone 8.

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New York Times: Inside Europe's fight against online disinformation, as Dutch, German, and French elections approach  —  BRUSSELS — They scan websites and pore over social media, combing through hundreds of reports a day.  But the bogus claims just keep coming.  —  Germans are fleeing their country, fearful of Muslim refugees.

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Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web: Microsoft launching Skype Lite on Android for limited connectivity areas, available in India first, with support for nine regional languages and new chatbots  —  At its Future Decoded event in Mumbai, India, today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the launch of Skype Lite …

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Jason Del Rey / Recode: Amazon Go checkout-less store in Seattle will sell alcohol and have staff on hand to check IDs  —  The Amazon Go store in Seattle also carries sandwiches, salads and snacks.  —  Amazon's new convenience store of the future has no lines and no cashiers.  But it will have someone checking IDs.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Sources: Apple quietly acquired iCloud.net; the Asian social network using the site will shut down  —  It looks like Apple has finally picked up one of the last remaining pieces of internet property linked to one of its key service brands: the iPhone and Mac giant has quietly taken over ownership of iCloud.net, TechCrunch has learned.

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Hayley Ringle / Phoenix Business Journal: Uber begins testing self-driving cars in Tempe, Arizona, with more than a dozen Volvos available to riders  —  Uber Technologies Inc. officially kicked off its self-driving pilot program today in Tempe with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey taking the first passenger ride.

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Johana Bhuiyan / Recode: Sources largely attribute problems at Uber to Kalanick's original directive for HR to focus on recruitment rather than workplace issues  —  Could allegations of sexual harassment and sexism put the company's future IPO prospects at risk?  —  Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has hired former U.S …

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Business Insider: Sources: Snap faced tough questions from potential investors in a meeting Tuesday, focusing on the deceleration of user growth and Facebook's threat  —  Snapchat executives in New York were peppered with questions on Tuesday about competition from Facebook, user growth for the disappearing-message app …

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Jessica Toonkel / Reuters: Sources: Facebook is in talks to live stream one MLB game per week during upcoming season  —  Facebook Inc is in talks with Major League Baseball to live stream one game per week during the upcoming season, which could be a key win as the social media platform works to offer more live sports …

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Barb Darrow / Fortune: Google to discontinue Site Search on April 1, its search tool for publishers' websites, according to email to customers and partners  —  This spring, Google plans to discontinue Google Site Search, a product it has sold to web publishers that wanted to apply the industry's leading search technology to their own sites.

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: Instagram hires Kristina Schake, formerly head of communications for Hillary Clinton's campaign and Michelle Obama, as communications chief  —  Kristina Schake is joining Instagram to lead comms, and current comms boss, David Swain, is leaving after almost a decade at Facebook.

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Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal: Google will let Media Rating Council audit YouTube ad data, as well as ads displayed on non-Google sites purchased via AdWords, DoubleClick Bid Manager  —  Third party data collection partnerships will be vetted to boost marketers' confidence in ad viewing measurements

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Rachael Levy / Business Insider: Source: Goldman Sachs, a lead bank for Snap's IPO, is predicting Snap will have revenue of $1.959B in 2018, up from $404M in 2016, and 221M DAUs, up from 158M  —  Goldman Sachs, one of the lead banks on Snap's initial public offering, estimates that revenues for the social-media company could hit nearly $2 billion in 2018.

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Ben Thompson / Stratechery: Zuckerberg's manifesto is a sign Facebook's power should be checked  —  It is certainly possible that, as per recent speculation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is preparing to run for President.  It is also possible that Facebook is on the verge of failing “just like MySpace”.

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Luciana Lopez / Reuters: UPS tests drone deliveries in rural Florida, aiming to make delivery routes more efficient, will wait for regulatory environment to mature before larger rollout  —  Package delivery company United Parcel Service Inc tested home delivery by drone in Lithia, Florida, on Monday …

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