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Kevin J. Delaney / Quartz: Bill Gates supports taxing the use of robots, to slow the spread of automation and to finance other employment  —  Robots are taking human jobs.  But Bill Gates believes that governments should tax companies' use of them, as a way to at least temporarily slow the spread of automation and to fund other types of employment.

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Georgina Prodhan / Reuters: EU Parliament rejects proposal to tax robot owners to fund support for or retraining of workers who are put out of jobs by robots  —  European lawmakers called on Thursday for EU-wide legislation to regulate the rise of robots, including an ethical framework for their development and deployment …

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Stephen Hall / 9to5Google: Source leaks hands-on pics and specs of LG G6: always-on display, Snapdragon 821, 4GB of RAM, 3,200 mAh battery, base 32GB of expandable storage  —  The LG G6 is far from being a secret at this point, with LG itself going as far as to confirm its ‘FullVision’ 18:9 5.7-inch display …

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Emily Tan / Campaign UK: YouTube will discontinue 30-second unskippable ads in 2018  —  Starting next year, YouTube will stop allowing the 30-second unskippable ad and will focus instead on shorter formats.  358 Share13 Tweet27 Share60 Share4 image: http://cached.imagescaler.hbpl.co.uk/ resize/scaleWidth/743/offlinehbpl …

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Paul Lienert / Reuters: Sources: GM plans to deploy thousands of self-driving Chevrolet Bolts in test fleets in 2018, most of them in partnership with Lyft  —  General Motors Co plans to deploy thousands of self-driving electric cars in test fleets in partnership with ride-sharing affiliate Lyft Inc, beginning in 2018 …

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Dan Primack / Axios: SaaS integration startup MuleSoft files for $100M IPO; MuleSoft was valued at $1.5B in its latest VC round  —  MuleSoft, a SaaS integration company valued at $1.5 billion by venture capitalists, this morning filed for an initial public offering.  —  The deal: San Francisco-based MuleSoft plans …

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Liana B. Baker / Reuters: Sources: SoftBank is considering renewing T-Mobile US merger talks in April, may cede the control of Sprint  —  Japan's SoftBank Group Corp is prepared to give up control of Sprint Corp to Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile US Inc to clinch a merger of the two U.S. wireless carriers, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Wall Street Journal: Airbnb sued in California and Florida by AIMCO, a landlord that manages about 50K apartments across US, for allegedly helping tenants breach their leases  —  Apartment Investment & Management Co. alleges Airbnb is helping tenants breach their leases  —  One of the largest U.S. apartment landlords …

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optics.org: TetraVue raises $10M Series A from Bosch, Samsung, Foxconn, others to bring high-density 3D flash LIDAR technology to self-driving cars  —  Series A funding led by Robert Bosch and Nautilus to bring high-density flash lidar to self-driving cars.  —  California-based TetraVue is the latest developer …

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: Lytro raises $60 million to bring light field VR technology into Asia  —  Lytro may have had some setbacks in 2016, but it appears to be onto something.  Investors have noticed the potential of the company's light field technology, so much that Lytro has raised another round of funding, bringing in $60 million in new capital.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Sources: Beepi, a used car marketplace that raised $150M, shuts down and is selling off assets after efforts to sell the startup to Fair.com and DGDG broke down  —  Yet more developments for Beepi, the used car marketplace that had raised $150 million but then went bust …

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Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop: HTC to exit entry-level phone market this year but will continue to support current models; its focus is shifting to high-end, high-margin devices  —  HTC plans to exit the entry-level phone market moving forward and will instead focus its handset portfolio on high-margin devices.

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Sam Shead / Business Insider: Niklas Zennström's London-based VC firm Atomico, which is focused on European tech startups, closes its fourth fund at $765M  —  Atomico has raised a $765 million (£613 million) fund to invest in European technology startups, shrugging off any concerns that Brexit has made it harder …

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Shona Ghosh / Business Insider: Spotify-backed Soundtrack Your Brand, which streams music to businesses, raises $22M round led by Balderton Capital and Stockholm-based Industrifonden  —  A Swedish startup that wants to bring music streaming to businesses has raised $22 million (£17.5 million) in a round led …

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The Economic Times: Sources: Apple will start assembling iPhone SE in India at contract manufacturer Wistron's plant in Bengaluru from April  —  NEW DELHI: Apple will kick off its India manufacturing plans by initially assembling 3-4 lakh units of its iPhone SE model at the Karnataka plant being set …

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Facebook just changed its mission, because the old one was broken  —  With great power comes long letters  —  Facebook used to repeat its mission statement so often that most tech reporters could recite it from memory: “to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.”

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: Zuckerberg's letter, while short on specifics, hints at how Facebook might “create the greatest positive impact on the world”  —  The Zuckerberg manifesto, explained.  —  Mark Zuckerberg posted nearly 6,000 words today outlining his vision for Facebook's future …

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Olivia Zaleski / Bloomberg: Airbnb buys Canadian company Luxury Retreats; sources say the price was about $300M in cash and stock, and Luxury Retreats rebuffed Expedia and Accor bids  —  Airbnb said to have been in talks to offer $300 million  —  High-end rentals encroach on Expedia and Priceline's turf

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Brian Fung / Washington Post: AT&T debuts $100/mo unlimited data plan that doesn't require a DirecTV subscription, but speed is throttled after 22GB usage; additional lines cost $40/mo each  —  AT&T on Thursday announced an expanded version of its unlimited data plan that does not require an additional subscription to a pay-TV service.

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Jungah Lee / Bloomberg: South Korean court grants arrest warrant for Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee on bribery, perjury, embezzlement charges, after previous warrant request failed  —  Court accepts prosecutor's second request of Lee's arrest  —  Lee faces allegations of bribery, perjury and embezzlement

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook: Open letter outlining Facebook's attempts to build a more inclusive community, including improving tools for reporting abuse, squashing misleading stories, more  —  On our journey to connect the world, we often discuss products we're building and updates on our business.

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Recode: Alphabet reduces the amount of balloons needed to test Loon from 200-400 to 10-30 using AI, an improved navigation system, and altitude controls  —  The Loon project says these advancements shorten their timeline for deployment.  —  Loon, the balloon project that aims to deliver internet …

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John Herrman / New York Times: PewDiePie scandal is best understood in the context of YouTube as a platform with internal politics, a hands-off culture, and rewards for attention seeking  —  Felix Kjellberg, known to his fans as PewDiePie, is by far YouTube's biggest star.  His videos, a mix of video-game narration …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google Home adds the ability to buy products via voice from select Google Express partners  —  The Google Assistant on Google Home is getting a new feature today that may sound rather familiar to anybody who has ever owned an Amazon Echo.  You can now use your Home to order everyday essentials …

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Alex Heath / Business Insider: Tinder acquires Wheel, a collaborative video messaging app similar to Snapchat's Live Stories  —  Tinder is making a push into video with the acquisition of Wheel, a collaborative video messaging app that functions similarly to Snapchat's “Live Stories” format.

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