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Ryan Smith / AnandTech: Intel discontinues Intel Developer Forum, citing its transition from a PC-centric to a data-centric company as the main reason  —  In a bit of breaking news this morning, it appears that Intel has decided to cancel their Intel Developer Forum tradeshow going forward, including this summer's expected IDF17.

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Emma G. Fitzsimmons / New York Times: NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission proposes rule that would require ride-hailing apps like Uber include in-app tipping, after Independent Drivers Guild petition  —  New Yorkers have for years been able to tip a taxi driver by adding a few dollars to their bill before swiping a credit card.

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Austen Hufford / Wall Street Journal: Cloudera gives IPO terms with valuation of up to $1.79B, with price per share ranging from $12 to $14, far lower than the $30.92 per share Intel paid in 2014  —  Big-data software company says 17.3 million shares could be sold for between $12 and $14 a share

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Instagram now lets you organize bookmarks into private collections  —  Instagram will make its bookmarking feature more useful, the company announced this morning, with the introduction of “collections.”  The new feature will allow users to organize the posts they save into private groupings for easier access.

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John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal: If Ajit Pai moves too fast to roll back net neutrality, he risks a tough court fight; if he goes too slowly, protests could grow as midterm elections near  —  Moving too fast to kill Obama-era rules risks a court fight, but going too slowly is politically fraught

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google reaches $7.8M out-of-court settlement in Android antitrust case in Russia, which was originally filed by Yandex  —  Google has reached a settlement with Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) agency in the antitrust case the Russian search rival Yandex had originally filed …

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Cade Metz / Wired: AI technique called “generative adversarial networks”, where neural networks are pitted against one another, could lead to unsupervised learning  —  The day Richard Feynman died, the blackboard in his classroom read: “What I cannot create, I do not understand.”

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge: How Google, Apple, and Microsoft and their operating systems are faring in their fight for the cheap computer market  —  The war for cheap computers is about to begin  —  It feels like a long time since we've had a great big knock-down, drag-out operating system battle.

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Katie Benner / New York Times: Leaked documents reveal the hotel industry's plan to combat Airbnb with lobbying, pushing for bills at state level, and funds for anti-Airbnb research  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Last year, Airbnb underwent a rough regulatory patch.  —  The short-term rental company became a Federal Trade Commission target …

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Marie Mawad / Bloomberg: Actility, Paris-based Sigfox competitor in IoT connectivity space, raises $75M Series D from Bosch, Inmarsat, Foxconn, Orange, and others  —  Actility taking different tack than French rival Sigfox  —  Startup raised $75 million to target the industrial sector

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Rich McCormick / The Verge: Several hours passed before Facebook removed a video of a murder shared on the social network  —  Facebook took posts down hours later  —  A Cleveland man is at large after reportedly killing someone while broadcasting the act on Facebook Live.  The video appears to show a man identified …

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Robert Fenner / Bloomberg: China's Ant Financial ups offer for MoneyGram by 36% to $1.2B; MoneyGram board approves deal  —  Ant Financial raised its agreed offer for MoneyGram International Inc. by 36 percent as the financial-services company controlled by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma tries to top a competing offer.

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Nitasha Tiku / BuzzFeed: How Zuckerberg has polished his image to win people over, beginning with greater use of personal FB posts in 2015 and culminating in his current US talking tour  —  Until recently  —  , Mark Zuckerberg's most iconic public appearance may have been the image of the young startup founder sweating through …

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Mariella Moon / Engadget: Italian court suspends lower court's Uber ban until the conclusion of appeal process; Uber resumes service in Taiwan after making changes required by government  —  Uber doesn't have to pack its bags and leave Italy just yet.  Another court in Rome has decided to suspend a lower court's rule banning …

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Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal: Profile of Instagram COO Marne Levine, who is helping the company mature into a full-fledged business by pushing Facebook for resources, expanding partnerships  —  As chief operating officer, Marne Levine has been helping the photo-sharing app mature into a full-fledged business

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Marco Arment / Marco.org: The next Mac Pro should prioritize versatility as aggressive minimalism, among other factors, led to failure of the 2013 Mac Pro  —  Much of modern Apple's design philosophy is to relentlessly strip down most products to the bare minimum in certain areas as technological progress allows …

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Casey Newton / The Verge: How Facebook's shifting priorities and inferior monetization options for Instant Articles are leading some big publishers to abandon the format  —  Facebook's Instant Articles promised to transform journalism — but now big publishers are fleeing  —  Inside Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters …

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Nat Levy / GeekWire: Pluto VR, co-founded by Popcap Games co-founder John Vechey, raises $13.9M Series A led by Maveron for developing VR communication apps  —  Pluto VR, the Seattle-based virtual reality startup co-founded by PopCap Games co-founder John Vechey, has raised $13.9 million in a Series A funding round.

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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times: A look at the opportunities and challenges facing Uber in India, where rival Ola, weak infrastructure, and under-educated drivers test the company's ambitions  —  BANGALORE, India — Nandini Balasubramanya's office here on the southern edge of India's technology capital does not look …

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Brian Santo / SDxCentral: VMware says it is acquiring Wavefront, a cloud monitoring company that had previously raised $63.5M  —  VMware said it is buying Wavefront, a startup that specializes in metrics monitoring for cloud networking.  The acquisition lets VMware “leapfrog into application management …

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New York Times: New Zealand's isolation, plus political upheaval in the US and Europe has made the country a draw for tech talent  —  WELLINGTON, New Zealand — In the South Pacific, software no longer needs a hard sell.  —  New Zealand has long wanted to be a tech hub, but distance was an issue.

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Deanna Ting / Skift: UBS report analyzing 1M+ listings in 127 markets quantifies negative impact of regulations on Airbnb's business; stricter regulations hit NYC, Barcelona hardest  —  Does this mean short-term rental regulations are actually working?  Or just that Airbnb's business is maturing?

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Bloomberg: Inside troubled cybersecurity firm Tanium, which was valued at $3.5B in the latest round in 2015, and has had 9 senior executives leave in the past 8 months  —  Orion Hindawi and his dad built the world's most valuable cybersecurity startup.  Now they're grappling with employee unrest and an executive exodus.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft confirms that just 13 Windows Phone models will officially support the Windows 10 Creators Update  —  Microsoft is rolling out a new test builds for Windows 10 to phone Insiders (and to PC users), while acknowledging that only a dozen or so Windows Phone models will get Windows 10 Creators Update.

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John Markoff / New York Times: Robert Taylor, the innovator who played key roles in the invention of Arpanet, the Alto computer, and the computer mouse, dies at 85  —  Like many inventions, the internet was the work of many inventors.  But perhaps no one deserves more credit for that world-changing technological leap …

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