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John Cook / GeekWire: Verizon has acquired Portland-based drone startup Skyward, a maker of commercial drone software that helps to track and manage drones  —  Verizon is bolstering its efforts in drones with the acquisition of Skyward, a Portland-based startup whose software helps commercial drone operators …

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Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch: Financial services tech firm OpenFin raises $15M round led by J.P. Morgan, Bain Capital Ventures, others  —  Some of the biggest financial services firms in the world are coming together to back a small New York-based technology company called OpenFin with aspirations to become the …

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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg: Sources: Uber employees of at least four years can sell up to 10% of their shares, get paid out over many months if they remain with the company  —  With no public offering imminent, the $69 billion ride-hailing startup is buying back shares from longtime staff.  —  by

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet: IBM partners with Visa to connect its Watson IoT platform with Visa's token technology to enable IoT commerce  —  IBM will connect its Watson IoT platform with Visa's token technology to allow devices to conduct commerce on your behalf.  The move may enable new business models.

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Bloomberg: Lenovo misses estimates in Q3 as profit plunged 67% to $98M, mobile sales slid 23% to $2.2B, and overall revenue fell 6% to $12.2B  —  Lenovo Group Ltd.'s quarterly earnings missed projections as the world's largest personal computer maker struggles to reboot a floundering PC and smartphone business.

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Amy McDonald Sandjideh / Google Developers Blog: Google releases TensorFlow 1.0 with better performance, flexibility, new APIs, and more  —  Posted By: Amy McDonald Sandjideh, Technical Program Manager, TensorFlow  —  In just its first year, TensorFlow has helped researchers, engineers, artists, students, and many others make progress …

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg: An inside look at why Apple has failed to revolutionize TV, as it tests a fifth-generation Apple TV capable of streaming 4K  —  The company is testing a new Apple TV capable of streaming ultra-high-definition 4K.  It may not be enough to take on Amazon and Roku.  —  by

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac: Apple announces WWDC 2017: June 5-9, at San Jose McEnery Convention Center, registrations for tickets start March 27  —  Apple has announced it is holding WWDC 2017 from June 5th to June 9th, with a big change from previous years: the conference will be held in San Jose, at the McEnery Convention Center.

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Andrew Siff / NBC New York: Spotify announces it's moving US headquarters to 4 World Trade Center, promises to add 1K jobs by end of 2018, and gets rent reduction credits of $11M  —  Spotify is relocating its headquarters in Manhattan, the company announced alongside Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday.

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Alex Barinka / Bloomberg: Snap seeks to raise $3.2B in IPO at $14 to $16 per share, which would value it at about $18.5B at the high end of the range  —  Snap Inc. is seeking to raise as much as $3.2 billion in its initial public offering in what could be the third-biggest technology listing of the past decade.

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Ian Barker / BetaNews: IBM and The Weather Company develop a new app that uses a mesh network to send emergency alerts to smartphones, so that it works even when networks are down  —  Communicating news of severe weather events or natural disasters is something mobile phones are well suited to …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Groupon closes up 23% after it beats estimates with Q4 revenue of $934.9M, reveals it paid nothing for LivingSocial  —  Groupon, the daily deals platform that has been restructuring itself and trying to shift into more profitable areas of e-commerce, today reported its Q4 earnings.

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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed: Twitter is now limiting visibility of tweets from “potentially abusive accounts” only to their followers for a limited number of hours  —  Twitter time out.  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey  —  Teresa Kroeger / Getty Images  —  Twitter is temporarily decreasing the reach of tweets …

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Maureen Farrell / Wall Street Journal: Sources: Snap sets initial valuation between $19.5B to $22.2B, or $14 to $16 per share, near the low end of the $20-25B range it had earlier targeted  —  Snap Inc. set a valuation for itself between $19.5 billion and $22.2 billion, according to people familiar with the matter …

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JC Torres / SlashGear: LG G6 to feature 5.7-inch QHD+ FullVision display with 2880x1440 resolution and special UX 6.0 software with split screen option for better multitasking  —  It may seem that LG has run out of gimmicks to pull off for the LG G6, which is why it implemented a never before seen on a smartphone 18:9 screen aspect ratio.

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Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider: KGI: Apple's 2017 OLED iPhone to have a “function area” for virtual buttons, bigger battery, $1K+ price tag  —  Apple will ditch the home button when it debuts a new ‘iPhone 8’ model later this year, and will dedicate the extra screen real estate to an area for virtual buttons, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Microsoft open sources software used for training autonomous drones, cars, and more, letting users test devices in many conditions  —  Microsoft has made available a beta version of an advanced virtual world for training autonomous drones, as well as other gadgets that move on their own.

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Rishika Sadam / Reuters: Cisco reports Q2 revenue of $11.6B, down 2% YoY but beating estimates, as core businesses decline  —  Cisco Systems Inc's (CSCO.O) quarterly revenue fell for the fifth straight quarter, hurt by sluggish demand in its legacy network equipment business.  —  The company's net income fell to $2.35 billion …

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Julie Bort / Business Insider: Cisco reports Q2 earnings: a beat on revenue and profits  —  Cisco just announced its second quarter earnings and we're sifting through them now.  It reported: Q2 adjusted EPS of $0.57.  The street was looking for $0.56 so that's a beat.  It reported sales of $11.6 billion vs estimates of $11.55 billion, another beat.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google News expands “fact check” tag for stories on web and mobile apps to Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina  —  In October, Google announced it would begin highlighting fact-checked resources in its Google News vertical, allowing readers to more easily find links to reputable sources …

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Mark Bergen / Bloomberg: Alphabet hires Gregory McCray, ex-CEO of Aero Communications, to lead its Access division, which includes Fiber  —  Alphabet Inc. has named broadband executive Gregory McCray as the new head of its Access subsidiary as the company tries to develop a new strategy for the internet communications business.

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Alex Heath / Business Insider: Facebook adds option for job postings tab on US businesses' Pages, enabling autofill of some applicant information and replies via Messenger  —  Facebook is going after LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and other job listing sites.  —  Starting Wednesday, US businesses on Facebook will be able …

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg: Source: Huawei has 100+ engineers developing a smartphone digital assistant for its Chinese users, aimed at competing with Siri  —  One of China's largest smartphone makers wants to take on Siri.  —  by  —  Huawei Technologies Co., the third-largest smartphone maker …

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Tamar Wilner / Columbia Journalism Review: Facebook offers mea culpa to reporters during “News on Facebook” roadshow in Texas, says it's recommitted to listening to local journalists and newsrooms  —  Facebook called local news “the starting place for great journalism” last month, in a wide-ranging announcement for the company's new “Facebook Journalism Project.”

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AP News: Yahoo has been issuing warnings to users about malicious activity on their accounts in 2015 and 2016 related to “forged cookies”, won't say how many affected  —  LONDON (AP) — Yahoo is warning users of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016 …

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