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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Kubernetes orchestrator now available on Microsoft's Azure Container Service; preview of Windows Server Containers with Kubernetes also available now on ACS  —  It's an open-source love fest: The Kubernetes container cluster manager is now generally available on Microsoft's Azure Container Service.

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Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors: KGI: Apple's 2017 OLED iPhone to have front-facing camera with 3D sensing abilities; depth sensing could be used in facial recognition and games  —  The rumored “iPhone 8” with an edge-to-edge OLED display will gain a “revolutionary” front-facing camera system that consists of three modules …

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Jim McGregor / Forbes: ARM buys European lightweight cellular tech firms Mistbase and NextG-Com as part of new initiative to offer cellular modems for IoT  —  Through a recent blog post, ARM made major announcements both in its efforts to enable new applications and to offer its first cellular modem.

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Dan Primack / Axios: Sources: Jay Z is launching a VC fund, which will partner with Sherpa Capital though it will have a separate brand, and investments won't be led by Sherpa  —  Rapper and ubiquitous mogul Jay Z is launching a venture capital fund, according to multiple sources.

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Abner Li / 9to5Google: Google's Project Fi starts testing Voice over LTE support for a subset of its users, does not announce timeframe for a roll out to all users  —  Resulting in quality and usability improvements, Voice over LTE allows calls to be made and received over data networks.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google's Project Fi starts testing Voice over LTE support  —  Google's own wireless service called Project Fi has rolled out Voice over LTE service for a subset of its users, the company confirmed this week via an announcement in Google's product forums.  Users will be able to tell that they've …

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Jon Fingas / Engadget: Qualcomm's new Snapdragon X20 LTE modem promises 1.2Gbps download speeds on mobile; products using it not expected until first half of 2018  —  Just because true 5G wireless is edging closer doesn't mean that 4G's peak speeds can't improve in the meantime.  Qualcomm has unveiled a new LTE modem …

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: TransferWise launches Facebook Messenger bot for easy global money transfers from US, Europe, Australia, and Canada  —  International money transfer service TransferWise has introduced a new Facebook Messenger bot, letting customers send money and create rate alerts directly from within Facebook Messenger.

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Saheli Roy Choudhury / CNBC: Alibaba's Ant Financial to invest $200M in Kakao Pay, the payments unit of South Korea's messaging company Kakao Corp, as part of a strategic partnership  —  Alibaba's payment affiliate Ant Financial upped its global expansion plans on Tuesday with a $200 million investment …

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Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg: Alibaba announces new retail strategic partnership with Shanghai Bailian Group, one of China's largest retailers, will upgrade Bailian's 4.7K stores in China  —  Jack Ma's new retail vision racing against Amazon Go  —  Partnership follows Alibaba's investment in Intime, Suning

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Verizon Communications Inc.: Verizon and Yahoo reduce price of acquisition deal by $350M, now valued at about $4.48B, and will evenly split cost of data breaches  —  Media contact(s) T. 908-559-6388 media@yahoo-inc.com … NEW YORK, NY and SUNNYVALE, CA - Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Yahoo! Inc. …

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Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal: Sources: Verizon and Yahoo agree to cut as much as $350M off the $4.83B deal and evenly split costs from data breaches  —  Companies are expected to announce revised agreement  —  Verizon Communications Inc. outbid several suitors to buy Yahoo Inc.'s struggling internet business last year.

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Mike Wuerthele / AppleInsider: Apple files 14-point appeal against European Commission's $14B tax edict, says the company's European HQ in Cork, Ireland was set up in accordance with the law  —  Apple has filed its appeal with the European court of appeals, all declaring that the European Commission's decision to levy $14 billion …

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Marco Arment / Marco.org: Overcast version 3 released, brings new UI, easier navigation, and queue feature to the popular iOS podcast player  —  Overcast 3 is now available, and it's a huge update, mostly in the design and flow of the interface.  I've been working on it since last summer, informed by over two years of testing, usage, and customer feedback.

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Kara Swisher / Recode: Travis Kalanick tells employees in memo former US AG Eric Holder has been hired to probe sexism allegations, and Uber will begin publishing diversity reports  —  The car-hailing company has tried to move quickly to quell the outrage over blog that alleges rampant sexism.

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire: Microsoft strikes exclusive cloud deal with Flipkart, Amazon's biggest online retail rival in India, as a first step in a broader strategic partnership  —  Flipkart, the top online marketplace in India, has agreed to adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform …

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BBC: New Zealand's High Court rules Kim Dotcom and three others of Megaupload can be extradited to US, upholding an earlier ruling from the District Court  —  Kim Dotcom, the founder of content-sharing site Megaupload, can legally be extradited to the US, New Zealand's High Court has ruled.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Magic Leap acquires the 3D division of Dacuda, a computer vision startup based out of Zurich  —  Magic Leap, the augmented reality startup that has raised $1.4 billion in funding but has yet to release a product, has made an acquisition to expand its work in computer vision and deep learning …

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Amar Toor / The Verge: Harris Poll: Samsung's reputation drops to #49 among US consumers, from #3 in 2016, following Note 7 fiasco, as Amazon tops list for second consecutive year  —  Korean smartphone maker ranks 49th in annual reputation ratings, after coming in third in 2016  —  Samsung's reputation among US …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook-owned WhatsApp launches Status, an encrypted Snapchat Stories clone  —  WhatsApp could put the brakes on Snapchat's international growth with today's launch of WhatsApp Status, a new tab for sharing decorated photos, videos and GIFs that disappear after 24 hours.

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Ashley Carman / The Verge: ZTE shuts down its Hawkeye phone Kickstarter campaign after reaching only $36K of its $500K goal  —  After a month and a half of letting its Hawkeye phone flounder on Kickstarter, ZTE is finally ending the campaign.  It received $36,245 out of its $500,000 funding goal.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Snap starts selling Spectacles online in the US for $130 at Spectacles.com  —  Snap wants to prove to investors in its upcoming IPO that Spectacles can earn money for its business, not just be a brand stunt.  So today, Snap begins selling its video-recording sunglasses Spectacles openly online for $129.99 in the US at Spectacles.com.

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Kelly Fiveash / Ars Technica UK: Google and Microsoft's Bing agree to demote piracy search results in the UK by 1 June 2017, as part of a deal with the entertainment industry  —  Google and Microsoft's Bing have agreed to crack down on piracy sites in the UK, after years of wrangling with film and music rights holders.

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Stephanie Condon / ZDNet: AT&T starts testing drones to provide LTE service in disaster areas or other locations without cell coverage  —  During several short test flights in a “dead zone” about an hour outside of Atlanta, the drones successfully transmitted and received LTE signals.

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Allison Schiff / AdExchanger: Cliqz, the German privacy-focused browser maker backed by Mozilla, buys Ghostery browser extension, which monitors and lets you block tracking scripts on sites  —  Ghostery has decided not to have its cake and eat it too.  —  On Wednesday, the company announced that it's been acquired …

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