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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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Jason Koebler / Motherboard: Stanford and Princeton researchers create ad-blocker that uses computer vision, can evade all known anti ad-blockers; available as a proof of concept on Chrome  —  A team of Princeton and Stanford University researchers has fundamentally reinvented how ad-blocking works …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft says Windows exploits disclosed by Shadow Brokers have been patched on all currently supported versions of Windows  —  Microsoft says it has already patched the Windows exploits released by the Shadow Brokers group.  The hacking tools, likely originating from the NSA …

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James Vincent / The Verge: A look at adversarial images, which target and trick AI systems into misidentifying people or objects  —  There's a scene in William Gibson's 2010 novel Zero History, in which a character embarking on a high-stakes raid dons what the narrator refers to as the “ugliest T-shirt” in existence …

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Will Knight / MIT Technology Review: Deep learning AI systems, which may help make important decisions in the future, are neither understandable to their creators nor accountable to their users  —  No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do.  That could be a problem.

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Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE: PagerDuty, provider of performance monitoring and notification tools for mission-critical applications, raises $43.8M Series C from Accel, a16z, Bessemer, more  —  Digital operations management platform provider PagerDuty Inc. has just landed a $43.8 Million Series C funding round led …

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Ali Breland / The Hill: Microsoft reveals first FBI National Security Letter in transparency report, says US foreign intelligence surveillance requests doubled from H2 2015 to H1 2016  —  Microsoft published its biannual transparency report on Thursday, revealing its first National Security Letter from the FBI.

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Alison Griswold / Quartz: Uber tells restaurants using UberRush to switch to UberEats by May 8; spokeswoman says UberRush will focus on backend delivery logistics for merchants  —  Uber plans to shut down UberRush, its backend logistics and courier service, for restaurants on May 8, Quartz has learned.

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: Latest Shadow Brokers dump includes evidence NSA hacked SWIFT transaction system in the Middle East, has new exploits for older Windows versions up to Windows 8  —  For eight months, the hacker group known as Shadow Brokers has trickled out an intermittent drip of highly classified NSA data.

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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg: Uber shares Q4 2016 numbers: gross bookings up 28% QoQ to $6.9B, net revenue up 74% QoQ to $2.9B, net loss up 5% to $991M  —  The ride-hailing giant opens up its books for the first time in an interview with Bloomberg.  —  by  —  Uber Technologies Inc. isn't required to report its finances publicly …

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Kif Leswing / Business Insider: DMV website shows that Apple has received the permit to test autonomous vehicles in California  —  Apple has received a permit from the California DMV to test autonomous cars.  —  The California DMV updated its website on Friday, adding Apple to over 30 other companies testing self-driving vehicles …

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica: Google retires the Octane JavaScript benchmark, since developers are making optimizations to boost scores at the expense of real world performance  —  JavaScript engines have focused too much on the benchmark, to the detriment of the real world.  —  Google has announced …

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Peloton raises $60M Series B from Omnitracs, Intel Capital, Nokia Growth Partners, Volvo Group, and others for its driver assist system for fleets of trucks  —  Peloton Technology ("Peloton"), a connected and automated vehicle startup that's setting out to improve the safety and efficiency …

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Lydia Ramsey / Business Insider: Blink Health, an app that helps people save money on prescription medications, raises $90M Series B led by 8VC, briging total raised to $165M  —  Blink Health, a company that provides discounts to prescription drugs, just raised another $90 million.  —  The New York-based digital health startup …

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Livemint: Filing shows India's Ola raised around $250M from SoftBank in Nov. 2016; sources say funding part of a bigger round that will lower valuation from $4.5B to $3B  —  Ola received Rs1,675 crore from SoftBank in November as part of a bigger funding round that will lower the company's valuation to about $3 billion from $4.5 billion

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Reuters: Japan's NHK: Apple considering multibillion dollar investment in Toshiba's chip business for stake of more than 20%  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is considering investing at least several billion dollars in the chip business put up for sale by Toshiba Corp (6502.T), public broadcaster NHK reported, citing an unidentified source.

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Elizabeth Weise / USA Today: Facebook rolling out tech changes using patterns to find fake accounts that can spread misinformation, malware, and falsely boost page rankings  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is ramping up efforts to kill off sham accounts used to spread fake news, pass along malware and falsely boost page rankings …

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Cody Toombs / Android Police: Google Photos v2.13 for Android adds video stabilization feature  —  There's nothing like adding great new features with an update.  The latest version of Photos began its rollout yesterday and it enables a video stabilization feature we've been looking forward to for months.

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Lora Kolodny / TechCrunch: Lidar sensor startup Luminar comes out of stealth, says it has raised $36M in seed funding from Canvas Ventures, GVA Capital, and Peter Thiel-backed 1517 Fund  —  Cameras help autonomous vehicles read street signs and the color of traffic lights.  But LiDARs, aka light detection and ranging systems …

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