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Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch: Bumble to debut video stories, letting users add 10-second ephemeral videos to their profiles, which will launch with drawing tools and more filters  —  Bumble will soon release BumbleVID, which will allow users from across the dating platform to create a story with unlimited 10-second videos, which will each delete after 24 hours.

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Mike Isaac / New York Times: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative hires ex-Obama adviser David Plouffe, as firm expands influence  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, have vowed to put their enormous wealth toward philanthropic causes.  Now the couple are putting infrastructure …

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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac: Chris Lattner, creator of Swift, LLVM, and longtime leader of Xcode tools team, leaves Apple, says he plans to remain an active member of the Swift Core Team  —  Veteran Apple employee Chris Lattner shared publicly today that he is leaving the company after more than a decade.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: GoFundMe acquires CrowdRise, which had raised $25M+, to expand to fundraising for charities  —  GoFundMe has made a name for itself as a go-to platform for individuals looking to raise money for good causes — a business that has been a big success, raising $3 billion since 2010 from 25 million+ donors across over 2 million campaigns.

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Nick Wingfield / New York Times: Sonos co-founder and CEO John MacFarlane resigns amid growing competition from voice assistants Amazon Echo and Google Home  —  SEATTLE — Over the years, Sonos has weathered competition from better known rivals like Apple and Bose to find a devoted audience among audio enthusiasts.

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Ed Bott / ZDNet: After criticism, Microsoft adds privacy web dashboard, simplifies existing privacy controls and adds app-specific granular options in Windows 10 Creators Update  —  In the past year, regulators and privacy advocates have taken potshots at Microsoft over its data collection policies.

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch: All-flash storage startup Kaminario raises $75M led by private equity firm Waterwood Group, bringing its total raised to $218M  —  Kaminario, the all-flash storage vendor based near Boston, announced an oversubscribed $75 million round today.  —  The investment was led by private equity firm, Waterwood Group.

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Abner Li / 9to5Google: LG says upcoming G6 will have 5.7-inch QHD+ 564 PPI display with 18:9 aspect ratio, lower power consumption, and 0.2mm bezels  —  With LG in decline due to its mobile division, the company is attempting a turnaround with its upcoming G6.  In an interesting move, LG Displays has announced …

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: Apple says Consumer Reports' battery test had disabled Safari cache in developer settings, which triggered an obscure bug that has since been patched  —  Last month, Consumer Reports came up with some interesting battery test results with the latest MacBook Pro models.  Results ranged from 3.75 hours to 19.5 hours.

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Alan Boyle / GeekWire: LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, Omidyar Network back $27M Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund for research into the social impacts of AI  —  LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Omidyar Network anchor a newly formed $27 million fund to support research into the social impacts of artificial intelligence.

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch: Europe proposes expanding telco data privacy rules to email and mobile messaging services like WhatsApp and Gmail, aims for proposal to be adopted by May 2018  —  The European Commission has set out proposals for updating rules which govern the use of personal telecoms data that would expand …

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April Glaser / Recode: French drone maker Parrot is laying off a third of its drone division, about 290 staff, after a poor performance in Q4 led to missed 2016 sales estimates  —  It's not easy to compete with DJI.  —  Drone makers are having a tough time competing with China's DJI.

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Steve Brachmann / IPWatchdog.com: IBM granted record 8,088 patents in 2016 by the US Patent and Trademark Office, more than any other company and its 24th straight year at the top of the list  —  In 1992, Bill Clinton was elected President of the United States.  Hurricane Andrew bore down on the American Southeast …

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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch: Fitbit acquires European luxury smartwatch maker Vector for an undisclosed sum; no new products will be developed using the Vector name  —  Well this is a relatively fast exit.  In March last year a brand new smart watch brand appeared, hoping to offer something different.

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Pete Pachal / Mashable: First look at Hulu Live TV service: “Lineup” feature curates a selection based on the user's favorite genres, sports teams, and shows  —  LAS VEGAS — It's going to be a whole new Hulu.  —  The service for watching last night's shows will soon begin offering live TV as well.

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Tom Korosec / Bloomberg: Intellectual property lawsuit by ZeniMax Media against Oculus began Monday with jury selection in Dallas  —  ZeniMax alleges Facebook acquisition Oculus stole technology  —  Zuckerberg may testify in $2 billion Dallas trial over goggles  —  Facebook Inc. bet early on virtual reality …

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Paul Sandle / Reuters: Snapchat picks London for its international HQ  —  Messaging app Snapchat said it would make London the home of its international operations, delivering another vote of confidence in Britain's technology credentials as the country prepares to leave the European Union.

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Andrew Dalton / Engadget: FDA warns St. Jude's [email protected] transmitters used in monitoring pacemakers, other cardiac devices are vulnerable to hacking; OTA fix started going out Monday  —  According to a cybersecurity notice from the Food and Drug Administration, certain pacemakers and cardiac devices are currently vulnerable to hacking.

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Dona Sarkar / Windows Blog: Microsoft debuts latest Windows 10 preview; new features include lower blue light settings for night usage, tile folders, Edge web payments, and tab preview bar  —  Hello Windows Insiders!  —  Today we are excited to be releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15002 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

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Robert Scoble / Facebook: Source at Zeiss says Apple and Carl Zeiss AG are working on AR, mixed reality glasses that may be announced this year  —  Exclusive news: Apple and Zeiss working together on augmented reality optics.  —  For the nerds who were at CES and not paying attention to all my posts.

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Bloomberg: Sources: Alphabet to sell the Skybox Imaging satellite business it bought for $500M less than three years ago to Planet Labs  —  Planet Labs may buy Skybox and gain new employees from deal  —  Alphabet curbs plans for global internet satellite network  —  Alphabet Inc. is in talks to sell …

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Alexei Oreskovic / Business Insider: SEC filing: Marissa Mayer to leave Yahoo board after Verizon sale; company to be renamed Altaba Inc.  —  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is resigning from company's board of directors, Yahoo announced in a filing with the SEC on Monday.  —  The move will be in connection with Yahoo's planned $4.8 billion merger with Verizon.

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Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors: Tencent's WeChat unveils Mini Program, an app platform for the chat app, deflects comparisons to an app store, saying there's no centralized app repository  —  Popular Chinese mobile app company WeChat [Direct Link] congratulated Apple on ten years of the iPhone earlier this morning …

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Connie Loizos / TechCrunch: Activehours raises $22M Series A led by Matrix Partners to take on the payroll industry with its quick and free paycheck-processing service  —  What if you didn't have to wait every two weeks to receive a paycheck?  —  What if you could be wired the money you earned almost immediately after a shift?

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Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal: Airbnb led $13M funding round in restaurant-booking app Resy, its largest investment to date, to expand beyond home-sharing and become travelers' one-stop shop  —  Airbnb led a $13 million funding round in restaurant-booking app Resy Network Inc.

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