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Microsoft and Xiaomi expand partnership

Microsoft and Xiaomi are expanding their partnership – working more closely together in AI, cloud computing and hardware.

Why it matters: After having dropped out of the mobile OS game, Microsoft is seeking other ways to remain important in phones, especially in China.

Where it started: The relationship between the two companies spans back to 2015 when Xiaomi began using Microsoft Azure to run its Mi Cloud service for smartphone users and in 2016 Xiaomi began pre-installing the Microsoft Office and Skype app for its Android-based devices.

One more thing: Xiaomi has also been considering expanding its phone business to the U.S. and a deal with Microsoft could help on the patent front.

Haley Britzky 1 hour ago
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Zuckerberg happy to testify if it is "the right thing to do”

A portrait of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
A portrait of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Jaap Arriens / NurPhoto via Getty Images

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he would be "happy" to testify before Congress if it was "the right thing to do," in an interview with CNN's Laurie Segall.

Why it matters: Facebook has been under the microscope lately for what Zuckerberg called earlier today the "Cambridge Analytica situation." Zuckerberg said if he as the "person...who will have the most knowledge," than he'd be the one to testify in the face of Facebook's data-collection situation.

Ina Fried 1 hour ago
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Zuckerberg: Facebook may have influenced election, may need to be regulated

Zuckerberg at F8 in 2017
Zuckerberg at F8 in 2017. Photo: Facebook

In a flurry of media interviews on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he is willing to testify before Congress, that he can't guarantee that Russians didn't get their hands on Facebook user data and that he isn't sure Facebook shouldn't be regulated.

Why it matters: After remaining silent for several days, Mark Zuckerberg has given interviews with outlets including CNN, Wired, the New York Times and Recode. The interviews answer some, but definitely not all of the questions left unanswered by his earlier Facebook post.