11 Stories You Need To Know Today

Facebook allows custom gender identities, African governments use drones, Comcast and Time Warner Cable merge, and more.

Facebook no longer forces users into the gender binary, allowing for custom options on profile. The Verge

Bots of all kinds make up over 60% of Internet traffic. Mashable

Apple may be planning a new set-top-box with content from Time Warner Cable. The Verge

Car-sharing services are responsible for 500,000 less car sells in 2013. VentureBeat

Instagram logs 15 times more engagement from its user than Facebook. Luxury Daily

Steam introduces a new tagging system with user-inputted custom tags. Joystiq

Marriott’s loyalty members can now checkout via smartphone at all of its U.S. hotels. Skift

Comcast and Time Warner Cable agreed to a multibillion dollar merger. VentureBeat

Apple claims to use ‘conflict-free’ metals in its products. Mashable

African governments are using drones as an alternative to a fully equipped air force. Wired UK

Rizvi Traverse to lead $250 million investment in Jawbone at $3.3 billion valuation. Re/code

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