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Komal Khettry / Reuters: Shopify adds 133K net new merchants last year, bringing total to 377.5K, forecasts revenue of $580M-$600M, vs. $563.3M expected; stock up 6%+  —  Canada's Shopify Inc (SHOP.TO) forecast better-than-expected 2017 revenue due to higher demand for its ecommerce software, which is used to set up and manage online stores.

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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch: Makerbot says it will layoff 30% of its staff, or around 90 people, and deepen its focus on core products  —  MakerBot is laying off 30 percent of its staff as part of an ongoing effort to adapt to a changing market, the company announced in a blog post today.

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Li Zhou / Politico: Republican Senator Jeff Flake plans to introduce resolution to roll back FCC's broadband privacy rules; sources say 12 co-sponsors were lined up as of last week  —  End in sight for FCC airwaves auction — House E&C dem dings Pai transparency push

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Bloomberg: Sources: Apple struggles to make big M&A deals due to risk aversion, inexperience closing and integrating deals, a reluctance to work with external advisers  —  IPhone maker mostly buys small startups for new tech, talent  —  CEO hints at larger transactions as analysts seek new growth

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Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica: Amazon's Alexa adds Outlook.com integration, letting users add and review events  —  Get Alexa to manage your Outlook calendar for you.  —  Outlook users with an Amazon Echo can now make the online retailer's assistant go to work for them.  Amazon quietly updated Alexa to support Outlook calendars …

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Wall Street Journal: Sources: Amazon and Google are considering adding voice calls to Echo and Home smart speakers, amid concerns about privacy and telecom regulations  —  Amazon's Echo or the Google Home could be used to make or receive calls, people familiar with the matter said, a functionality that would give …

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Bloomberg: Sources: Verizon is close to negotiating a new deal with Yahoo which reduces the price tag by around $250M  —  Verizon has tentatively reached a revised Yahoo deal that would lower the price by about $250 million, Bloomberg News reports.

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David Katzmaier / CNET: Caavo unveils eight-port device that connects streaming boxes to TV and gives apps one interface with voice control; coming this fall for $399  —  Imagine saying, “Alexa, ask Caavo to show ‘The Young Pope.’”  —  Your TV turns on and after a few moments, the show picks up where you left off.

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Elyse Betters / Pocket-lint: Jaguar and Shell unveil in-car payments app in select cars for Shell gas stations in UK, with support for Apple Pay and PayPal  —  Jaguar has introduced a new app integration that allows some drivers to use their car's touchscreen to pay for fuel.  —  The Shell app, described …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: SoftBank to acquire Fortress Investment Group for $3.3B; Fortress has holdings in Lyft, Xapo, Jawbone and other tech companies  —  Japan's SoftBank has made another acquisition to widen both its business strategy and its portfolio of investments.  Today the company announced it would pay $3.3 billion …

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New York Times: SEC filing shows Berkshire Hathaway nearly quadrupled investment in Apple last quarter to $7.7B, up from $2B in previous quarter  —  OMAHA, Neb. — Warren Buffett's company nearly quadrupled its investment in Apple to over 57 million shares during the last three months of last year.

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Security researchers uncover new macOS malware Xagent, a modular backdoor from the Russian group APT28 that's been linked to last year's DNC hacks  —  Xagent for Macs steals passwords, grabs screenshots, and exfiltrates iPhone backups.  —  APT28, the Russian hacking group tied …

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Eugene Kim / Business Insider: Filing: Amazon reported sales of ~$6.4B for retail subscription services, which includes Prime, in 2016, up 43% YoY  —  Amazon has finally shared more financial details around its Prime user base, giving a clue to just how popular its membership service really is.

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Katie Roof / TechCrunch: PayPal has agreed to buy bill payment management company TIO Networks for $233M, gaining access to customers who pay bills at kiosks  —  PayPal has agreed to buy bill payment management company TIO Networks for $233 million in cash.  The deal will allow PayPal to gain access to a market …

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: Open Whisper Systems announces beta rollout of video calling feature for Signal app, which comes with new privacy tradeoffs  —  Even as the encryption app Signal became the go-to private communications channel for activists, journalists, politicians, and more, its encrypted calling feature remained less than perfect.

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Pavithra Mohan / Fast Company: Etsy announces Etsy Studio, a marketplace for craft supplies set to launch with 8M products in April, to include 60 DIY tutorials at start with more each week  —  Etsy's ambitious new marketplace aims to make it easier for everyone to start creating, and selling, their wares.

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch: HTC reports Q4 revenue of $720.7M, down 13% YoY, and a quarterly operating loss of $116.8M, despite reducing the business' costs by 34% over 2016  —  HTC's latest financials make for another fairly dismal read for the mobile device and VR headset maker, though — crumbs of comfort — it's making a slightly smaller year-over-year loss.

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Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com: Microsoft brings its $50/year Office.com subscription option out of preview for US users, available for $20/year until March 31, with ad free inbox, more  —  There's no announcement from Microsoft, but Outlook.com Premium has shed its Preview tag, meaning it is now generally available.  The bad news?

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Facebook: Facebook debuts video playback changes, including autoplaying with sound unless device is muted, picture-in-picture video, and rollout of vertical video format  —  People are watching and sharing more video on Facebook than ever, and we're focused on continuously improving the video experience.

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: Facebook announces free app for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung Smart TV, launching “soon”  —  The new app will let users kick back and watch Facebook videos from the couch.  —  Facebook is coming to your television.  —  The social network on Tuesday announced a new app …

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Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC: Apple stock hits a new all-time high, breaking the previous record of $134.54 set in April 2015  —  Shares of Apple's stock set another record on Tuesday, setting an all-time intraday high.  —  Apple rose nearly 1 percent on Tuesday and briefly passed the previous record of $134.54, set in April 2015.

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Dustin Volz / Reuters: Microsoft President Brad Smith calls for a “Digital Geneva Convention” between nation states to prevent hacking and cybercrime  —  Microsoft President Brad Smith on Tuesday pressed the world's governments to form an international body to protect against nation-state hacking …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google launches Cloud Spanner in beta, a globally distributed relational database service that the company's used internally for years, promises 99.9999% uptime  —  Google today announced the beta launch of Cloud Spanner, a new globally distributed database service for mission-critical applications.

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Reuters: T-Mobile US reports Q4 revenue of $10.18B, up 23.4% YoY, vs $9.84B expected, as it adds 933K postpaid subs for the quarter  —  T-Mobile US Inc, the No.3 U.S. wireless carrier, reported quarterly profit and revenue above estimates as promotional offers helped add more subscribers.

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Yvonne Villarreal / Los Angeles Times: YouTube Kids to launch original programming, with the first four shows beginning rollout in April  —  Mariangeli Collado, from left, Jenna Simmons, Tatiana McQuay, McKenzie Mack and Lexi Drew are the stars of YouTube Red's new family series “Hyperlinked.”  The girls, who perform in the group L2M …

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