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Tim Peterson / Marketing Land: Facebook opens itself to measurement audit by Media Rating Council, gives brands more control over video ad buys  —  Facebook will sell video ads based on the industry's viewability standard and introduce a new sound-on option.  —  In an effort to rebuild advertisers' trust following …

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: WSJ: Xiaomi is working on its own SoC, aims to release it within a month  —  The Wall Street Journal claims Xiaomi is getting into the chip design business.  —  According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is looking to join the ranks of Apple …

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Bloomberg: Xiaomi, the pioneer of online flash sales in China, plans to roll out a chain of 1K retail stores in China over the next three years under the Mi Home banner  —  Flash sales pioneer plans 1,000 new stores over three years  —  Co-founder Lei Jun says Xiaomi has to overhaul retail strategy

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Facebook: Facebook commits to audit its ad metrics by the Media Rating Council, the industry's measurement watchdog, following disclosures of mistakes in its data  —  As a partner to over 4 million advertisers across a wide range of organizations and objectives, we want to provide transparency, choice and accountability.

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Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg: CB Insights report: VCs invested $3.1B in a record 279 cybersecurity startups in 2016 after investing $3.7B in 272 startups in 2015  —  Trident Capital Cybersecurity raises $300 million to back more  —  Trump and other global leaders push for better cyber defenses

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Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica: Samsung Chromebook Pro review: solid design, good performance and battery life, but Chrome OS and Android integration isn't perfect yet  —  Review: Chrome/Android integration is on the right track.  —  The market is about to be flooded with a new wave of Chromebooks, all focused on Android apps.

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Matt Weinberger / Business Insider: HackerOne raises $40M Series C led by led by Dragoneer Investment Group  —  HackerOne, a marketplace where companies can pay hackers to spot and fix security flaws in their software, has raised another $40 million in venture capital funding in a round led by Dragoneer Investment Group.

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TechCrunch: GOAT raises $25M round led by Accel for its mobile-only marketplace for collectible sneakers, after raising $5M in August 2016  —  Feb 7, 2017, 8:00 amFeb 7, 2017, 1:38 pm  —  The secondary market for collectible shoes continues to grow, leading investors to pump more funds into companies serving sneakerheads.

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Wall Street Journal: Sources: Samsung Galaxy S8 to be unveiled late next month in New York, with a curved-screen, an AI assistant called Bixby, and in two sizes  —  The South Korean tech company is hoping that a streamlined design and a new virtual assistant for its next flagship smartphone will help consumers forget last year's massive recall.

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Alan F. / PhoneArena: WhatsApp starts rolling out two-step verification for all iOS, Android, and Windows users  —  Messaging app WhatsApp announced today that it has started rolling out two-step verification for its iOS, Android and Windows users.  It is up to the user of each device to enable the app to use this new feature …

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors: KGI: all three 2017 iPhones will have wireless charging, and OLED model will need additional graphite sheathing to prevent the overheating of 3D Touch sensor  —  Apple is widely rumored to launch three new iPhones this year, and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo now claims that all of them will feature wireless charging.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Facebook adds weather reports to its app and website based on user location, using data from Weather.com  —  Facebook is rolling out a useful new feature that puts a full weather forecast inside its mobile app and desktop site.  The feature is accessible from News Feed or the mobile app's …

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Mariella Moon / Engadget: Chrome for Android adds WebVR support for the Daydream headset  —  If you have a Daydream VR headset, you may want to update your Android phone's Chrome browser ASAP.  Chrome's stable version now supports WebVR, a JavaScript API necessary for experiences loaded on browsers to work on a VR device.

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Narottam Medhora / Reuters: Nvidia beats estimates with Q4 revenue of $2.17B, up 55% YoY, vs. $2.11B expected, as its GPU sales grow 57% to $1.85B, automotive business up 37.6% to $128M  —  Nvidia Corp's quarterly revenue surged more than 50 percent for the second straight quarter, helped by rising demand for its graphics chips …

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Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC: Yelp meets Q4 estimates with $194.8M in revenue, up 27% YoY, but Q1 guidance is lower than expected; stock down 7%+  —  Shares of Yelp fell more than 8 percent after hours Thursday after the company reported its quarterly financial results.  —  The online review platform reported $195 million …

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Katie Roof / TechCrunch: Pandora beats with Q4 revenue of $393M, up 17% YoY, vs. $374M expected, predicts Q1 loss of $70-$80M  —  Internet music giant Pandora fell 4% in initial after hours trading after the company released its fourth quarter 2016 earnings results.  —  Pandora actually beat expectations …

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Mike Minotti / VentureBeat: Activision Blizzard beats Q4 estimates with $2.01B in revenue, up 49% YoY; stock up 9%+  —  It was a gigantic quarter for Activision Blizzard.  —  The publisher announced today that it achieved GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles, or earned) revenues of $2.01 billion …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Twitch launches Communities in beta, catering to hundreds of non-gaming interests and topics, available now  —  Twitch's push to broaden the scope of its video game streaming site to include more types of content continues today with the launch of a new section on its site called “Communities.”

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Andrew Liptak / The Verge: Facebook hires MTV executive Mina Lefevre as head of development, overseeing scripted and unscripted content  —  Mina Lefevre had been the head of scripted for MTV  —  Facebook has been working to make video a central part of how its users experience the site, first with Facebook Live …

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Stephen Witt / Billboard: Interview with Jeff Bezos and Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music, about the music industry, Echo and Alexa's place in it, more  —  Amazon founder Jeff Bezos would make almost any list of the world's most powerful people.  In retail, he's clearly on top, and in tech, he's close to it.

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Marcus Ash / Windows Blog: Microsoft's Cortana will now suggest reminders based on content of emails, available now on Windows 10 and iOS, Android in the coming weeks  —  Cortana* already gives you reminders for people, places and times, and helps you make and manage to-do lists so you don't forget a thing.

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Andrew J / The Verge: Lyft hires Luc Vincent, an ex-Google engineering director who worked on Google Maps, to lead its mapping and marketplace division  —  Luc Vincent, your Lyft is arriving  —  Luc Vincent, senior director of engineering at Google, has been hired by Lyft to lead the ride-hail company's maps and marketplace division.

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: Filing: Snap Inc. has a $1B agreement with Amazon Web Services to use its services alongside Google's; minimum 2017 spend is $50M, rising to $350M by 2021  —  Snap disclosed the deal in a revised version of its S-1 made public Thursday.  —  It turns out that Google isn't the only company Snap …

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Eddie Makuch / GameSpot: E3 opens to non-industry attendees for the first time in 2017, will make 15K tickets available Feb. 13  —  15,000 tickets for E3 2017 will go on sale this coming Monday, February 13.  —  For the first time ever, E3 is opening its doors to the public.  The Entertainment Software Association …

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Bloomberg: Sources: Airbnb in talks to acquire Luxury Retreats, a Montreal-based villa rental company; one source says the deal is expected to be under $300M  —  Deal would be Airbnb's largest at under $300 million  —  High-end rentals encroaches on Expedia and Priceline's turf

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