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Alex Konrad / Forbes: Sources: online bulk-order wholesaler Boxed has received acquisition interest of up to $500M from Kroger and some other major retailers  —  One of the highest-profile e-commerce startups is in talks to sell.  —  Online bulk-order wholesaler Boxed has received acquisition interest …

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Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed: Jeff Bezos says he and his wife will give $33M in scholarship money to DACA students  —  A day after Trump rejected a deal to preserve DACA, Jeff Bezos said he would make a major charitable donation to support DREAMers.  —  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced Friday that he would give $33 million …

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TechCrunch: Source: Verizon is working on a new OTT video content service based on Oath content and a connected home product to manage smart devices  —  Jan 12, 2018, 4:23 amJan 12, 2018, 8:39 am  —  At CES, the big consumer electronics show underway this week in Las Vegas (when the lights are working) …

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Sujha Sundararajan / CoinDesk: Baidu launches Baidu Trust blockchain-as-a-service, says tech has contributed to China's first asset-backed securities exchange products using blockchain  —  Chinese web search giant Baidu has launched its own blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) platform.  —  Based on technology developed by Baidu …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Sensor Tower data shows 83% of App Store reviews are critical of Snapchat's redesign in countries where the redesign is widely available  —  Confusingly jamming Stories in between private messages has sparked backlash amongst the first users of Snapchat's sweeping redesign.

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Dan Primack / Axios: First Alert, maker of safety products like fire and smoke alarms, buys WiFi system maker Luma; Luma has raised $22M in VC funding from Accel, Amazon, others  —  First Alert, a subsidiary of Newell Brands, has quietly acquired Luma, a home WiFi system maker that had raised $22 million …

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Janko Roettgers / Variety: Profile of Roku and its founder Anthony Wood, looking at the company's early days, how Roku plans to compete with its rivals, and more  —  Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood doesn't fit the image of your typical tech mogul.  In person, he comes across as quiet and introverted.

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Jason Koebler / Motherboard: Facebook's News Feed changes are good for media industry in the long term; journalism engineered to be picked by an algorithm is not journalism, it's marketing  —  A society that relies on a centralized portal to get its news may very well be doomed.  —  Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told …

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Kate Conger / Gizmodo: Ex-Google engineer claims senior Google execs pressured him to stop discussing pro-diversity initiatives on company forums, which motivated him to quit  —  A memo written by a former Google engineer claims that the company's human resources department and a senior vice president pressured …

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Arjun Kharpal / CNBC: Facebook shares fall over 4% in pre-market trading after it announces major changes to News Feed  —  - Facebook shares fell 5 percent at market open on Friday after it announced major changes to its News Feed  — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the News Feed will start prioritizing …

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Jake Smith / ZDNet: IDC: PC shipments in Q4 2017 grew by 0.7% YoY to 70.6M units but declined by 0.2% to 259.5M units in full year 2017; HP and Apple saw 8.3% and 7.3% growth in Q4  —  Research firm IDC said PC market most stable since 2011, led by HP.  —  The PC market is beginning to show some signs of stabling …

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Reuters: Intel says some data center customers using Broadwell and Haswell processors are reporting more system reboots after applying patch for Meltdown and Spectre  —  (Reuters) - Intel Corp on Thursday said that recently issued patches for flaws in its chips could cause computers using its older Broadwell …

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Will Greenwald / PC Magazine: TiVo unveils plans to add smart home integration, says Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT support will begin rolling out to DVRs over the next few months  —  LAS VEGAS—If you own a TiVo, you'll soon be able to control it through your Amazon Echo or Google Home.

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Cody Toombs / Android Police: Google updates Duo, lets users call some Android contacts who don't have the app installed; provides prompt to install at end of call  —  Google recently began rolling out a slightly updated look to the contact list on the Duo video calling app.  Alongside this fun rearrangement of pixels …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: AMD says it is making firmware updates available for Ryzen and EPYC processors this week to fix Spectre flaws, updating older processors “over the coming weeks”  —  Zero risk, but not zero impact  —  AMD's initial response to the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws made it clear “there is a near zero risk to AMD processors.”

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Mike Isaac / New York Times: Zuckerberg says News Feed will focus on what friends share, de-emphasize content from publishers and brands as it moves to favor interactions over passive posts  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook introduced sweeping changes to the kinds of posts, videos and photos that its more than two billion members …

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Lucia Moses / Digiday: Sources: Facebook plans News Feed change as early as next week, ranking user posts, Watch shows over publisher posts but also surfacing “reputable” publishers  —  The end is nigh.  Facebook is planning a major change to its news feed, starting as early as next week …

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Erin Griffith / Wired: Steve Jurvetson, who left DFJ in Nov., held event described as a “sex party” in new book Brotopia; Elon Musk, who attended, calls excerpt “salacious nonsense”  —  EARLIER THIS MONTH, a Vanity Fair report revealed sordid tales of Silicon Valley sex parties.

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Paul Kunert / The Register: Sources: IBM to reassign up to 30% of the ~103,000 staff in its Global Technology Services wing this year, resulting in job cuts through attrition of ~10,100  —  The result?  One-third of GTS to be ‘redeployed’ or not replaced when they leave  —  Exclusive IBM has indicated …

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Dan Primack / Axios: Steve Jurvetson, who acrimoniously left DFJ in November, had hosted a sex party described in Emily Chang's upcoming book Brotopia  —  Silicon Valley was rocked earlier this month by revelations of sex and drug parties attended by the tech elite, as detailed in a Vanity Fair excerpt of journalist Emily Chang's upcoming book Brotopia.

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Jessica DiNapoli / Reuters: Sources: Peter Thiel joins other bidders in making an offer in bankruptcy court for Gawker's remaining assets, including domains and 200K+ articles  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Venture capitalist Peter Thiel has made an offer for Gawker, hoping to overcome legal hurdles and rival bidders …

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Mark Bergen / Bloomberg: Sources: Google to vet videos in the Google Preferred ad program with human moderators and AI, after concerns from marketers over videos including Logan Paul's  —  Google is planning a new push to vet top-tier YouTube videos that it bundles for major advertisers, people familiar with the plan said.

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Alex Rosenblat / Fast Company: How Uber, Lyft, and other ride hail drivers use online forums to compare notes, share info, push back at employers, and help each other navigate the gig economy  —  Ride-hail drivers work alone, but they're banding together online to compare notes, uncover new policies, and help each other navigate the rough roads of the gig economy.

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Gwen Ackerman / Bloomberg: Jerusalem-based crowdfunding platform OurCrowd launches Cognitiv Ventures, a $100M fund for early-stage AI, deep learning, and robotics firms  —  Fund to look at tech-changing traditional industries  —  Cognitiv fund largest to be raised by OurCrowd since founding

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John Cook / GeekWire: Online legal directory Avvo says it has been acquired by Internet Brands, which owns WebMD and others; Avvo was reportedly valued at $650M in 2015  —  Seattle-based Avvo, which runs an online legal directory, marketplace and reviews site, has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Internet Brands …

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