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Mike Prospero / Tom's Guide: Sonos One speakers also leave marks on unprotected wood surfaces, marks appear to fade over time; Sonos says it is investigating  —  The HomePod isn't the only smart speaker that can damage your furniture.  —  White rings caused by the Apple HomePod (left) and the Sonos One (right)

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Sara Fischer / Axios: Chartbeat: AMP traffic to publishers increased 100% since 2017 as mobile dominates traffic growth; Parse.ly data shows Facebook referral traffic fell to 25.3%  —  According to new data from Chartbeat, the vast majority of traffic growth publishers are seeing from platforms is now coming from Google AMP …

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Monica Chin / Mashable: Latest Windows 10 Insider build has “Ultimate Performance” power mode, which Microsoft says builds on “High Performance” mode by removing more micro-latencies  —  Microsoft is adding a new enhanced power mode to Windows 10 Pro for users who need to squeeze every ounce of performance out of there computer.

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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: After signing a licensing deal with Getty, Google Image Search removes View Image button; Search by Image button also removed but still works through search bar  —  Google has removed the View Image button and the Search by Image feature when viewing an individual image within Google Image Search.

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Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge: Coinbase says it will issue refunds after an issue with its payment processor led to some users being repeatedly charged for purchases  —  A growing number of Coinbase customers are complaining that the cryptocurrency exchange withdrew unauthorized money out of their accounts.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google releases Gmail Go, a scaled-down version that takes up less storage space, on Android, following YouTube Go, Assistant Go, and others  —  Google has added a notable addition to its line of “Go” edition apps - the lightweight apps designed primarily for emerging markets - with the launch of Gmail Go.

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Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed: How Facebook prioritizing friends' content with many comments led to a post reappearing atop people's News Feed over and over, increasing “engagement” even more  —  Last Saturday — 12 days ago now — I shared a cringeworthy video on Facebook: a 6-minute clip …

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Stephen Babcock / Technical.ly Baltimore: Baltimore-based software development company Catalyte raises $27M Series A from Rise of the Rest Seed Fund and others to continue hiring developers  —  Baltimore-based software development firm Catalyte is looking to take its analytics-based approach to finding new software developers to cities across the U.S., said CEO Jacob Hsu.

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Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch: Facebook partners with Lyft, Chase, Save the Children, and others to bolster its Community Help efforts by offering more information on food, transport, shelter  —  Facebook is amping up its Community Help efforts, now enabling companies like Lyft, Chase, International Medical Corps and Save …

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Theodore Schleifer / Recode: Andrew Chen, ex-head of growth at Uber, joins Andreessen Horowitz as a general partner, a week after Lars Dalgaard left a16z to start his own fund  —  Notable: The firm still doesn't have any female general partners.  —  Andreessen Horowitz has plucked the head of growth at Uber and turned …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Korean messaging platform Kakao's game business, Kakao Games, raises $130M from Tencent and others ahead of IPO  —  Korea's dominant messaging firm Kakao is back raising funds after its games business, a standalone unit that is headed for an IPO, pulled in $130 million (140 billion KRW) …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: iOS and macOS bug blocks access to apps like Messages, Messenger, WhatsApp if user receives message with specific Indian character; bug fixed in iOS 11.3 beta  —  Here we go again  —  Apple had a shockingly bad week of software problems just before the end of 2017, and it looks like 2018 isn't starting so well either.

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Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal: British officials say Russia was “almost certainly responsible” for 2017 NotPeyta attack that targeted Ukraine and some large businesses  —  Ukraine bore the brunt of the June attack, in which the ‘Petya’ worm spread among corporate computer networks

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Biz Carson / Forbes: Dockless bike-sharing startup LimeBike adds $70M to its $50M Series B from October; investors include Fifth Wall Ventures, which is backed by real estate titans  —  LimeBike wants to help find its random scattering of bikes a perhaps better and more useful home.

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Chris Velazco / Engadget: Samsung Notebook 9 Pen review: solid performance, very capable S Pen, and comfortable keyboard, but limited ports, unremarkable battery, and drab design  —  My backpack is a disaster.  I've always been sort of a packrat and working at Engadget doesn't help.

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Taylor Lorenz / The Daily Beast: Big meme pages are skirting Facebook's spam detection by overlaying static videos with watermark-like white arrows and triangles, and reaching millions of users  —  Viral meme pages have developed a new trick to reach millions of users and generate big money from publishers and brand pages.

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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch: CommonSense Robotics, which develops AI and robotics tech to help online grocery retailers expedite delivery, raises $20M Series A led by Playground Global  —  CommonSense Robotics, an Israel-based startup developing AI and robotics tech to help online grocery retailers speed up fulfilment and delivery …

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Wall Street Journal: Sources: Peter Thiel has discussed resigning from Facebook's board amid a broader shift away from the tech industry, which he sees as intolerant of conservatism  —  Billionaire investor frustrated with what he sees as intolerance of conservatism in tech industry; has discussed resigning from Facebook board

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Saritha Rai / Bloomberg: Alibaba-backed Paytm Mall, the ecommerce unit of India's Paytm, partners with footwear brand Red Tape to open a brick-and-mortar store in New Delhi  —  The online store dips a toe in physical retail with shoes  —  Paytm is adopting a model that Amazon and Alibaba espouse

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: JD.com raises ~$2.5B by selling stake in its logistics business to investors including Hillhouse Capital and Tencent at $13.5B valuation, will retain 81% stake  —  JD.com, the Chinese e-commerce giant that is Alibaba's closest rival, is raising giving its logistics spin-out business a huge boost …

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg: TechInsights: HomePod costs $216 to build, generates 38% profit, compared with profit margins of 66% for Google Home and 56% for Amazon Echo  —  Smart speaker's $349 price suggests Apple is making 38% margin  —  HomePod also generates revenue from music subscriptions

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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed: Twitter begins streaming local news broadcasts next to timeline amid major news events, displaying Miami's WSVN 7 coverage of high school shooting on Wednesday  —  As Facebook deemphasizes news in its core experience, Twitter does the opposite.  —  Twitter is starting to show live …

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Facebook's two-factor authentication system auto-posts all 2FA SMS replies from a user to their profile; it is unclear if the behavior is intentional or a bug  —  It may be a bug  —  Facebook's two-factor authentication (2FA) system has come under fire today for some bizarre design elements …

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Larry Hardesty / MIT News: MIT researchers have developed a special purpose chip that increases the speed of neural network computations by up to 7x while consuming ~95% less power  —  New chip reduces neural networks' power consumption by up to 95 percent, making them practical for battery-powered devices.  —  Press Inquiries

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet: RightScale 2018 State of the Cloud report: AWS enterprise adoption grew 15% YoY but its lead shrank after Azure grew 35%, Google grew 26%, and IBM grew 50%  —  Here's a look at the annual run rates, hybrid cloud strategies and approaches to artificial intelligence and machine learning among the public cloud providers.

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