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Facebook signs licensing deals with Global Music Rights, HFA, Rumblefish, Kobalt allowing users to use music and music videos on Facebook, Instagram, and Oculus (David Cohen/Adweek)

2018-01-12 18:10:02

David Cohen / Adweek:
Facebook signs licensing deals with Global Music Rights, HFA, Rumblefish, Kobalt allowing users to use music and music videos on Facebook, Instagram, and Oculus  —  The partnerships followed similar deals with Universal Music Group and Sony/ATV  —  Music continued to fill the air in Menlo Park …

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Kraken, a popular cryptocurrency exchange, shut down for a several hours of scheduled maintenance on Wednesday; 30+ hours later it is still down (Jon Southurst/Bitsonline)

2018-01-12 17:00:36

Jon Southurst / Bitsonline:
Kraken, a popular cryptocurrency exchange, shut down for a several hours of scheduled maintenance on Wednesday; 30+ hours later it is still down  —  Kraken users have expressed frustration and anger on social media as a scheduled upgrade went from two hours to more than a day.

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SCOTUS to review 1992 Quill decision that states can collect sales tax only if retailer has physical presence in the state; Quill is used in taxing online sales (Greg Stohr/Bloomberg)

2018-01-12 16:25:12

Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
SCOTUS to review 1992 Quill decision that states can collect sales tax only if retailer has physical presence in the state; Quill is used in taxing online sales  —  South Dakota says 1992 ban on many tax collections is obsolete  —  States could have collected $13 billion more in 2017: GAO

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Sources: online bulk-order wholesaler Boxed has received acquisition interest of up to $500M from Kroger and some other major retailers (Alex Konrad/Forbes)

2018-01-12 15:40:03

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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Jeff Bezos says he and his wife will give $33M in scholarship money to DACA students (Molly Hensley-Clancy/BuzzFeed)

2018-01-12 14:55:06

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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Source: Verizon is working on a new OTT video content service based on Oath content and a connected home product to manage smart devices (TechCrunch)

2018-01-12 14:00:16

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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Baidu launches Baidu Trust blockchain-as-a-service, says tech has contributed to China's first asset-backed securities exchange products using blockchain (Sujha Sundararajan/CoinDesk)

2018-01-12 13:35:04

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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Sensor Tower data shows 83% of App Store reviews are critical of Snapchat's redesign in countries where the redesign is widely available (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

2018-01-12 13:05:17

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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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 (Dan Primack/Axios)

2018-01-12 12:35:14

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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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 (Janko Roettgers/Variety)

2018-01-12 12:10:07

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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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 (Jason Koebler/Motherboard)

2018-01-12 10:35:03

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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Ex-Google engineer claims senior Google execs pressured him to stop discussing pro-diversity initiatives on company forums, which motivated him to quit (Kate Conger/Gizmodo)

2018-01-12 10:15:02

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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Facebook shares fall over 4% in pre-market trading after it announces major changes to News Feed (Arjun Kharpal/CNBC)

2018-01-12 10:00:16

Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Facebook shares fall over 4% in pre-market trading after it announces major changes to News Feed  —  - Facebook shares fell over 4 percent in pre-market trade 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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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 (Jake Smith/ZDNet)

2018-01-12 07:35:02

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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Intel says some data center customers using Broadwell and Haswell processors are reporting more system reboots after applying patch for Meltdown and Spectre (Reuters)

2018-01-12 01:30:27

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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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 (Will Greenwald/PC Magazine)

2018-01-12 00:50:03

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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