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January 23, 2019, 12:20 AM

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Apple:
Apple Pay expands to Target, Taco Bell, and other US chains and now covers 74 of the top 100 US merchants  —  Seventy-Four of the Top 100 US Merchants Now Accept Apple Pay  —  Target, Taco Bell, Hy-Vee supermarkets in the Midwest, Speedway convenience stores and Jack in the Box …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Twitter begins limited rollout of a new web interface with a two-column layout, keyboard shortcuts, a dedicated emoji button, and a revised trends section  —  Don't be surprised if Twitter looks very different on the web in the near future.  The social network has started rolling …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google will retire classic Hangouts for G Suite customers in October, after its previous announcement that Hangouts would be split into Hangouts Chat, Meet apps  —  Google announced in March 2017 that it would split Hangouts, its cross-platform messaging service, into two core apps …
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis of millions of Glassdoor reviews finds 400+ companies, including SpaceX and Slack, have unusual single-month increases in mostly positive posts  —  Employers flood the ranking site with 5-star postings requested from enthusiastic staffers, leading to unusual spikes, a WSJ investigation found
Sean Lyngaas / CyberScoop:
DHS issues rare “emergency” directive ordering federal agencies to secure credentials for DNS records; sources: six agencies have seen malicious DNS activity  —  The Department of Homeland Security has issued a rare “emergency” directive ordering federal civilian agencies to secure …
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
The Motion Picture Association of America has added Netflix as a member, the first internet-based service to be added  —  UPDATED with Netflix officially joining: It's official, Netflix is a member of the MPAA.  The Washington, DC-based organization just dropped the following release:
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
US DoL files complaint against Oracle for discrimination against women and people of color, seeks $400M+ for workers who have suffered pay inequities  —  US labor department accuses company of rampant exclusion of black and Hispanic people in hiring and higher pay for white men
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says 30M Chromebooks are used in education, up 5M from May 2018, and that 80M people use its G Suite for Education platform  —  Kicking off tomorrow is BETT, an annual conference and show for education.  Several companies have already announced the latest Chrome OS devices for the market …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Source: Zynga founder Mark Pincus is raising up to $700M for a new investment fund that will focus on publicly traded tech firms needing strategic restructuring  —  Zynga founder Mark Pincus is raising up to $700 million for a new investment fund that will focus on publicly-traded tech companies …
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils Microsoft Classroom Pen, optimized for the Surface Go and sold in packs of 20 to schools, and 7 new PCs from Acer, Dell, Lenovo from $189-$320  —  Microsoft unveiled a big education push exactly a year ago today, and for 2019, the software maker is equally committed to challenging Chromebooks in a variety of ways.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Google fined €50M by French watchdog CNIL under GDPR for alleged lack of transparency, info, and consent about ads personalization in Android's onboarding flow  —  The CNIL, the French data protection watchdog, has issued its first GDPR fine of $57 million (€50 million).
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Viacom to acquire Pluto TV, a free, ad-supported streaming service, for $340M in cash; Pluto TV to operate as an independent subsidiary when the deal closes  —  Viacom announced Tuesday that it has agreed to buy Pluto TV — one of the fastest-growing free, ad-supported TV streaming services in the U.S. — for $340 million in cash.
Zoho:
Blueprint in Zoho Projects: Adding life to your task's life cycle  —  Every task in your project has a life cycle—a series of stages it has to pass through from creation to completion.  Manually moving tasks from one stage to another can be cumbersome, more so if many tasks in your project have a similar life cycle.
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Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple is likely to drop LCD displays altogether in its 2020 iPhone lineup in favor of OLED displays, which allow for more flexible handset designs  —  Japan Display is in advanced talks with Taiwan's TPK Holdings and Chinese state-owned Silk Road Fund

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Smartsheet:
Smartsheet Acquires Slope to Speed Innovation  —  Integrating Slope technology will give users the ability to collaborate on everything from videos to documents directly in Smartsheet
Zoho:
Blueprint in Zoho Projects: Adding life to your task's life cycle  —  Every task in your project has a life cycle—a series of stages it has to pass through from creation to completion.
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