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January 25, 2017, 7:25 AM

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Shara Tibken / CNET:
Apple releases iOS 10.3 beta, adds AirPods to Find My iPhone app; AirPods must be within Bluetooth range of another iOS device signed into iCloud to be located  —  And the MacOS Sierra 10.12.4 developer beta brings Night Shift to Macs to change the displays to a warmer color.
Ina Fried / Recode:
Apple limits how often devs can prompt customers for reviews to 3 times/year in iOS 10.3, says it will include an option for users to turn off all such requests  —  With the next version of iOS, users will also be able to rate programs without having to go to the App Store.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Cisco acquires AppDynamics, which filed to go public last month and was most recently valued at $1.9B, for $3.7B  —  Cisco said today that it would acquire AppDynamics, which helps companies monitor application performance, for a whopping $3.7 billion.  —  And now, it would seem …
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:
Google releases Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 5 with iOS support, the final developer preview before a February launch  —  Google has delayed the launch of Android Wear 2.0 once, but it looks like the operating system may actually be on track for its early February release.
Gummi Hafsteinsson / Google:
Google adds support to Home for Belkin's WeMo and Honeywell devices, says Assistant on Pixel will soon be able to control smart devices  —  Connecting your Google Assistant on Google Home to other devices around your house can simplify your day and help you get more done.
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
How Silicon Valley figures like Steve Huffman, Tim Chang, and Justin Kan are preparing for disasters, whether natural or man-made  —  Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
LG posts $224 million loss as ‘weak’ selling G5 smartphone drags it down once again  —  Samsung just recorded its best quarter of business for three years, but the same can't be said of fellow Korean electronics firm LG.  LG just carded a KRW 258.80 billion ($223.98 million) net loss for Q4 2016 …
Agam Shah / PCWorld:
D-Wave Systems launches 2000Q, a quantum computer with 2000 qubits, priced at $15M and double the size of its existing quantum computer  —  D-Wave's 2000Q quantum computer will ship to select customers but could ultimately be available to others via the cloud
Bérénice Magistretti / VentureBeat:
TripActions, a corporate travel management startup, comes out of stealth, launches app and announces $14.6M funding round  —  Booking a holiday is fun, but booking a professional trip often isn't.  TripActions is trying to change that with a solution that incentivizes employees to spend more consciously through a rewards program.

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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Managing your training team is now a breeze  —  Clara is the head of Learning and Development (L&D) at Zylker Corp, and trains employees in domains like soft skills and leadership.

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