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January 26, 2017, 7:45 PM

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Alphabet:
Alphabet Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016 Results  —  Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.  —  “Our growth in the fourth quarter was exceptional — with revenues up 22% year on year and 24% on a constant currency basis.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Cloud Strength Highlights Second Quarter Results  —  Microsoft Cloud Strength Highlights Second Quarter Results Commercial cloud annualized revenue run rate exceeds $14.0 billion.  Microsoft Corp. today announced the following results for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter says it's replacing the Moments tab with an Explore tab, which emphasizes trending topics and live video  —  Content advisory  —  Twitter's central Moments tab, which once terrorized obsessive-compulsive users with a blue dot that never went away, is going away.
Evan Blass / VentureBeat:
Leaked image shows Samsung Galaxy S8 with rear-facing fingerprint reader, no home button; source says S8 will be unveiled March 29 in 5.8", 6.2" configurations  —  EXCLUSIVE:  —  Samsung is preparing to unveil a pair of Galaxy S8 smartphones significantly different from past models …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Facebook adds support for physical USB security keys, including Yubico's NFC key for Android  —  A new kind of two-factor authentication  —  Today, Facebook announced support for security keys, giving users the chance secure their logins with a physical device.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Claude Zellweger, HTC's head of design who focused on the Vive headset, is leaving to work on Google Daydream  —  Switching VR camps from the Vive to Google's mobile alternative  —  It seems like Silicon Valley hiring season right now, as swiftly on the heels of Hugo Barra announcing …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Chrome 56 arrives with 28% faster page reloading, “Not secure” warning for HTTP password and credit card forms  —  Google has launched Chrome 56 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.  Among the additions is a new warning for websites that collect passwords or credit card numbers …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Facebook says it will promote longer videos with high completion rates in News Feed  —  Because that's what's on TV.  —  You know how mobile + social is supposed to = short attention span?  —  No more, says Facebook: It says it is going to start rewarding video makers who create longer clips — if people actually finish them.
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Hugo Barra to lead all of Facebook's virtual reality efforts including Oculus team  —  I'm excited that Hugo Barra is joining Facebook to lead all of our virtual reality efforts, including our Oculus team.  Hugo's in China right now, so here we are together in VR.  It seems fitting.
Alex Webb / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple to join Partnership on AI, the research group that includes Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, possibly as soon as this week  —  Partnership on AI formed last year to establish best practices  —  Move is latest sign that Apple is becoming less secretive

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