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January 26, 2017, 10:00 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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..
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
PayPal reports Q4 revenue of $2.98B, up 17% YoY, as total payment volume reaches $99B, up 22% YoY  —  PayPal reported fourth quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday, and they were just what investors were expecting.  The stock was flat in initial after-hours trading.

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Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
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:
At Zoho Recruit, We Take Workflows very Personnel-ly  —  Here's the thing about workflows.  They are very difficult to understand until you actually start working with them.  —  But, for recruiters …

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