January 27, 2017, 8:45 AM

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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Alphabet beats Q4 estimates with $26.06B revenue; Other Bets revenue up from $150M a year ago to $262M as division's losses shrink to $1.1B from $1.2B  —  Google reported mixed earnings for its fourth quarter today — but we're starting to see some flashes of improvement in its “other bets” …
Alibaba's Ant Financial buys US-based international money transfer service MoneyGram for $880M, an 11.5% premium to MoneyGram's Wednesday closing price  —  Ant Financial, the Alibaba affiliate controlled by billionaire Jack Ma, is close to sealing a deal to buy U.S. money-transfer service …
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 …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Tesla files suit against former Autopilot director, says he took proprietary information and tried to poach staff for his new self-driving car startup Aurora  —  Tesla has sued former employee Sterling Anderson, who acted as Director of its Autopilot Programs for just over a year, for breach of contract.
Ryan Hurst / Google Online Security Blog:
Google creates Google Trust Services to operate its own Root Certification Authority  —  In the support of our work to implement HTTPS across all of our products ( ort/ https/) we have been operating our own subordinate Certificate Authority (GIAG2), issued by a third-party.
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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.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
The value of cryptocurrency Monero has risen from 50¢ to $12 over past one year, rising 2,760%; the collective value of all Monero has grown to close to $165M  —  For the cryptocurrency community, 2016 was a very good year.  Bitcoin doubled in price.  The far-out Bitcoin alternative Ethereum shot up by a factor of 10.
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.

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