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February 2, 2017, 7:40 AM

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Polygon:
ZeniMax awarded $500M damages in breach of NDA lawsuit against Oculus; Oculus to pay $300M, co-founder Iribe to pay $150M, co-founder Luckey to pay $50M  —  A Dallas, Texas jury today awarded half a billion dollars to ZeniMax after finding that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey failed to comply with a non-disclosure agreement he signed.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple began developing a new low-power ARM-based chip last year for Macs, which will work alongside Intel's chipset and handle “Power Nap” duties, more  —  A part built with ARM Holdings is used in keyboard's Touch Bar  —  New design could help improve battery life in MacBook laptops
Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Amazon circulating draft open letter to Trump on recent immigration order ahead of planned release this week  —  Financial, manufacturing, consumer companies also involved  —  Draft expressed concern about Trump order, offers help
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook reports Q4 revenue of $8.81B, vs $8.51B expected, as MAUs grow to 1.86B, up 17% YoY, and DAUs rise to 1.23B for December 2016, up 18% YoY  —  Facebook had another strong quarter in Q4 2016, earning $8.81 billion in revenue and $1.41 EPS.  It pulled that from 1.86 billion monthly users …
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Waymo says disengagement rate per 1K miles driven autonomously dropped from 0.8 in 2015 to 0.2 in 2016, even while miles driven rose to 635K overall  —  Waymo's self-driving software had far fewer disengagements in 2016 than it did in 2015 in the state of California, despite a big increase in the number of miles driven overall.
Dana Hull / Bloomberg:
Tesla has been testing four autonomous cars on California roads, totaling 550 miles between October and December, reporting 0.33 disengagements per mile  —  State DMV publishes ‘disengagement’ reports from 11 companies  —  Tesla had four autonomous vehicles that covered 550 miles
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sues Charter Communications, claiming Charter's Spectrum unit promised internet speeds it knew it couldn't deliver  —  Charter-owned cable provider defrauded and misled customers, AG's complaint says.  —  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today filed …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Report: Snap Inc. is working on adding lenses that can recognize and interact with landscapes, an extension of the current lenses that recognize faces  —  Snap, Inc. is working on an updated version of its in-app Snapchat lenses that would be able to recognize landscapes as well as faces …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook is testing a “Discover People” feature for connecting with strangers on Facebook who share interests, employers, are attending an event, more  —  Facebook is rolling out a new section on mobile called “Discover People,” which encourages users to introduce themselves …
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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.
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