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February 2, 2017, 1:40 PM

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Kara Swisher / Recode:
Sources: Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Amazon circulating draft open letter to Trump on recent immigration order ahead of planned release this week  —  It's the first joint effort from big U.S. businesses to try to support immigration.  —  Alphabet, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft …
Brad Smith / Microsoft on the Issues:
Microsoft asks Trump administration for a formal process to grant exceptions to travellers affected by immigration order entering US  —  Proposal calls for case-by-case exception process for law-abiding visa holders with pressing needs  —  In last Friday's executive order …
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
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.
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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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast says it will launch Xfinity TV app on Roku later this year, will charge subscribers a monthly fee  —  Comcast is releasing a beta version of the Xfinity TV app for Roku devices and TV sets — but the while users don't have to lease a set-top box, the cable giant will still charge customers …
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 …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
AT&T says it will begin rollout of its “5G Evolution” network with 400 Mbps+ peak theoretical speeds in Austin and Indianapolis later this year  —  With top speeds starting at 400Mbps  —  AT&T is paving the way for 5G in the US, starting with an initial rollout in its Austin …
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:

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