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February 16, 2017, 12:55 AM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Verizon close to new deal for Yahoo properties, which reduces the $4.8B fee by about $250M; Verizon and Altaba to share liability for security breaches  —  Verizon has tentatively reached a revised Yahoo deal that would lower the price by about $250 million, Bloomberg News reports.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft open sources simulator that lets developers test autonomous drones, cars, robots, and more in a virtual environment  —  Microsoft has made available a beta version of an advanced virtual world for training autonomous drones, as well as other gadgets that move on their own.
Alex Heath / Business Insider:
Facebook to add tools to connect businesses and job seekers in US on Friday: “Apply Now” button, autofill for applicant information, responses via Messenger  —  Facebook is going after LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and other job listing sites.  —  Starting Wednesday …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
KGI: Apple's 2017 OLED iPhone to have a “function area” for virtual buttons in place of home button, a bigger battery, and a price tag starting at $1K  —  Apple will ditch the home button when it debuts a new ‘iPhone 8’ model later this year, and will dedicate the extra screen real estate …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple struggles to make big M&A deals due to risk aversion, inexperience closing and integrating deals, a reluctance to work with external advisers  —  IPhone maker mostly buys small startups for new tech, talent  —  CEO hints at larger transactions as analysts seek new growth
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Source: Huawei has 100+ engineers developing a smartphone digital assistant for its Chinese users, aimed at competing with Siri  —  One of China's largest smartphone makers wants to take on Siri.  —  by  —  Huawei Technologies Co., the third-largest smartphone maker …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon and Google are considering adding voice calls to Echo and Home smart speakers, amid concerns about privacy and telecom regulations  —  Amazon's Echo or the Google Home could be used to make or receive calls, people familiar with the matter said, a functionality that would give …
David Katzmaier / CNET:
Caavo unveils eight-port device that connects multiple streaming boxes to TV and gives apps one interface with voice control, coming this fall for $399  —  Imagine saying, “Alexa, ask Caavo to show ‘The Young Pope.’”  —  Your TV turns on and after a few moments, the show picks up where you left off.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google News expands “fact check” tag for stories on web and mobile apps to Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina  —  In October, Google announced it would begin highlighting fact-checked resources in its Google News vertical, allowing readers to more easily find links to reputable sources …
Rishika Sadam / Reuters:
Cisco reports Q2 revenue of $11.6B, down 2% YoY but beating estimates, as core businesses decline  —  Cisco Systems Inc's (CSCO.O) quarterly revenue fell for the fifth straight quarter, hurt by sluggish demand in its legacy network equipment business.  —  The company's net income fell to $2.35 billion …
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Alphabet hires Gregory McCray, ex-CEO of Aero Communications, to lead its Access division, which includes Fiber  —  Alphabet Inc. has named broadband executive Gregory McCray as the new head of its Access subsidiary as the company tries to develop a new strategy for the internet communications business.

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Microsoft:
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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.
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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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