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February 15, 2017, 9:15 PM

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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 software used for training autonomous drones, cars, and more, letting users test devices in many conditions  —  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.
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.
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
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 …
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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