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December 28, 2017, 5:00 PM

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Apple:
In a letter, Apple apologizes to customers for slowing iPhones with older batteries, will offer $29 battery replacements from late January to December 2018  —  We've been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: SoftBank succeeds in bid to buy big Uber stake, will likely limit stake to ~15% of company; deal values Uber at $48B, down 30% from last valuation  —  Uber shareholders tendered about 20% of company to SoftBank, sources say  —  SoftBank Group Corp. has succeeded in its bid to buy …
Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
South Korean government says people who trade cryptocurrencies must use their real name, as it seeks to curb speculation, following ban on ICOs in September  —  South Korea will require people who trade Bitcoin and other virtual currencies to do so under their real names …
Katie Paul / Reuters:
Sources: Apple and Amazon are in discussions to establish a presence in Saudia Arabia through new investments; Apple in talks for licensed Apple Stores in 2019  —  RIYADH (Reuters) - Apple and Amazon are in licensing discussions with Riyadh on investing in Saudi Arabia, two sources told Reuters …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
CIRP: iPhone X accounted for ~30% of US iPhone sales during the first 30 days of availability while iPhone 8 and 8 Plus made up ~40% of sales in the same period  —  While Apple has yet to breakdown just how many iPhone X units it has sold so far, that hasn't stopped analysts from taking a stab at it.
Kristin Tice Studeman / Vogue:
How restaurants are using the internet and social platforms to research guests and customize their dining experience  —  Photographed by Arthur Elgort, Vogue, December 2000  —  Fine dining in the digital age is a wonderful, and oftentimes overwhelming, experience for diners.
Yair Rosenberg / New York Times:
Twitter blocked Impostor Buster, a bot that exposed trolls that posted racist messages impersonating Jews, other minorities, after trolls reported harassment  —  Like many Jewish journalists who reported on Donald Trump's presidential campaign, I spent the 2016 election being harassed …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
How Helios and Matheson Analytics, which raised $60M to grow MoviePass, plans to make $9.95/mo service profitable using data from its rapidly growing user base  —  LOS ANGELES — As streaming services like Netflix and Hulu surge in popularity, movie theaters have been trying to compete …

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