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January 3, 2018, 1:55 PM

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Dan Primack / Axios:
Sources: Spotify confidentially filed IPO documents with the SEC at the end of December; indications are the company wants to list in Q1  —  Music streaming giant Spotify confidentially filed IPO documents with the SEC at the end of December, Axios has learned from multiple sources.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Spotify faces new copyright lawsuit from Wixen Music that suggests up to 21% of Spotify songs are unlicensed; plaintiff seeks $1.6B+ in damages  —  Wixen Music Publishing files a new lawsuit that also covers music from Rage Against the Machine, The Doors, Steely Dan and many others.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft acquires Pittsburgh-based Avere Systems, a file storage vendor for Windows and Linux, will integrate its technology with Azure cloud  —  Microsoft plans to integrate Avere's file system and caching technologies for Windows and Linux clients with its Azure cloud.
The Register:
Security issues arising from design flaw in Intel CPUs will need OS fix that will slow down Windows, Linux, macOS machines; Intel to provide more details soon  —  Other OSes will need an update, performance hits loom  —  A fundamental design flaw in Intel's processor chips has forced …
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
US blocks sale of money transfer service MoneyGram to Alibaba's Ant Financial; Ant Financial will pay a $30M termination fee for the deal breakup  —  - The U.S. government failed to approve a multimillion-dollar merger between MoneyGram and Ant Financial, an affiliate of Alibaba.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Roku launches licensing program for manufacturing partners to use its voice assistant with smart speakers, smart soundbars, and other home audio systems  —  Roku, which sells the most popular brand of streaming media players in the U.S., is now aiming to carve out a niche for itself as the voice control platform for home entertainment.
Rob Copeland / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Thiel's Founders Fund bought $15-$20M in bitcoin, now worth hundreds of millions, spread across multiple funds, one of which began investing in mid-'17  —  Founders Fund, the venture-capital firm co-founded by Peter Thiel, has bought large sums of bitcoin that are now worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Davey Alba / BuzzFeed:
Logan Paul debacle highlights YouTube's content moderation problem, as experts say Paul's video isn't something AI moderation could catch on its own  —  Logan Paul attends The Thinning Meet & Greet during the 2016 New York Comic Con.  —  YouTube has a content crisis — again.
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
IBM sues Expedia and its subsidiaries over alleged patent infringement dating back years, a day after settling a patent infringement lawsuit with Priceline  —  IBM is suing Expedia, alleging that the popular travel site has for years been infringing on several of its patents, some of which date back to the early days of the internet.
Bloomberg:
Sources discuss SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son's often hard-edged dealmaking style as he runs Vision Fund, making some of the largest-ever tech startup investments  —  The Japanese billionaire has changed the startup game with his aggressive investing and enormous checkbook.  Does he know what he's doing?
iFixit:
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