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January 8, 2018, 12:50 PM

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Pali Bhat / The Keyword:
Google consolidates its payment offerings, including Android Pay and Google Wallet, under a single brand: Google Pay  —  If you've ever paid for groceries with Android Pay, used Chrome to automatically fill in your payment info, or purchased an app on Google Play, then you've already experienced …
TechCrunch:
Sources: Telegram to launch Telegram Open Network on new blockchain with native Gram cryptocurrency, ICO pre-sale of $500M, with only real fiat currency buy-ins  —  Encrypted messaging startup Telegram plans to launch its own blockchain platform and native cryptocurrency, powering payments on its chat app and beyond.
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
GoPro issues weak guidance, confirms plans to cut workforce by 20% or ~250, reduces CEO cash compensation to $1, will exit the drone business; stock down 20%+  —  GoPro lowered fourth quarter guidance Monday and confirmed layoffs of at least 250 employees.  —  Shares were halted in premarket trading.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
HP, Asus, Acer, and others plan to integrate Alexa into some of their Windows 10 desktops and notebooks this year  —  Amazon Alexa will soon arrive on Windows PCs, creating new competition for Microsoft's built-in Cortana voice assistant.  —  Hardware makers HP, ASUS …
David Benoit / Wall Street Journal:
Two Apple investors, which hold ~$2B in stock, say Apple should study impact of phone overuse on kids' mental health, offer parents better tools to manage use  —  Two activist shareholders want Apple to develop tools and research effects on young people of smartphone overuse and addiction
Roger McNamee / Washington Monthly:
Facebook and Google's influence on the US election and Brexit calls for regulations for more transparency, letting users own their data and social graphs, more  —  An early investor explains why the social media platform's business model is such a threat—and what to do about it.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nvidia partners with Acer, Asus, HP to launch 4K 120Hz 65-inch gaming displays this summer, with its G-Sync tech and Android TV-based Shield platform built in  —  Nvidia is announcing today that it is going to supersize PC gaming with a new breed of Big Format Gaming Displays — or BFGDs.
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
Nvidia says its new Xavier SoC can process Level 5 self-driving data, powers its Drive IX vehicle safety and convenience and Drive AR infotainment UX platforms  —  Nvidia unveiled the next generation of its autonomous driving stack at CES 2018.  —  LAS VEGAS — Graphics chip giant Nvidia …
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Garmin launches its first GPS watch to store music, Forerunner 645, with 3.5GB storage that can save ~500 songs, starting at $449  —  Ready to hold 500 songs from iHeartRadio, iTunes, and other playlists. … Garmin's Vivoactive 3 provided a solid alternative to the Fitbit Ionic …
Bloomberg:
How the semiconductor industry responded to Meltdown and Spectre: initial disbelief, followed by a collaborative months-long effort to patch major tech vendors  —  Technology titans work in secrecy for months to fix key flaws Researchers uncover security holes too big to believe Pause Mute Current …

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