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January 10, 2018, 9:20 AM

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David Ruddock / Android Police:
Source: Verizon faces political pressure to cancel launch of Huawei Mate 10 amid allegations of Huawei being a security threat, news that AT&T ended Huawei deal  —  Speaking to a source familiar with the company's plans, Verizon is facing political pressure to cancel the launch a Huawei smartphone later this year.
Matthew Miller / ZDNet:
Huawei Mate 10 Pro launching as an unlocked phone in US for $799 on 2/18, pre-orders start 2/4; Huawei committing to two years of Android security updates  —  Huawei is in the top three for worldwide smartphone market share and is finally kicking off an intense effort to make Huawei a name US consumers will recognize.
Wall Street Journal:
Inside Huawei's push into the US telecom market as it sells equipment to a range of carriers, despite new Washington warnings of it being a spy threat  —  Chinese telecom giant has gobbled up huge global market share; now Washington is warning anew about alleged spy threat as U.S. telecoms embark on $275 billion 5G network build-out
Cho Mu-Hyun / ZDNet:
Samsung will launch its flagship Galaxy S9 at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in February and says it plans to launch its foldable phone sometime next year  —  Samsung Galaxy S9 will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in February, the company's mobile boss said, denying rumors of a CES 2018 unveiling.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple to relocate Chinese customer iCloud data and operations from US to mainland China starting February 28 to comply with local laws  —  Apple has today announced a date for when it will hand over operations of iCloud data services for residents of mainland China to CGBD.
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
As Jeff Bezos becomes the richest man in history, now worth over $105B, questions loom large on his potential philanthropic intentions  —  It's been seven months since Bezos tweeted a request for philanthropic ideas.  —  After the New York Times questioned Jeff Bezos about his level …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
UK forces Apple to pay an extra £136M tax bill after “an extensive audit” of Apple Europe, one of its UK subsidiaries  —  Apple's tax struggles in Europe have been well documented in the past, and now an extensive audit has forced the company to pay an additional tax bill.
Jeremy Herron / Bloomberg:
Kodak's stock spiked as much as 119% on its announcement to launch KODAKcoin, “a photocentric cryptocurrency” for better image rights management  —  Kodak's latest moment has it joining the cryptocurrency frenzy.  —  Shares in Eastman Kodak Co. jumped as much as 77 percent …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Ford teams up with Lyft, Domino's, Postmates to pilot autonomous vehicles and will work with Qualcomm on “Transportation Mobility Cloud” initiative  —  Auto giant is teaming up with Lyft, Domino's, and now Postmates, to deploy autonomous vehicles
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft on Spectre updates' speed impact: “single-digit slowdowns” on new PCs, big effect on PCs with Haswell/older chips and servers with I/O-intensive work  —  It's bad news for older Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines  —  Microsoft is taking the surprise step of detailing …
AngelList Blog:
AngelList and Accomplice announce Spearhead, a $35M fund for new angel investors, offering up to $1M in investing capital to founders who back other founders  —  Today, in partnership with Accomplice, we're announcing Spearhead, a program that funds and mentors founders with up to $1M of investing capital to back other founders.
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Sources: Facebook plans to unveil Portal, an Echo Show-like video chat device with a screen and camera, at F8 in May and ship it in second half of 2018 for $499  —  Facebook is about to jump into the consumer hardware business in a big way with a video chat device named “Portal,” …
Robert Ferris / CNBC:
Toyota says it will add Amazon Alexa to some Toyota and Lexus models in 2018 and plans to add to other models in 2019  —  Toyota said Tuesday it will introduce Amazon Alexa, Amazon's cloud-based voice-assistant, in some Toyota and Lexus vehicles in 2018.  —  The feature will be available …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Dell unveils a XPS 15 2-in-1 with keyboard that uses magnets for key feedback, Intel-AMD chip, 1080p or 4K touchscreen display, shipping this spring for $1,300+  —  It's way more powerful than the 13-inch version  —  Dell is introducing a 15-inch version of its XPS 2-in-1, after debuting a 13-inch model last year.

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