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January 23, 2018, 2:55 PM

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Apple:
Apple says its delayed HomePod smart speaker will be available to order on Friday for $349 in US, £319 in UK, A$499 in Australia, will arrive in stores Feb. 9  —  Breakthrough Wireless Speaker Brings Advanced Audio Technologies Into Any Home for an Incredible Music Listening Experience
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
HomePod's multi-room audio and stereo features will not be available at launch, will be enabled later this year via a free software update  —  Within the HomePod's pre-order date and launch announcement today, Apple confirmed that the smart speaker's multi-room audio and stereo features won't be making it into the device at launch.
Bloomberg:
Twitter COO Anthony Noto has resigned to become SoFi CEO, starting March 1  —  Noto joined Twitter in 2014 after a career on Wall Street  —  SoFi has been searching for a new leader since September  —  Twitter Inc. Chief Operating Officer Anthony Noto has resigned to accept the role …
CNBC:
Snap opens up ability to share select public Stories outside the app, via text or email, or to Twitter and Facebook  —  - Users will be able to share Stories to their linked social media accounts, or through text or email with a link to a webpage where people who don't have the app can view the message.
Newley Purnell / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Files Go Android app, which can delete all “good morning” images, a popular morning greeting in India, at once, has 10M+ downloads  —  The country, newly online, has become obsessed with sending cheery greetings from smartphones, causing head scratching in Silicon Valley
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
DuckDuckGo launches revamped mobile apps and browser extensions with built-in tracker blocking available globally for Android, iOS, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari  —  Some major product news from veteran anti-tracking search engine DuckDuckGo: Today it's launched revamped mobile apps …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Android 8.1 Speed Labels now show WiFi network speeds before connecting, helping decide between networks to join; admins can opt out of having speed displayed  —  Oreo was a bit of a lackluster update on first launch, but the mobile operating system is getting some nice new tricks with 8.1's updates.
Tony Romm / Recode:
Records show Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google spent ~$50M on lobbying US politicians in 2017; Google topped the list, spending $18M+  —  Immigration, net neutrality, taxes and Russia dominated tech's agenda in the nation's capital last year, per new reports.
Dami Lee / The Verge:
Google quietly updates design of Gboard for iOS to make the GIF creation feature more accessible  —  Hey, Dieter  —  Gboard, Google's iOS and Android keyboard app, has quietly updated its design by moving its GIF-making button up next to the word suggestion bar.
Samidh Chakrabarti / Facebook:
Julia Fioretti / Reuters:
Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook will roll out privacy center globally that puts its core privacy settings in one place, in response to EU's new GDPR regulations  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook will make it easier for its more than 2 billion users to manage their own data in response to a tough …

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