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January 29, 2018, 2:05 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple working on at least 3 Macs, including two MacBooks and one desktop, with custom co-processors; new iPad to be released toward the end of the year  —  The company already makes many of the chips for its iPhones, iPads, Macs and Watches.  —  For several years …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
FCC chairman Ajit Pai says he is opposed to a proposal for the government to build a 5G network  —  Over the weekend, Axios reported that officials within the Trump administration have been proposing the creation of a nationwide 5G network in order to protect against Chinese leadership in forthcoming networking technology.
Axios:
Memo by a NSC official that's circulating in the Trump administration proposes government pay for and build a nationwide 5G network in 3 years to fend off China  —  Trump national security officials are considering an unprecedented federal takeover of a portion of the nation's mobile network …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft Teams gets tighter app integration, revamped command box, slash commands, and a new Store where you can search for apps by name or integration type  —  Microsoft is doubling down on app support in Microsoft Teams, its chat-based collaboration tool that competes with Facebook's Workplace and Slack.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Dell considers a sale to VMWare, of which it owns 80%, in a reverse merger, which would allow Dell to be traded publicly without formal IPO  —  - VMware could buy Dell in massive reverse-merger, sources say.  Dell currently owns 80 percent of VMware.
Catalin Cimpanu / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft releases out-of-band Windows update for manual download to disable Intel's buggy patch for Spectre Variant 2, will wait for a more stable fix  —  Microsoft has issued on Saturday an emergency out-of-band Windows update that disables patches for the Spectre Variant 2 bug (CVE-2017-5715).
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Global heatmap published by fitness tracking app Strava last November can be used to locate military bases around the world, map soldier jogging routes  —  Data about exercise routes shared online by soldiers can be used to pinpoint overseas facilities  —  Sensitive information about the location …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
US banks' Venmo alternative, Zelle, moved $75B last year in peer-to-peer payments, up from $55B the year prior, and says nearly 100,000 people enroll daily  —  Zelle, U.S. banks' answer to mobile payment services like PayPal and Venmo, claims that nearly 100,000 consumers, on average, are signing up for its service per day.
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