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January 29, 2018, 8:50 PM

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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Facebook to show more stories from local news sources in News Feed, will identify local publishers by looking at clicks in tight geographic areas  —  It's the third big change Facebook has announced in the last month.  And at least one more is coming.  —  Facebook says it will bring …
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 …
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.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Microsoft buys gaming services startup PlayFab to bolster its Azure platform  —  In the latest chapter of GAFAM's continuing bid to conquer online gaming, Microsoft has acquired PlayFab, which helps game developers launch their titles online more quickly with simplified back-end services.
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.
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).
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.
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman opens investigation into Devumi, the company that sells millions of fake followers to celebs, journalists, others  —  The New York attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, on Saturday opened an investigation into a company that sold millions …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Japanese chipmaker Renesas is in talks to buy US chipmaker Maxim, in a deal that could approach $20B in value; deal not imminent; Maxim stock jumps 12%  —  - Consolidation in the semiconductor industry is being driven by scale efficiencies, increasing demand from car companies and the rising costs of chip fabrication.

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