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January 30, 2018, 4:41 PM

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Ina Fried / Axios:
Sources: Apple is delaying some planned iOS updates, including improvements to core apps, to next year in order to focus on performance and reliability issues  —  Apple has shaken up its iOS software plans for 2018, delaying some features to next year in an effort to put more focus …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook says it's banning all ads for cryptocurrencies, ICOs, and binary options to avoid “misleading or deceptive promotional practices”  —  It's an “intentionally broad” policy aimed at stopping scammers.  —  Facebook is banning all ads that promote cryptocurrencies …
Bloomberg:
Sources: US DoJ and SEC are investigating whether Apple violated securities laws concerning its disclosures about update that slowed iPhones with old batteries  —  The U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating whether Apple Inc. violated securities laws concerning …
Matthew Leising / Bloomberg:
Source: US CFTC subpoenaed Bitfinex and its subsidiary Tether, amid lack of evidence that Tether's USDT, pegged to USD, is backed by sufficient reserves  —  Firms say they routinely get ‘legal process’ from regulators  —  Tether has yet to verify that it holds $2.3 billion in reserve
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase partner to cut employee healthcare costs, will create a company targeting healthcare technology solutions  —  - Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase on Tuesday announced plans to partner on ways to cut health care costs and improve services for U.S. employees.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Verizon has dropped all plans to sell phones made by Huawei, including the new Mate 10 Pro, after facing pressure from the US government  —  Carriers pressured by U.S. government to avoid handset maker  —  Perceived threat draws Trump team proposal for nationalization
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Google completes its $1.1B HTC deal involving the transfer of 2,000+ engineers and a non-exclusive license for HTC's intellectual property  —  Google has announced the completion of its $1.1 billion deal to buy a large slice of HTC's hardware business.  —  The acquisition was announced …
Wall Street Journal:
Source: Apple to curtail iPhone X production in the first quarter to ~20M handsets, down from ~40M initially planned, due to weak demand  —  Company will offer its first report on iPhone X sales when it reports earnings Thursday  —  Apple Inc. AAPL -2.07% is slashing planned production …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snap debuts new styles for its Bitmoji called Bitmoji Deluxe, now offers 40 skin tones, up from 25, twice as many hair colors, and 50 hair treatment options  —  Now you can customize your Snapchat Bitmoji avatar with 40 skin tones, 50 hair colors, 50 hair treatment options and more so it looks …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Waymo says it will buy “thousands” more Chrysler Pacifica self-driving minivans from Fiat Chrysler, with the first deliveries starting at the end of 2018  —  Google's self-driving unit deepens its partnership with one of Detroit's Big Three  —  Waymo, the self-driving unit …
Hamza Shaban / Washington Post:
Over 100 child advocates, pediatric and medical experts urge Facebook to discontinue Messenger Kids, saying it poses health and development risk to children  —  More than 100 child advocates, civil society groups, medical experts and other individuals are urging Facebook to discontinue …
Nico Grant / Bloomberg:
Google partners with MobileIron, which offers a cybersecurity tool for phones, to create a new marketplace for cloud services, to challenge Amazon  —  The tool will increase Google G Suite's application offerings  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google is launching a digital store offering cloud-based software …
Alan Travis / The Guardian:
UK court of appeal rules mass digital surveillance powers under the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act are unlawful  —  Appeal ruling means significant parts of 'snooper's charter' legislation must be changed … Appeal court judges have ruled the government's mass digital …
Bérénice Magistretti / VentureBeat:
Next Trucking, which matches shippers and truck carriers through an online marketplace, raises $21M Series B led by Sequoia Capital  —  Next Trucking, which matches shippers and truck carriers through an online marketplace, announced today that it has raised $21 million in funding, in a round led by Sequoia Capital.
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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
AMD reports Q4 revenue of $1.48B, up 34% YoY, vs $1.41B est., and is expecting $1.55B in revenue in Q1 2018, vs $1.25B est.  —  - The company has been busy dealing with the fallout from the disclosure of the Spectre security vulnerability.  —  AMD stock fell as much as 7 percent after hours …

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