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January 30, 2018, 10:42 AM

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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Colin Campbell / Polygon:
Source: Microsoft considers buying Electronic Arts, as it seeks to increase exclusive games lineup; acquisition rumors also include Valve and PUBG  —  How can Microsoft match Sony's stellar roster?  —  Microsoft has given Xbox head Phil Spencer a vote of confidence, promoting him to executive vice president of gaming.
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 …
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 …
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:
Indian ride-hailing service Ola, which counts Didi and SoftBank as investors, is launching in Australia; Europe-based Taxify also recently launched in Australia  —  Ola, which has often touted its home-field advantage over Uber, expects to expand to a number of other countries, as well.

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