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January 31, 2018, 3:30 AM

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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 …
Red Hat:
Red Hat to acquire Kubernetes and containers startup, CoreOS, for $250M  —  With CoreOS, Red Hat doubles down on technology to help customers build, run and manage containerized applications in hybrid and multicloud environments  —  Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider …
Matthew Leising / Bloomberg:
Source: US regulators subpoenaed Bitfinex and subsidiary Tether amid doubts that Tether's USDT, which the firm says is pegged to USD, has sufficient reserves  —  Firms say they routinely get ‘legal process’ from regulators  —  Tether has yet to verify that it holds $2.3 billion in reserve
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google says it removed 700,000+ apps from the Play Store last year for policy violations, up 70% YoY, credits new machine learning techniques for the increase  —  Google today shared details of Google Play's efforts to protect Android users with its teams of engineers, policy experts …
Saheli Roy Choudhury / CNBC:
Samsung posts record Q4 profit of $14.15B driven by chip sales, while its mobile business saw a 3.2% YoY profit decline to $2.25B  —  - Samsung Electronics recorded an operating profit of about $14.15 billion for the December quarter — in line with guidance.
Jeff Teper / Microsoft Tech Community:
Microsoft updates iOS Office apps with real-time co-authoring, iPad drag and drop support, universal link support, and OneDrive support for the iOS Files app  —  Today's post was written by Jeff Teper, corporate vice president for OneDrive, SharePoint and Office.
Kyle Stock / Bloomberg:
Nuro exits stealth after unveiling an autonomous delivery vehicle prototype, has raised $92M from investors including Banyan Capital and Greylock Partners  —  A secretive startup has unveiled its new grocery-getter, one of many automakers that are leaving people out of the equation.
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 …
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 …
Blair Hanley Frank / VentureBeat:
Astound announces $11.5M Series A and launches out of stealth to help large enterprises automate employee service requests using AI  —  EXCLUSIVE:  —  A new startup called Astound emerged from stealth today with a big vision: to cut down on service requests using artificial intelligence to drive automation.
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Dog-walking app Wag accepts $300M in deal expected to give SoftBank 45% of the company and says cofounder Josh Viner will step aside as CEO  —  Hilary Schneider, a former top Yahoo executive, is the new CEO.  —  The dog-walking company Wag is replacing its CEO as it prepares to accept …
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 …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Webpass, the wireless home broadband company Google Fiber acquired in 2016, is exiting the Boston market, one of eight cities it served  —  Google Fiber isn't just stalling; now it's shrinking  —  Webpass, the wireless home broadband company that Google Fiber acquired in 2016, is exiting the Boston market.
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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

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