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February 1, 2018, 4:00 PM

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Deirdre Bosa / CNBC:
CEO Brian Chesky says Airbnb will not go public in 2018; CFO Laurence Tosi is stepping down to focus on his investment fund; Belinda Johnson becomes first COO  —  Airbnb is losing its Wall Street-savvy CFO, getting its first COO and ruling out going public in 2018, delaying any payout …
David Katzmaier / CNET:
YouTube TV is now available on select Roku devices for $35/month; YouTube says the service is coming to Apple TV “very soon”  —  YouTube's $35-per-month alternative to cable TV is now on the most popular streaming platform.  —  Just in time for the big game, the Winter Olympics …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet and state-owned oil giant Aramco are in talks to jointly build data centers and a large tech hub in Saudi Arabia  —  Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil giant and Google parent Alphabet Inc., two of the world's biggest companies, are in talks about jointly building …
Julia Alexander / Polygon:
Nintendo confirms Switch Online will launch in September for $3.99/month and Mario Kart Tour will come to smartphones by March 2019  —  Company confirms Nintendo Switch Online launches this fall  —  Mario Kart Tour is the next Nintendo mobile game heading to smartphones.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Instagram Stories begins rolling out its “type mode” feature to users, letting them post text-based pages  —  Not so photogenic  —  Instagram's newest Stories feature doesn't feel much like Instagram.  The platform's new “type mode,” which starts rolling out today …
Reuters:
India says it does not consider cryptocurrencies legal tender and will eliminate their use for payments, but would explore use of blockchain technology  —  NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India will move to stamp out use of cryptocurrencies, which it considers illegal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday …
Miranda Katz / Wired:
Podcasters first look at Apple's Podcast Analytics data shows listeners are highly engaged, with many listening to 80-90% of shows, and prefer longer formats  —  The public radio producer had started a podcast as a side project in early 2017, and the exploration of her experience …
Recode:
Facebook's daily active user base in the US and Canada fell for the first time ever in Q4, dropping to 184M from 185M in Q3  —  It was a small but negative change to daily active users in Facebook's most valuable market.  —  Here's a troubling data point if you're a Facebook investor …

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