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February 2, 2018, 6:15 PM

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Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube says it will start labeling videos from state-funded broadcasters like PBS and RT, considers surfacing videos from credible sources alongside hoaxes  —  Google unit to provide more context around some videos  —  YouTube said it is planning changes to give users more context …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
YouTube CEO Wojcicki promises more transparency, better appeals process for demonetization, including more human reviews, and consequences for “egregious” cases  —  YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki took to the service's Creator Blog last night to issue some broad goals for the year forward.
Steve Costello / Mobile World Live:
Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai to be succeeded by current CFO in April; Sony reports record Q3 profits of $3.2B boosted by games division; smartphone shipments down to 4M  —  Sony trimmed the sales forecast for its mobile business following a weak fiscal Q3, as it also announced changes in its top management.
Steve Ranger / ZDNet:
IDC says global smartphone unit shipments fell 6.3% YoY in Q4, while Strategy Analytics sees 9% drop in Q4, but 1% growth on a full-year basis in 2017  —  Even with a good performance from Apple's newest devices, smartphone sales dropped dramatically in the last three months of 2017.
Apple:
Apple Q1: 77.3M iPhones, down 1% YoY, with $796 ASP; 13.2M iPads, up 1% YoY; 5.1M Macs, down 5% YoY; $8.5B services revenue, up 18% YoY  —  Revenue and EPS Hit New All-Time Records  —  Active Installed Base of Devices Reaches 1.3 Billion in January  —  Apple today announced financial results …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Mike Dano / FierceWireless:
Sprint aims to be the first nationwide mobile 5G network by early 2019, says its 160 MHz of 2.5 GHz spectrum gives it advantage against competition in mobile 5G  —  Sprint's CEO today promised the carrier will launch mobile 5G services on its 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings on a nationwide basis in the first half of 2019.
Eric Lam / Bloomberg:
Bitcoin briefly dropped below $8K, for the first time since November, amid the broad cryptocurrency market sell-off  —  Biggest digital token takes losses since peak to about 60%  —  Rival coins including Ripple, Ether and Litecoin tumble  —  Bitcoin fell below $8,000 as a miserable 2018 continued …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
California DMV self-driving report: Waymo and GM lead with 63 disengagements over 352K+ miles and 105 disengagements over 131K+ miles, respectively  —  So how'd everyone do?  —  California's Department of Motor Vehicles released its annual autonomous vehicle disengagement report today.
Sonam Rai / Reuters:
Dell says it is evaluating a potential public offering or a combination with VMware  —  (Reuters) - Dell Technologies Inc said on Friday it is evaluating a potential public offering of its common stock or a potential business combination between the U.S. computer maker and business software provider VMware Inc (VMW.N).
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Sources: HQ Trivia is raising a $15M round led by Peter Thiel's Founders Fund at a $100M+ valuation  —  Founders Fund partner Cyan Banister is leading the round.  —  HQ Trivia, the popular trivia gameshow app, plans to raise money in a new round of financing that values the company north of $100 million …

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