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February 3, 2018, 1:00 AM

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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.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple launches repair program for small percentage of iPhone 7 devices affected by a bug that shows no available cell service even when cell coverage available  —  Apple today launched a repair program for iPhone 7 devices that are impacted by an ongoing bug that causes them to have no available service …
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:
Former employee of Ripcord, a paper record digitization service, says she was fired after reporting harassment, asserts CEO made lewd comments about her  —  - A former female employee of high-flying startup Ripcord said she was fired after reporting harassment and a toxic environment at the company.
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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.
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.
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 …
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Owl raised $18M Series A for its dashboard camera with break-in and accident detection, voice control, and smartphone app, for $349 with 1 year of LTE included  —  With $18 million in funding from Defy Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Menlo Ventures, Sherpa Capital and others …
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.

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