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February 4, 2018, 8:15 PM

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Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: in the US, Apple Music subs are growing ~5% a month, may overtake Spotify, which is growing at ~2% a month, this summer; Apple says Music has 36M subs  —  Apple's U.S. subscriber-account base has been growing about 5% a month, versus No. 1 Spotify's 2% clip
Douglas Hofstadter / The Atlantic:
Google Translate's AI-driven translation is fast and useful, but simple tests show it's still a long way from real understanding  —  One Sunday, at one of our weekly salsa sessions, my friend Frank brought along a Danish guest.  I knew Frank spoke Danish well, since his mother was Danish, and he, as a child, had lived in Denmark.
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Apple is looking into reports of iPhone X glitch that causes an up-to-10 second delay before incoming calls show up on display after the phone starts ringing  —  Some owners of Apple's new iPhone X are finding an unusual bug in their $1,000 piece of kit — answering the phone.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Amazon could disrupt US healthcare by converting a standardized healthcare interface for its employees into a marketplace for individuals and other employers  —  It's pretty rare for the same company to feature in two consecutive Weekly Articles; yesterday's announcement …
Brad Sams / Thurrott.com:
Microsoft to stop offering the lightweight Windows 10 S as a separate SKU, will offer “S Mode” in all Windows 10 versions instead  —  When Microsoft announced Windows 10 S, it was immediately clear that this SKU didn't fit well into Microsoft's lineup.
Danny Palmer / ZDNet:
Researchers detail Smominru, a Monero cryptocurrency mining botnet using NSA's EternalBlue exploit to enslave 500K+ computers, mostly targeting Windows servers  —  The Smominru miner has infected at least half a million machines — mostly consisting of Windows servers — and spreads using the EternalBlue exploit.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
A look at how federal authorities can obtain data collected from autonomous vehicles, amid SCOTUS' review of case about warrantless acquisition of location info  —  “It's like instant replay in the NFL; I can tell what happened.”  —  Lt. Saul Jaeger, who commands the traffic unit …
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Dozens of people, rich from blockchain startups and cryptocurrency, try to build “Sol”, a Puerto Rican city where money is virtual and contracts are public  —  SAN JUAN, P.R. — They call what they are building Puertopia.  But then someone told them, apparently in all seriousness …
Alana Semuels / The Atlantic:
Reuters:
Sources: Broadcom plans to raise its bid for Qualcomm from $70 to $80-$82 per share, or about $120B, offer higher-than-usual breakup fee  —  (Reuters) - Broadcom Ltd (AVGO.O) plans to unveil a new offer of approximately $120 billion for Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) on Monday, aiming to ratchet …

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