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February 6, 2018, 2:10 PM

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple HomePod review: looks great, has best-in-class sound for $349 and above, but voice controls only work with Apple Music, no third-party service support  —  It sounds amazing.  Is that enough?  —  Photography by James Bareham; Video by Phil Esposito, Becca Farsace, Andrew Marino, and William Joel
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
HomePod review roundup: Siri is very limited, despite integration with iCloud and iPhone, recognizing few commands and not being able to tell voices apart  —  Apple seeded HomePod review units to a number of websites, embargoed for today, and the first reviews are landing.  —  There are quibbles.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
IDC: quarterly tablet shipments down 7.9% YoY, the 13th straight quarter of decline; Amazon sells ~7.7M tablets in Q4, overtaking Samsung for second place  —  The tablet market has now declined year-over-year for 13 quarters straight.  Q4 2017 saw a 7.9 percent year-over-year decline …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Home design platform Houzz acquires IvyMark, which raised ~$3M and offers a platform for interior and home designers; sources say deal is worth $30M-$40M  —  Houzz, the platform now valued at $4 billion where people plan and help find people to complete home design projects …
David Ingram / Reuters:
Seattle's Ethics and Elections Commission says Facebook violated election ad law, orders Facebook to disclose political ad spend info during 2017 city elections  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Seattle's election authority said on Monday that Facebook Inc is in violation of a city law …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Cloudflare terminates service to domain names of Sci-Hub, the “Pirate Bay of Science”, after the American Chemical Society obtained a permanent injunction  —  While Sci-Hub is praised by thousands of researchers and academics around the world, copyright holders are doing everything …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Mixmax, which makes a Gmail and Salesforce extension for one-click tasks that has 10K+ users, raises $10.35M to expand team from 18 to 50 people  —  Hundred of startups have tried to kill it, but email is still alive and well.  That doesn't mean it can't be improved upon, though.

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