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February 7, 2018, 12:40 AM

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple HomePod review: best-in-class sound for $349 and above, looks great, but Siri only works with Apple Music, bad support for third-party services  —  I don't think I've ever described a tech product as “lonely” before, but it's the word I thought about the most as I was reviewing Apple's new HomePod.
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
Casey Newton / The Verge:
A pollster Facebook hired in April '17, who quit after 6 months, says his role was to measure Zuckerberg's approval ratings and track speeches amid US tour  —  Why Tavis McGinn quit after six months  —  Tavis McGinn applied for a job at Facebook last year hoping to work in market research.
Snap Investor Relations:
Snap reports Q4 revenue of $285.7M, up 72% YoY, as DAUs rise 8.9M to 187M, up 18% YoY; net loss of $350M, up 106% YoY; stock up 23%+ after hours  —  02/06/18 VENICE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) today announced financial results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2017.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Streaming service ESPN Plus launching next month at $4.99/mo; sources say it won't have ESPN cable channels' content, which still requires ESPN subscription  —  How much would you pay for sports you weren't watching on TV?  —  Want to pay for a subscription to ESPN without paying for a subscription to other cable channels?
Mark Maurer / The Real Deal New York:
Sources: Google to buy 1.2M sq. ft. Chelsea Market building in NYC, where it leases 400K sq. ft. already, for $2B+ in deal expected to close in two months  —  Jamestown in contract to sell the 1.2M sf office-and-retail property at 75 Ninth Avenue  —  Google did not have to search far and wide for results.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Researcher finds flaw in Hotspot Shield, a VPN with ~500M users, that can reveal a user's WiFi network name, country, and more; fix coming in update next week  —  The virtual private network says it provides a way to browse the web “anonymously and privately,” but a security researcher …

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