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February 7, 2018, 9:20 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Goldman Sachs is in talks with Apple to offer financing to Apple gadget shoppers, using its retail point-of-sale financing arm Marcus  —  Wall Street firm would lend to shoppers buying expensive Apple gadgets  —  As Apple Inc.'s AAPL 4.18% investment bank, Goldman Sachs GS 3.85% Group Inc …
Olivia Zaleski / Bloomberg:
Inside the battle among Airbnb investors and executives over whether to remain private or IPO; sources say founders and early employees cashed ~$350M of equity  —  Investors and executives disagreed over when to take the home-rental company public.  The stay-private crowd is winning.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft is offering OneDrive for Business for free to select businesses for the length of their existing contracts with Google/Box/Dropbox, for up to 3 years  —  Microsoft has a new OneDrive-for-Business compete offer for organizations which currently use some of its rivals' cloud storage services.
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.
Motherboard:
Pornhub says it's banning AI-generated fake porn videos because they're “nonconsensual”, yet such “deepfake” videos are still available via site search results  —  In its search of a platform that will host fake porn videos of celebrities created with a machine learning algorithm …
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?
Eric Zimmerman / The Keyword:
Google begins rolling out ability to book flights and hotels directly from search results  —  Planning a trip involves lots of searching for flights, hotels, things to do, itineraries and more.  The process is often cumbersome because we have to use multiple tools to gather everything we need—especially on a mobile phone.
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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:

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