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January 4, 2019, 5:10 AM

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M.G. Siegler / 500ish Words:
As the law of large numbers catches up with Apple, it faces a rocky but pivotal year where it needs to transition into a services company earlier than planned  —  Yesterday's updated guidance wasn't just about China...  The results are in.  Actually, they're not in.  And that was a major problem yesterday for Apple.
Shira Ovide / Bloomberg:
Apple failed to warn about China and market saturation, the underlying conditions for its guidance downgrade, which were obvious to those paying attention  —  The company has reached the end of its denial phase.  —  The optimistic narrative about Apple Inc.'s iPhone business is falling apart in front of our eyes.
Tim Cook / Apple:
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Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Report: for the second year in a row, FCC's Ajit Pai has canceled his CES trip, as the US government shutdown forces furloughs for non-essential FCC employees  —  It will be the second year in a row that he hasn't attended the conference  —  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai …
Kate Clark / TechCrunch:
Square hires Blizzard Entertainment's Amrita Ahuja as CFO three months after long-time CFO Sarah Friar exited for the CEO job at Nextdoor  —  Founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey says Square has poached Amrita Ahuja from Blizzard Entertainment, a division of the gaming company Activision Blizzard …
Christina Farr / CNBC:
Verily, the life sciences arm of Alphabet, raises $1B in round led by Silver Lake, says Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat and Silver Lake's Egon Durban are joining board  —  - Alphabet's Verily is raising $1 billion in a new round led by Silver Lake, and Ruth Porat is joining the board.
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
GM's self-driving unit Cruise partners with DoorDash to test a food delivery service in San Francisco starting in early 2019  —  The pilot will commence in early 2019 in San Francisco  —  Cruise Automation, the self-driving unit of General Motors, is teaming up with DoorDash to test …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
YouTubers popular with kids are promoting a shady gambling site selling “mystery boxes” filled with supposed prizes  —  Paul and Bryan “Ricegum” Le are among the popular children's entertainers promoting “mystery boxes” filled with supposed prizes the site says underage users are ineligible to win.
Jesse Damiani / The Verge:
Netflix's interactive format for films like Bandersnatch makes content harder to pirate, increases viewer engagement, and generates insightful data about users  —  Light spoilers for Black Mirror's interactive episode Bandersnatch ahead.  —  On Friday, December 28th, after months of speculation …

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