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January 4, 2019, 9:00 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Amazon SVP Dave Limp talks about company's strategy for Alexa, says 100M+ devices with Alexa on board have been sold to date  —  More than 100 million devices with Alexa on board have been sold.  That's the all-too-rare actual number that Amazon's SVP of devices and services, Dave Limp, revealed to me earlier this week.
Wall Street Journal:
Marriott says a total of 383M records were stolen in its hack, less than the initial estimate of 500M, but 5M+ unencrypted passport numbers were accessed  —  Hotel chain says fewer total customers were affected than initially feared but analysts warn data could be intelligence trove
Bloomberg:
Hackers dump private info of Angela Merkel and hundreds of other German politicians including email addresses, phone numbers, and personal chat transcripts  —  - Leak includes emails, chat transcripts, photos, phone numbers  — Hack is ‘elaborate’ social-engineering attack, IT expert says
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
PepsiCo says it will roll out a fleet of snack-carrying robots called “snackbots” to deliver snacks and beverages on University of the Pacific's campus in CA  —  Order on the app, pick up around campus  —  Today, PepsiCo announced that it will be rolling out a fleet …
Wall Street Journal:
A pullback in spending by Chinese consumers is taking a toll on electronics makers like Apple, e-commerce companies like Alibaba, and other sectors  —  Buyers are deferring major or discretionary purchases, their confidence dented by a shaky economy and trade fight with U.S.
M.G. Siegler / 500ish Words:
Sijia Jiang / Reuters:
Internal memo shows that Huawei demoted two employees and cut their monthly pay for using an iPhone to send New Year greetings from its official Twitter account  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] has punished two employees for New Year greetings sent …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Pandora's latest iOS update includes an Apple Watch app, with offline playback on Apple Watch available for Pandora Plus and Pandora Premium subscribers  —  Pandora's latest version of its iOS app includes a “brand new, built-from-the-ground-up app that's seamlessly integrated into the Apple Watch experience.”
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Randy Nelson / Sensor Tower Blog:
Research: Nintendo revenues from mobile apps reached $348M in 2018, up 15% YoY, with the game Fire Emblem Heroes accounting for ~66% of 2018 sales  —  Nintendo's mobile ambitions saw the publisher reach a new record of nearly $117 million in worldwide player spending across the App Store …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TikTok now offers lite versions of its app in ~21 countries; Sensor Tower: apps had 12M downloads since August, more than half of which came in the last month  —  Short-form video app TikTok has been growing in popularity across international markets, including in the U.S. where a merger …

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