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January 16, 2019, 2:20 PM

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Washington Post:
Documents and eyewitnesses say T-Mobile execs have been frequently staying at Trump's D.C. hotel as VIPs as T-Mobile seeks approval for its $26B Sprint merger  —  Last April, telecom giant T-Mobile announced a megadeal: a $26 billion merger with rival Sprint, which would more than double T-Mobile's value …
Heather Kelly / CNN:
Evan Spiegel says Snap CFO Tim Stone, who joined the company from Amazon eight months ago, has resigned but will remain until February 5 to help with transition  —  San Francisco (CNN Business)Snap is losing another high-profile executive.  Chief Financial Officer Tim Stone told Snap …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Pew survey of US Facebook users: 74% didn't know the company compiles lists of their interests and traits to target ads; 51% were uncomfortable with this  —  A study by the Pew Research Center suggests most Facebook users are still in the dark about how the company tracks and profiles them for ad-targeting purposes.
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Following AT&T and T-Mobile, Sprint says it will stop selling customers' real-time location data to third-parties but didn't provide a timeframe  —  After AT&T and T-Mobile said they would stop selling their customers' phone location data to third parties, Sprint followed suit.
Rachel Yang / Variety:
Roku says it is removing two Infowars channels on its platform after criticism from users and a rebuke from some Sandy Hook families  —  Roku has taken the Infowars channel off its platform after the streaming device faced criticism for carrying the controversial program hosted by right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Lenovo is partnering with Verizon to reintroduce the Motorola Razr phone with a foldable screen, at a price starting at ~$1,500  —  Motorola seeks to revive flip phone that was dethroned by the iPhone a decade ago  —  The Motorola Razr phone is making a comeback.
Nick Summers / Engadget:
Unity updates ToS so that any third-party software, like Improbable's SpatialOS, can be used with its game engine, following last week's fracas  —  Everything is back to normal.  Sort of.  —  Unity has had a change of heart.  The company is updating its Terms of Service so that any third-party software …
CoinDesk:
Ethereum's long-anticipated Constantinople fork has been delayed after an audit firm discovered a critical flaw in one of the planned changes  —  Ethereum's long-anticipated Constantinople upgrade has just been delayed after a critical vulnerability was discovered in one of the planned changes.
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Data from Portland's 4-month scooter program, which capped the number of scooters to ~2K and recorded 700K+ rides, shows scooters often replaced short car trips  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The e-scooter boom began in Santa Monica, Calif., about 16 months ago.  Electric scooters …
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Summary of the first six days of the FTC vs Qualcomm trial, which saw witnesses from Apple, other companies, and IP experts from consultancies and universities  —  The US Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday presented its last witnesses and evidence in its case against Qualcomm.
Akanksha Rana / Reuters:
Enterprise-focused technology provider Infor raises $1.5B from Koch Equity and Golden Gate Capital, following a $2B raise in early 2017  —  (Reuters) - Cloud technology company Infor Inc said on Wednesday it received an investment of $1.5 billion from shareholders Koch Equity Development LLC and private equity firm Golden Gate Capital.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube updates its policies, says it prohibits harmful and dangerous challenges and pranks following stunts like the Bird Box and Tide Pod challenges  —  YouTube to creators: don't  —  YouTube has a new message for creators looking to participate in dangerous or potentially harmful stunts …
Douglas Soltys / BetaKit:
Bold Commerce, which builds apps for e-commerce platforms like Shopify, raises $22M Series A led by Whitecap Venture Partners and Round13 Capital  —  Winnipeg-based e-commerce solution developer Bold Commerce announced today the close of a $22 million CAD Series A funding round, led by Whitecap Venture Partners and Round13 Capital.

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