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January 22, 2019, 6:10 PM

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Apple:
Apple Pay expands to Target, Taco Bell, and other US chains and now covers 74 of the top 100 US merchants  —  Seventy-Four of the Top 100 US Merchants Now Accept Apple Pay  —  Target, Taco Bell, Hy-Vee supermarkets in the Midwest, Speedway convenience stores and Jack in the Box …
Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple is likely to drop LCD displays altogether in its 2020 iPhone lineup in favor of OLED displays, which allow for more flexible handset designs  —  Japan Display is in advanced talks with Taiwan's TPK Holdings and Chinese state-owned Silk Road Fund
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils Microsoft Classroom Pen, optimized for the Surface Go and sold in packs of 20 to schools, and 7 new PCs from Acer, Dell, Lenovo from $189-$320  —  Microsoft unveiled a big education push exactly a year ago today, and for 2019, the software maker is equally committed to challenging Chromebooks in a variety of ways.
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis of millions of Glassdoor reviews finds 400+ companies, including SpaceX and Slack, have unusual single-month increases in mostly positive posts  —  Employers flood the ranking site with 5-star postings requested from enthusiastic staffers, leading to unusual spikes, a WSJ investigation found
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
In a filing, the Department of Labor has accused Oracle of discrimination against women and people of color, including more than $400M in lost wages  —  US labor department accuses company of rampant exclusion of black and Hispanic people in hiring and higher pay for white men
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says 30M Chromebooks are used in education, up 5M from May 2018, and that 80M people use its G Suite for Education platform  —  Kicking off tomorrow is BETT, an annual conference and show for education.  Several companies have already announced the latest Chrome OS devices for the market …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Foxconn is considering producing iPhones in India, a move that could reduce Apple's dependence on China and help lower iPhone prices in India  —  Senior executives are considering including an Indian project in budget plans and plan to visit India in February
Steven Overly / Politico:
Sources: Netflix is in advanced talks to join the Motion Picture Association of America and would be the first internet-based service to do so if it does  —  Netflix is in advanced talks to join the Motion Picture Association of America as the streaming video giant rapidly expands the number …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Google fined €50M by French watchdog CNIL under GDPR for alleged lack of transparency, info, and consent about ads personalization in Android's onboarding flow  —  The CNIL, the French data protection watchdog, has issued its first GDPR fine of $57 million (€50 million).
Dan Primack / Axios:
Source: Zynga founder Mark Pincus is raising up to $700M for a new investment fund that will focus on publicly traded tech firms needing strategic restructuring  —  Zynga founder Mark Pincus is raising up to $700 million for a new investment fund that will focus on publicly-traded tech companies …
More: TechCrunch
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
Food delivery service Munchery says it will end operations effective immediately and will refund any outstanding orders; Munchery had raised $125M+ from VCs  —  San Francisco startup Munchery, which delivers microwavable dinners and meal kits in its hometown and other Western cities …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Match Group and the media brand Betches have partnered to launch Ship, an iOS dating app that allows users to help their friends pick out potential dates  —  Swipe for friends  —  Match Group and the media brand Betches are partnering to launch an iOS dating app that allows users to help their friends pick out potential dates.
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Gabriela Mello / Reuters:
Amazon launches direct sales of merchandise in Brazil after months of delays caused by complicated logistics, testy vendor relations, and a complex tax system  —  SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is launching its long-awaited in-house fulfillment and delivery network in Brazil after months …
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