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January 30, 2019, 8:30 AM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Investigation finds that Facebook has been paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN to gather data on phone use habits, which may violate Apple policy  —  Desperate for data on its competitors, Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook says it will shut down its controversial market research app on iOS, but it will apparently continue to be available for Android users  —  Facebook Research paid users $20 gift cards for near total access to data on their phones  —  Facebook will end a controversial market research program …
Apple:
Apple Q1: revenue from iPhone declined 15% YoY, but total revenue from all other products and services grew 19%; services revenue hit an all-time high of $10.9B  —  Services, Mac and Wearables Set New All-Time Revenue Records EPS Reaches All-Time High at $4.18 Cupertino, California …
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Apple says revenue from services reached $10.8B, in line with estimates, and that it now has 360M subscribers to both its own and to third-party services  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Tuesday reported sharp growth in its services business and Chief Executive Tim Cook said trade tensions between …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces Q1 2019 profit of $19.97B and revenue of $84.3B, following its revision down from $89B-$93B, and projects $55B to $59B over the next quarter  —  Apple's earnings day has arrived, and despite massive revenue and profit in the billions, it's a bit of a different quarter for Apple for a few reasons.
CNBC:
Apple booked $13.17B in revenue from China in Q1, down 27% YoY from $17.96B  —  - Apple cited weak economic conditions in China as a reason for its lowered guidance for its first quarter 2019 in its warning to investors earlier this month.  —  Apple's revenue in China came in at $13.17 billion during …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Report: Apple told studios and networks to be ready for a launch of Apple's streaming service by mid-April, the same month investors see a Disney+ preview  —  Studios were reportedly told to be ready by mid-April  —  Little is known about Apple's standalone streaming service, aside from the mountain of original content that's coming.
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp hires EFF counsel Nate Cardozo and Facebook hires Open Technology Institute counsel Robyn Green, both as privacy policy managers  —  In an effort to bolster its public credibility in the wake of a very rough year, Facebook is bringing a fierce former critic into the fold.
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
A mother reported FaceTime bug to Apple over a week ago after her 14-year-old son discovered the flaw; Apple asked her to send report via developer account  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On Jan. 19, Grant Thompson, a 14-year-old in Arizona, made an unexpected discovery: Using FaceTime …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Business Wire:
Alibaba Q3: revenue up 41% YoY, its weakest pace in three years, to ~$17B, driven by cloud computing revenue, up 84% YoY at $962M; net income up 33% to $4.5B  —  HANGZHOU, China—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA) today announced its financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2018.

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