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February 6, 2019, 8:45 AM

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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Spotify buys Gimlet Media, a podcast producer and network, sources say for ~$230M, and Anchor, which makes it easier for users to record and distribute podcasts  —  Daniel Ek says he wants to spend up to $500 million on acquisitions this year  —  Spotify is a streaming music company that wants to become a podcast company, too.
Apple:
Angela Ahrendts to leave Apple in April after five years, as Apple names 30-year company veteran Deirdre O'Brien SVP of Retail + People reporting to Tim Cook  —  Angela Ahrendts Plans April Departure After Five Successful Years  —  CUPERTINO — Apple today announced that Deirdre O'Brien …
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Snap reports Q4 revenue of $389.8M, up 36% YoY, DAUs of 186M in Q4'18 from 187M in Q4'17 and 186M in Q3'18, as Android design refresh rolls out; stock pops 20%+  —  Snap, the parent of disappearing message app Snapchat, stemmed recent declines in users and beat revenue expectations …
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
YouTube CEO says the number of channels with 1M+ subs nearly doubled and the number of creators who earned five or six figures grew 40%+ in the last year  —  In a post Tuesday about her goals for 2019, YouTube Chief Executive Susan Wojcicki touted several milestones Google's massive video site surpassed …
Jeremy Burge / Emojipedia:
Unicode Consortium finalizes its emoji list for 2019, including 230 new emojis like “yawning face” and “pinching hand”, likely coming to major platforms soon  —  The final emoji list for 2019 has now been approved by the Unicode Consortium and includes a total of 230 …
Angelica LaVito / CNBC:
Meditation and sleep app Calm raises $88M Series B led by TPG Growth at a $1B valuation  —  - Calm has raised $88 million, valuing the meditation and sleep app at $1 billion, the company announced Wednesday.  — Calm is the top grossing health and fitness app and 20th overall on iOS, according to App Annie.
The Keyword:
Google launches Password Checkup, a Chrome extension that alerts users to breaches and prompts resets, and Cross Account Protection for apps with Google Sign in  —  Editor's note: Today is Safer Internet Day, but we'll be talking about it all week with a collection of posts from teams from across Google.
Robert Hackett / Fortune:
Zcash discloses a flaw, first discovered in-house last March and fixed in October, that may have allowed “infinite” counterfeiting  —  On March 1 of last year, Ariel Gabizon was tidying up a presentation he was preparing to deliver the following day at a financial cryptography conference …
Rebekah Valentine / GamesIndustry.biz:
EA reports Q3 net revenue of $1.289B, missing its own projection of $1.375B, digital net revenue of $908M, and net income of $262M; stock down 16%+ after hours  —  Q3 net revenue of $1.3 billion didn't quite meet guidance for Battlefield V release period  —  With December solidly behind them …

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