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IBM’s Q4 revenue grew slightly to $21.77B, beating expectations after five quarters of declines, with Red Hat revenue up 24% YoY; stock up 4%+ after hours (Jordan Novet/CNBC)

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Massachusetts-based startup Berkshire Grey, which develops AI-powered pick-and-place retail and warehouse robots, raises $263M Series B led by SoftBank (Brian Heater/TechCrunch)

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SCOTUS declines to review Facebook facial recognition case, meaning FB will likely face a class-action suit alleging its photo-tagging feature violated IL law (Emily Birnbaum/The Hill)

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Google debuts experimental wellbeing apps including Activity Bubbles, which slowly fill the screen after unlocking, and wallpaper showing phone usage time (Garrett Bridges/Android Police)

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Report: dapps’ total transaction volume in 2019 reached $10.9B from 9 leading blockchains, up 58.5% YoY, and number of active dapp users doubled YoY to 3.11M (Dapp.com)

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Federal court reverses $10.1M judgment against Nintendo in case involving the Wii remote, calling iLife Technologies’ patent for motion sensing tech “abstract” (Kyle Orland/Ars Technica)

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Sources: Business Insider, Vox Media, The Information, Axios, and Politico all turned profits in 2019, in some cases for the first time ever (Sara Fischer/Axios)

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Skylo emerges from stealth and announces a $103M Series B led by SoftBank to connect IoT devices to satellite networks using the Narrowband IoT protocol (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch)

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Snyk, which helps developers find vulnerabilities in their open source apps, raises $150M at a $1B+ valuation, led by New York-based private equity firm Stripes (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)

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Intezer, which identifies and tracks new malware by analyzing existing malware to detect code reuse and coding similarities, raises $15M Series B (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

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Source: Uber is testing a feature letting drivers in three California cities set fares on rides from the airport; drivers can charge up to 5x the Uber fare (Preetika Rana/Wall Street Journal)

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Flutterwave, which provides payment services for companies operating in Africa, raises $35M Series B led by Greycroft and eVentures, partners with Worldpay (Jake Bright/TechCrunch)

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Sources: Apple dropped plan to encrypt backups of devices in iCloud about two years ago, after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations (Joseph Menn/Reuters)

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If Google wants to reach its health care goals, it needs to convince health systems like Ascension to give up their patient data and ease patient concerns (Hannah Kuchler/Financial Times)

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Jeff Bezos pledges to eliminate single-use plastic from Amazon’s India fulfillment network by June 2020, and to add 10K electric rickshaws to its delivery fleet (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)

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Tencent’s WeChat is inviting select users to try out a new short video publishing feature, to counter ByteDance Douyin app’s dominance in China (Zheping Huang/Bloomberg)

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