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Facebook starts testing a desktop redesign, announced last April, with a small set of users, plans to offer the new look more broadly sometime before the spring (Ian Sherr/CNET)

Ian Sherr / CNET: Facebook starts testing a desktop redesign, announced last April, with a small set of users, plans to offer the new look more broadly sometime before the spring  —  Facebook ´s begun giving some users access to its redesigned desktop experience, first announced in April, that´s less cluttered and uses brighter icons.

Verizon eliminates bundles and contracts for Fios line of TV, broadband, and phone services, will now sell them as standalone products via "Mix TITELTITELTITELTITEL Match on Fios" (Todd Spangler/Variety)

Todd Spangler / Variety: Verizon eliminates bundles and contracts for Fios line of TV, broadband, and phone services, will now sell them as standalone products via “Mix & Match on Fios”  —  Verizon — feeling the pain of customer cancellations over high pay-TV prices — is killing off bundles …

Lightspeed POS, a Montreal-based payments software company, has agreed to buy German POS systems developer Gastrofix for ~$61M in cash and ~$40M in shares (Isabelle Kirkwood/BetaKit)

Isabelle Kirkwood / BetaKit: Lightspeed POS, a Montreal-based payments software company, has agreed to buy German POS systems developer Gastrofix for ~$61M in cash and ~$40M in shares  —  Lightspeed POS is set to acquire German POS systems developer Gastrofix.  The purchase would mark Lightspeed´s largest acquisition to date …

AI startups are selling images of realistic computer-generated faces, letting clients like dating apps "increase diversity" in their ads without needing people (Drew Harwell/Washington Post)

Drew Harwell / Washington Post: AI startups are selling images of realistic computer-generated faces, letting clients like dating apps “increase diversity” in their ads without needing people  —  Artificial intelligence start-ups are selling images of computer-generated faces that look like the real thing …

ClassPass, which offers access to gyms and health clubs via a single subscription, raises $285M Series E led by L Catterton and Apax Digital at a $1B valuation (Jordan Crook/TechCrunch)

Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: ClassPass, which offers access to gyms and health clubs via a single subscription, raises $285M Series E led by L Catterton and Apax Digital at a $1B valuation  —  ClassPass has today announced the close of a $285 million Series E funding round led by L Catterton and Apax Digital, with participation from existing investor Temasek.
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