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Here’s what’s going on in tech on Wednesday…

Data from Flurry Analytics shows Apple devices are still doing well, with 44 percent of worldwide mobile device activations the week before Christmas being iOS gadgets. However, that was down 5 percent from a year ago.

South Korea’s antitrust regulator fined Qualcomm $854 million for violations of competition laws.

–Rent the Runway, an online dress rental company, says it has raised a new round of funding worth $60 million, led by Fidelity, which has also invested in Airbnb and Uber.

–Berkeley-based Lygos is among a group of biotech startups looking to lead a revival of clean-tech technology companies.

Fitbit seems to have gotten a bit of breather over the Christmas holiday, based on downloads from the Apple App Store. The suggestion is that Fitbit’s sales were good during Christmas.

Volkswagen is acquiring Canadian company PayByPhone, which lets people pay for parking spaces via mobile apps, texts or phone calls.

–Lenovo is sprucing up its ThinkPad line of laptops with new Kaby Lake processors from Intel.

–ICYMI: The U.S. has charged three Chinese traders with hacking into law firms and using information they found to buy stock in several companies prior to those companies being acquired. Among the companies was Altera, which Intel bought for more than $16 billion in 2015.

Photo: Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, talks about Apple’s iPhone lineup during an event to announce new products, Wednesday, Sept. 7, in San Francisco. Data from Flurry Analytics says 44 percent of all mobile devices activate worldwide in the week before Christmas were iOS gadgets. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


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