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The WSJ reports that Verizon will cut its $4.83 billion deal to buy Yahoo by as much as $350 million, and will evenly split the costs from Yahoo's two major data breaches. Verizon has also agreed to give up its right to sue over the idea that Yahoo covered up its hacks.

Note: Last week, Bloomberg reported that Verizon cut the deal price by $250 million, a great compromise for Yahoo after its messy data breaches. Even with the news that Verizon wants to lower the price by another $100 million, Yahoo is surely still breathing a sigh of relief that Verizon hasn't killed the deal entirely.

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"Megacities" on the rise

Data: Macrotrends; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Places with more than 10 million residents — known as megacities — are becoming more common as people from rural areas migrate to urban ones.

Why it matters: The benefits of megacities — which include opportunities for upward mobility and higher wages — can be offset by their negatives, like the fact that they're breeding grounds for COVID-19.

Racist novels skyrocket in price amid clampdown

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Two notorious white nationalist novels are seeing their online values surge as social media companies remove white supremacists and far-right activists continue to use popular online venues to sell racist material.

Why it matters: The $200 asking price of the 1973 "The Camp of the Saints," a book that sold for $40 six months ago, shows the demand for white nationalist literature remains high as the Department of Homeland Security warns of the potential for violence following President Biden's inauguration.

Coronavirus cases fall in 41 states

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

New coronavirus infections fell by 16% over the past week — the third straight week of significant improvement.

Yes, but: The U.S. is still averaging roughly 165,000 new cases per day, meaning the virus is still spreading largely unchecked. And the rise of more contagious variants will ensure that Americans’ risk remains high.