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January 23, 2017, 1:35 AM

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Shara Tibken / CNET:
Samsung says original Note7 fires were caused by design flaws in one supplier's battery, second supplier introduced manufacturing defects after first recall  —  The company opens up about the source of one of history's worst tech product recalls.  —  Sure, blame the batteries.  But it's not quite that simple.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:NEW
Hugo Barra steps down as international vice president at Xiaomi, will remain an advisor, and return to the US  —  Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is losing its head of international and primary English-language spokesperson Hugo Barra after he announced his exit from the company.
Zeynep Tufekci / technosociology:
Open letter signed by ~70 security experts calls for The Guardian to retract story about alleged WhatsApp backdoor vulnerability  —  You recently published a story with the alarming headline “WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages.”  This story included the phrasing “security loophole”.
Rhett Jones / Gizmodo:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologizes for errors migrating @POTUS followers, says the issues, which affected about 560K people, have been fixed  —  People are a bit on edge at the moment when it comes to being forced to do things by now-President Donald Trump.
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
Apple sues Qualcomm for ~$1B, says Qualcomm charged royalties for tech the chip giant didn't invent, retaliated for Apple's cooperation in Korean antitrust case  —  Apple is suing Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion, saying Qualcomm has been “charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with.”
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Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Casual dating app Down, formerly Bang With Friends, acquired by Singapore-based dating startup Paktor  —  Remember “Bang With Friends?”  The controversial app, which later rebranded as Down, was acquired by Singapore-based dating startup Paktor (they're, um... hooking up).
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Kim Zetter / The Intercept:
Lavabit email service, which shut down in 2013 to avoid court order connected to Snowden investigation, relaunches with features to thwart surveillance  —  In 2013, Ladar Levison, founder of the encrypted email service Lavabit, took the defiant step of shutting down the company's service rather …

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