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January 13, 2015, 9:45 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Leaked Apple Watch iPhone “Companion” app reveals activity reminders, monograms on clock faces, watch passcode, and ability to unlock watch from phone  —  Apple Watch iPhone ‘Companion’ app revealed w/ new Watch features, monograms  —  Yesterday, we reported …
Emily Vacher / Facebook:
Facebook to show AMBER alerts in News Feed to users in targeted search areas to help find missing children  —  Introducing AMBER Alerts on Facebook  —  Today, we are announcing a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to send AMBER Alerts to the Facebook community to help find missing children.
Peter Burrows / Bloomberg:
GoPro stock drops over 12% after Apple is awarded patent for remote-control camera system  —  GoPro Plunges After Apple Gains Remote Camera Patent  —  GoPro Inc. (GPRO) shares plummeted as much as 15 percent today in their steepest decline since August, after Apple Inc. (AAPL) was granted a patent for remote-control camera system.
Washington Post:
Obama proposes legislation to protect firms that share cyberthreat data with the government, criminalize sale of botnets and stolen financial info, more  —  Obama to propose legislation to protect firms that share cyberthreat data  —  President Obama plans to announce legislation Tuesday …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google Domains opens to all in the U.S., gets Blogger and Dynamic DNS integration  —  Google today announced Google Domains, the company's domain registration service, is now available to all in the U.S. While the invitation restriction has been lifted in the company's home country …
Bloomberg:
Etsy planning IPO as soon as this quarter, looking to raise $300M  —  Etsy Said to Target U.S. IPO of Craft Marketplace  —  Etsy Inc., the global marketplace for handmade and vintage goods — from knitted sweaters to soaps — is planning an initial public offering that could take place …
Dani Grant / Medium:
On Macs, Apple's two-factor authentication still doesn't protect iMessage, iTunes, FaceTime, or the App Store  —  Why Two-Factor Authentication Isn't Protecting Your iCloud Account  —  Users that turn on Two Factor Authentication (2FA) have the expectation that every access point …
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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Uber gives the city of Boston anonymized trip data to enable smarter city planning, ease traffic congestion; more cities to follow  —  Uber Offers Trip Data to Cities, Starting With Boston  —  For the first time, Uber is giving government officials a look inside its rich trove of transportation data.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Why David Cameron's proposal to ban encrypted messaging services won't work, and would make Britons less secure  —  What David Cameron just proposed would endanger every Briton and destroy the IT industry … What David Cameron thinks he's saying is, “We will command all the software creators …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon signs Woody Allen to write and direct his first ever TV series, for Prime Instant Video  —  Amazon Signs Woody Allen For His First TV Series, To Run On Prime Instant Video  —  The streaming video market has become very serious business, and Amazon today announced its latest talent grab …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
App Annie Raises $55 Million Series D, Launches New Product For Tracking App Usage  —  App Annie, a company whose data on app downloads, rankings, app store trends and more has made it a go-to resource for anyone invested in today's app economy, today announced a new $55 million round of Series D funding.
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Big-5 publisher Macmillan adds its ebooks to Scribd and Oyster  —  Another large publisher has decided that ebook subscription services are worth testing out: Macmillan on Tuesday became the third big-5 publisher to make ebooks available on Oyster and Scribd, following HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster.

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