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January 20, 2016, 9:25 AM

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Dina Bass / Bloomberg Business:
Microsoft to donate $1B in cloud services to 70K nonprofits globally over the next three years  —  Microsoft to Donate Cloud Services Worth $1 Billion Over 3 Years  —  Program aims to advance public good, solve biggest problems  —  Company will also invest in Internet in developing nations
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers disclose an almost three year old privilege escalation bug in the Linux kernel that imperils millions of PCs, servers, and Android phones  —  Linux bug imperils tens of millions of PCs, servers, and Android phones  —  Vulnerability allows restricted users and apps to gain unfettered root access.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
LinkNYC free public gigabit WiFi goes live for beta testing, shows speeds of 280 Mbps down, 317 Mbps up, plans to have 500 kiosks running by July, 4450 by 2020  —  LinkNYC's free gigabit Wi-Fi is here, and it is glorious  —  I'm standing on the corner of 15th Street and Third Avenue in New York City, and I'm freezing.
The Economic Times:
Apple files an application with India's Department Of Industrial Policy and Promotion to open its own retail stores in the country  —  Apple seeks DIPP nod to open own stores in India  —  Confirming the development, DIPP Secretary Amitabh Kant said, “We have just received Apple's proposal.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Netflix Q4: revenue of $1.82B, $43M in profit, 5.59M net new subscribers with 4.04M internationally; stock up 7% after hours  —  Netflix whizzes past 75 million subscribers thanks to record international growth  —  Netflix share price is up more than 121 percent in the last year.
TechCrunch:
Spotify Buys Cord Project And Soundwave To Expand Messaging And Social Features  —  On the same day that streaming rival Deezer announced a new cash injection of €100 million, Spotify has confirmed two new acquisitions, Cord Project and Soundwave.  The startups are based respectively …
Paul Lilly / Maximum PC:
Intel announces sixth generation Core vPro processors with Intel Authenticate, an embedded multifactor authentication technology  —  Intel Bakes Multifactor Authentication into 6th Generation Core vPro Platform  —  Intel Authenticate brings security to a new level
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Facebook Android app update lets you connect through Tor via the Tor Project's Orbot app  —  Facebook Android App Update Makes It Easier to Connect Through Tor  —  Facebook, a company based on publicly sharing details about yourself, continues to make it easier for users to maintain some privacy when they visit the site.
Alex Dobie / Android Central:
Confirmed: Samsung changes Galaxy Note 5 internals to fix upside-down S Pen issue  —  Company confirms it has changed the Note 5's internals to stop its stylus getting stuck  —  Back around the time that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 first went to market, a few unfortunate owners found …
Rick Carew / Wall Street Journal:
China's Meituan-Dianping, an online seller of movie tickets and restaurant bookings, raises $3.3B, the largest ever private round in tech, at $18B+ valuation  —  China's Meituan-Dianping Raises $3.3 Billion  —  Online seller of movie tickets, restaurant bookings snares record private fundraising round
Ina Fried / Re/code:
FreedomPop Raises Another $50 Million to Offer Cheap Global Roaming for World Travelers  —  FreedomPop, which specializes in offering free and low-cost cell phone service, has raised another $50 million in funding and now plans to start selling a global hotspot.
Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:
Rocket Internet raises $420M for its new Europe-focused startup fund, contributing $50M of the total  —  Rocket Internet raises $420 million in first close of its new giga-fund  —  The new ‘Rocket Internet Capital Partners’ today successfully held its first closing, Rocket Internet announced this morning …
Amar Toor / The Verge:
Apple's federal EEO-1 filing shows that its diversity in US barely improved last year, contradicting figures reported by Apple in August  —  Apple's US diversity barely improved last year  —  Apple's US workforce is slightly more diverse than it was last year, but the company remains overwhelmingly white …

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