January 20, 2016, 4:45 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Amnesty International report alleges 16 companies including Apple, Samsung, Microsoft source cobalt from mines which employ child labor  —  Apple, Microsoft, Samsung And Other Tech Firms Implicated In Child Labor Report  —  Apple, Samsung and Microsoft are among a host of tech companies …
Nathan Donato-Weinstein / Silicon Valley Business …:
YouTube purchases 550K square foot office center in San Bruno for $215M  —  YouTube grabs 550,000 SF in giant San Bruno expansion  —  Making its biggest expansion play yet, Google Inc.'s YouTube division just acquired a sprawling office park near its San Bruno headquarters in a deal …
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 …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Verizon Wireless to begin selling data cap exemptions to content providers January 25 with beta trial of its new FreeBee Data 360 service  —  Verizon Wireless selling data cap exemptions to content providers  —  Video, music, app downloads, and ads can be exempted from caps for a fee.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg Business:
HBO Plans to Take On Netflix in Spain With Streaming Service  —  Spain has high rate of Web subscribers who opt out of pay TV  —  HBO plans to start a stand-alone Web service in Spain, opening a new front against Netflix Inc. in an increasingly global competition for cord-cutters.

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