February 18, 2016, 12:45 PM

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Bloomberg Business:
Profile of Johny Srouji, Apple's SVP for hardware technologies, who is leading the development of company's chips  —  The Most Important Apple Executive You've Never Heard Of  —  A visit with Cupertino's chief chipmaker, Johny Srouji.  —  A little over a year ago, Apple had a problem: The iPad Pro was behind schedule.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweets in support of Apple, says forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise user privacy  —  Google CEO Sundar Pichai backs Tim Cook over Apple-FBI controversy  —  Google CEO Sundar Pichai just weighed in on the ongoing issue over device encryption between Apple …
New York Times:
Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon declined to comment when asked about Apple's opposition to iPhone court order, showing muted tech industry response  —  Apple Letter on iPhone Security Draws Muted Tech Industry Response  —  After a federal court ordered Apple to help unlock …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Tim Cook / Apple:
Skype Blogs:
Skype starts rolling out group video calling for iOS and Android, beginning with North America and Western Europe today, with worldwide availability in March  —  Announcing group video calling for mobile phones and tablets  —  Just a few weeks ago, we announced the next evolution of Skype …
Bloomberg Business:
Apple Pay launches in China, will use UnionPay's point-of-sale network for off-line payments  —  Apple Joins With China's UnionPay to Introduce Mobile Payments  —  Clients of 19 Chinese lenders can shop with Apple Pay  —  Alipay and Tencent dominate China's online payment market
Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid $17K ransom in bitcoins to hackers who took over its network for more than a week  —  Hollywood hospital pays $17,000 in bitcoins to hackers who took control of computers  —  The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in 2004.
Ian Cairns / The Twitter Blog:
In customer service push, Twitter now lets businesses add a “send a private message” button to tweets, attach feedback forms to direct messages  —  Making customer service even better on Twitter  —  Today, we're excited to announce two new tools to help businesses provide even better customer service on Twitter.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft rolls out updates for Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 that address power management bugs and Intel driver issues  —  Microsoft's new Surface Book update will fix sleep problems  —  When we reviewed Microsoft's Surface Book back in October we noticed a number of weird issues.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
IBM Acquiring Truven Health Analytics For $2.6 Billion And Adding It To Watson Health  —  IBM announced its intent to buy Truven Health Analytics today for a whopping $2.6 billion.  It is the fourth major purchase for Watson Health since the unit was established in 2014.
Uber CEO says firm loses $1B+ a year in China due to price war with unprofitable competitor  —  Uber losing $1 billion a year to compete in China  —  Uber Technologies Inc is burning through more than a billion dollars a year in China as it wages a fierce price war against local rival Didi Kuaidi, its chief executive said.

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