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February 18, 2016, 12:10 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
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.
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.
Reuters:
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.
Diego Macias / Android Headlines:
Google Translate adds 13 new languages bringing total to 103, now serves 99% of online population  —  Google Translate Update Adds New Language Support  —  Google Translate is a very powerful and useful tool which has been getting better over time.  The service can be used to translate text …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Google Acquihires Work Chat Startup Pie To Build Engineering Team In Southeast Asia  —  Google today announced that it is building its first engineering team devoted to Southeast Asia, and the search giant has gobbled up Pie, a Slack-like team communications service based in Singapore, to kick-start things.

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Microsoft:
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Why Pokemon Go's technology is no fad  —  Pokemon Go has ignited the digital world.  Every news organization has reported on why Pokemon Go, the smartphone app based on the Japanese cartoon game from the 1990s, is extraordinarily popular.
 

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