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January 11, 2017, 7:40 AM

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Tesla:
Chris Lattner joins Tesla as VP of Autopilot software  —  We would like to welcome Chris Lattner, who will join Tesla as our Vice President of Autopilot Software.  Chris' reputation for engineering excellence is well known.  He comes to Tesla after 11 years at Apple where he was primarily responsible …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Chris Lattner, creator of Swift, LLVM, and longtime leader of Xcode tools team, leaves Apple, says he plans to remain an active member of the Swift Core Team  —  Update: Tesla has announced that Lattner is joining its Autopilot team.  Read more on Electrek.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Verizon says customers with unlimited data plans using 200GB+/month must switch to limited plans or be disconnected  —  Heaviest unlimited data users must switch to limited plans or be disconnected.  —  Verizon Wireless customers with unlimited data plans who use more than 200GB a month …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Greenpeace clean energy report: Apple, Facebook, Google top list, all scoring “A"s; Baidu and Tencent trail pack with “F"s  —  Apple has earned the title of greenest tech company in the world for the third year in a row, according to a new report from environmental organization Greenpeace.
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
After criticism, Microsoft adds privacy web dashboard, simplifies existing privacy controls and adds app-specific granular options in Windows 10 Creators Update  —  In the past year, regulators and privacy advocates have taken potshots at Microsoft over its data collection policies.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Apple says Consumer Reports' battery test had disabled Safari cache in developer settings, which triggered an obscure bug that has since been patched  —  Last month, Consumer Reports came up with some interesting battery test results with the latest MacBook Pro models.  Results ranged from 3.75 hours to 19.5 hours.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Europe proposes expanding telco data privacy rules to email and mobile messaging services like WhatsApp and Gmail, aims for proposal to be adopted by May 2018  —  The European Commission has set out proposals for updating rules which govern the use of personal telecoms data that would expand …
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Court documents: FBI paid eight sources at Geek Squad when they found evidence of child pornography on computers sent in for repair  —  At a giant Best Buy repair shop in Brooks, Ky., Geek Squad technicians work on computers owned by people across the country, delving into them to retrieve lost data.
More: ZDNet and Consumerist
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative hires David Plouffe, ex-Obama adviser and Uber board member, as president of policy and advocacy, as firm seeks political influence  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, have vowed to put their enormous wealth toward philanthropic causes.

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Microsoft:
New Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform helps automakers transform cars  —  Set of services built on Microsoft Azure is designed to help create custom connected driving experiences.
Worldpay:
U.S. eCommerce during 2016 & predictions for 2017  —  Read the interview here in our blog with Worldpay's North American General Manager - eCommerce, Casey Bullock.
Zoho:
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eero:
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