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January 23, 2017, 11:50 AM

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Shara Tibken / CNET:
Samsung says original Note7 fires were caused by design flaws in one supplier's battery, second supplier introduced manufacturing defects after first recall  —  The company opens up about the source of one of history's worst tech product recalls.  —  Sure, blame the batteries.  But it's not quite that simple.
Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Samsung says it won't unveil Galaxy S8 smartphone at Mobile World Congress, suggesting the flagship may launch later than last year's version  —  Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it will not unveil its Galaxy S8 smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show this year …
Sprint:
Sprint buys 33% of Jay Z's TIDAL streaming music service, “will make TIDAL available” to its 45M customers; Jay Z and the artist-owners will still run TIDAL  —  212-827-3753 … Global music and entertainment platform TIDAL and Sprint (NYSE: S) announced today an unprecedented partnership …
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
All Chromebooks debuting in 2017 and beyond will run Android apps  —  The Play Store is on its way to even more Chromebooks.  —  Less than a year ago, Google announced that the Play Store and Android apps would be supported on Chromebooks.  Now the company has made this feature a guarantee …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Hugo Barra steps down as international vice president at Xiaomi, will remain an advisor, and return to the US  —  Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is losing its head of international and primary English-language spokesperson Hugo Barra after he announced his exit from the company.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
WSJ: SEC is investigating whether Yahoo should have disclosed company's data breaches sooner  —  Yahoo is facing an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to its failure to promptly disclose to investors information about the two massive data breaches the company revealed last year.
TechCrunch:
Data management startup Collibra raises $50M Series C led by ICONIQ  —  Jan 18, 2017, 5:03 amJan 19, 2017, 3:07 am  —  Data governance and management startup Collibra — originally founded in Belgium but now based out of New York to help businesses in sectors like finance and healthcare …
Logan Booker / Gizmodo Australia:
ASUS launches $73 Tinker Board, a Raspberry Pi competitor with 4K video, gigabit Ethernet, quad-core processor, and more, available in Europe and UK  —  It doesn't matter if you want a computer the size of a card, a thumb drive or dice box — there's a manufacturer out there that has you covered.
Zeynep Tufekci / technosociology:
Open letter signed by ~70 security experts calls for The Guardian to retract story about alleged WhatsApp backdoor vulnerability  —  You recently published a story with the alarming headline “WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages.”  This story included the phrasing “security loophole”.
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
Researchers at Google, OpenAI, MIT, and other organizations say they are making progress on automating the development of AI software using AI software  —  Progress in artificial intelligence causes some people to worry that software will take jobs such as driving trucks away from humans.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Alphabet's smart home brand Nest expands to Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain  —  As Amazon, Apple and others tee up smart home strategies with apps, hubs and new devices, Google is also turning up the temperature, so to speak, on its own ambitions.  Today, Nest — the smart home business …

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