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January 24, 2017, 10:15 PM

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Shara Tibken / CNET:
Apple releases iOS 10.3 beta, adds AirPods to Find My iPhone app; AirPods must be within Bluetooth range of another iOS device signed into iCloud to be located  —  And the MacOS Sierra 10.12.4 developer beta brings Night Shift to Macs to change the displays to a warmer color.  —  Sarah
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Cisco acquires AppDynamics, which filed to go public last month and was most recently valued at $1.9B, for $3.7B  —  Cisco said today that it would acquire AppDynamics, which helps companies monitor application performance, for a whopping $3.7 billion.  —  And now, it would seem …
Gummi Hafsteinsson / Google:
Google adds support to Home for Belkin's WeMo and Honeywell devices, says Assistant on Pixel will soon be able to control smart devices  —  Connecting your Google Assistant on Google Home to other devices around your house can simplify your day and help you get more done.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft counters Chromebooks in schools with new “Intune for Education” device and app management service, and low-cost PCs starting at $189  —  Google has made major inroads in U.S. schools in recent years, and not just with its search engine.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Image leaks of LG's G6 smartphone with rounded display corners, slated to be launched February 26th; source says the phone will have a headphone jack  —  Mobile World Congress will be missing its usual Samsung flagship star in Barcelona next month, but there's another Korean company ready to fill the void.
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
A look at how Silicon Valley figures like Steve Huffman, Tim Chang, and Justin Kan are preparing for disasters, whether natural or man-made  —  Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Appeals court upholds verdict barring the US Department of Justice from forcing Microsoft into handing over data on servers outside US  —  An equally divided federal appeals court refused to reconsider its landmark decision forbidding the U.S. government from forcing Microsoft Corp …
Ben Sin / Forbes:
Sources: Samsung is hoarding Qualcomm's supply of Snapdragon 835 for Galaxy S8, forcing rivals like LG and HTC to use older Snapdragon 821 processor  —  A couple days ago I wrote a piece about the HTC U Ultra, wondering why HTC would release a Snapdragon 821 phone in 2017 when the rumor …
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Google for Education launches two convertible stylus-friendly Chromebooks, the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 and Asus Chromebook Flip C213, available in late spring  —  Schools love Chromebooks, so Google for Education has launched two new models they can choose from: the Acer Chromebook Spin 11 and the Asus Chromebook C213.
Susan Salisbury / Palm Beach Post:
FTC says that Breathometer marketing was deceptive with claims that lacked scientific evidence and orders company to offer full refunds  —  Consumers spent more than $5 million on Breathometer devices they were told would accurately measure their blood alcohol content, but the marketing was deceptive …
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Prominent Silicon Valley lawyer Ted Wang is joining Cowboy Ventures as a partner  —  Wang has already been involved with some of tech's most promising startups.  —  Ted Wang, a high-profile Silicon Valley lawyer to some of tech's most prominent companies, is leaving his legal briefs behind …

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