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January 12, 2015, 5:35 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Latest iOS 8.2 iPhone beta adds Apple Watch Bluetooth support, confirms app  —  The latest iOS 8.2 beta for the iPhone adds support for Apple's next major product launch: the Apple Watch.  Inside of the Bluetooth Settings menu is a new panel specifically for pairing an iPhone with the Apple Watch.
New York Times:
Obama calls for federal legislation that would protect student privacy, require that companies disclose breaches that involve consumer data  —  Obama to Call for Laws Covering Data Hacking and Student Privacy  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday will call for federal legislation intended …
Adam Clark Estes / Gizmodo:
Hackers claiming to be ISIS “Cyber Caliphate” seize US Central Command's Twitter and YouTube accounts  —  Someone Claiming to Be ISIS Says They Hacked CENTCOM, Leaks Docs Online  —  U.S. Central Command's Twitter and YouTube accounts just lit up in a bad way.
Tod Beardsley / Metasploit:
Google stops providing security patches for pre-KitKat WebView, leaves 930M users vulnerable  —  Google No Longer Provides Patches for WebView Jelly Bean and Prior  —  Over the past year, independent researcher Rafay Baloch (of “Rafay's Hacking Articles") and Rapid7's Joe Vennix …
Mark Scott / New York Times:
British Prime Minister wants to ban encrypted messaging services like SnapChat or Whatsapp if security agencies can't access them  —  British Prime Minister Suggests Banning Some Online Messaging Apps  —  LONDON — Popular messaging services like Snapchat and WhatsApp are in the cross hairs in Britain.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Facebook, Xiaomi discussed possible investment in the Chinese smartphone maker - sources  —  (Reuters) - Mark Zuckerberg and Xiaomi Inc CEO Lei Jun discussed a potential investment by Facebook in China's top smartphone maker ahead of its $1.1 billion fundraising last month …
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Sequoia-backed international restaurant discovery service Zomato buys IAC's Urbanspoon for $50M to $60M to enter US market  —  Restaurant Discovery Site Zomato Buys IAC's Urbanspoon, Enters The U.S.  —  Zomato, the restaurant discovery site backed by Sequoia, has bought Urbanspoon from IAC …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Spotify now has 60M users, 15M of whom are paying subscribers  —  Two months after Spotify revealed it had 50 million users and 12.5 million subscribers, the music-streaming behemoth has issued an updated set of figures for 2015.  —  The company says it now has 60 million active users …
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
IBM Wins Most Patents — Again — but Google and Apple Climb in Rankings  —  There was little change among the largest recipients of U.S. patents in 2014.  But two big Silicon Valley names - Google and Apple - continued climbing the charts.  —  The two technology giants remained well behind IBM …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Citrix Scoops Up Virtual Storage Vendor Sanbolic  —  Citrix purchased Sanbolic today, a company that provides virtual storage optimization services, filling in a missing piece in its virtualization product portfolio with the acquisition.  —  It's worth noting that Sanbolic plays nicely …
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Supreme Court asks DOJ to weigh in on Google-Oracle API copyright flap  —  The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Obama administration for its views on an appeals court's conclusion that Oracle's Java application programming interfaces are protected by copyright.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Chilling Effects DMCA archive decides to pull copyright removal notice pages from search engines, deletes whole domain from Google, probably by mistake  —  Chilling Effects On Chilling Effects As DMCA Archive Deletes Self From Google  —  Over the weekend, TorrentFreak noted …

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