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January 12, 2015, 8:00 PM

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Mark Scott / New York Times:
British Prime Minister wants to ban encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp and iMessage 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google launches Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS  —  Google today launched its Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS, some nine months after releasing the tool on its own mobile platform.  Like its Android counterpart, the iOS version lets you remotely control your computer using your smartphone or tablet.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sources: Twitter in talks to buy Yo-like startup ZipDial for $30M-$40M, in effort to enter Indian market  —  Twitter Is In Talks With India's ZipDial  —  We have heard that Twitter is making another acquisition, with international growth and mobile marketing in mind.
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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Tinder acquires Chill, the creators of ephemeral messenger app Tappy, as part of a strategic acquihire; Tappy to shut down  —  Tinder Acquires Ephemeral Messenger Tappy  —  Tinder has just closed its first acquisition.  The IAC-backed startup has purchased Chill, creators of Tappy, as part of a strategic acquihire.
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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 …
AppleInsider:
Apple suppliers TSMC, Foxconn announce record December revenues as iPhone sales soar  —  The iPhone's strong holiday sales helped two of Apple's biggest supply chain partners — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Hon Hai Precision Industry — post record monthly revenues in December …
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 …

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