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January 13, 2015, 10:10 AM

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Emily Vacher / Facebook:
Facebook to show AMBER alerts in newsfeed to users in targeted search areas to help find missing children  —  Introducing AMBER Alerts on Facebook  —  Today, we are announcing a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to send AMBER Alerts to the Facebook community to help find missing children.
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.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
NoSQL Pioneer Basho Scores $25M To Attempt A Comeback  —  Basho was once a rising star in the NoSQL space, but over time other vendors began to move in, and it lost a step or two — then came a big turnover of key personnel last year.  With the company ready to start anew …
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.
Nick Statt / CNET:
Top AI experts sign open letter calling for research that maximizes its societal benefit  —  Artificial intelligence experts sign open letter to protect mankind from machines  —  The Future of Life Institute wants humanity to tread lightly while on the road to human-level artificial intelligence.
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Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso hands over CEO Role to Sheree Waterson as it focuses on expansion to more physical stores  —  Nasty Gal Founder Hands Over CEO Role at Cutting-Edge Online Fashion Retailer  —  Sophia Amoruso will always be the #GirlBoss.  But she's giving up the official boss title at Nasty Gal.
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
8chan domain “seized” over allegations of “child abuse” content  —  Happened shortly after users doxxed those who'd filed complaints to 8chan's host.  —  Last week, the imageboard site 8chan.co was brought offline for a sustained period of over five days due to a prolonged DDoS attack.
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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.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Maintains Mac Sales Momentum in Holiday Quarter  —  Apple saw an increase in its U.S. PC shipments during the recent holiday quarter, according to PC shipping estimates from Gartner.  Apple shipped over 2.1 million Macs in 4Q14, up from 1.9 million Macs in 4Q13, marking an 11.5 percent increase.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
AMD's Graphics, Marketing, Strategy Execs All Depart  —  Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) this evening announced via an 8-K filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission that its director director of its microprocessor and its graphics chips, or GPU, John Byrne, is leaving the company, “to pursue other opportunities.”
Brian Resnick / National Journal:
CNN reaches agreement with FAA to test multiple professional-grade drones for newsgathering  —  CNN's Drone Journalism Is Just the Beginning  —  Free speech, meet the quadcopter.  —  CNN announced Monday it has come to an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Teradata Buys App Marketing Platform Appoxee For $20-25M, Sets Up Israeli R&D Center  —  Teradata, the publicly-traded analytics company, has made another acquisition to beef up its operations in mobile: the company has acquired Appoxee, an Israeli push-messaging startup aimed at publishers …

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