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November 17, 2016, 10:30 AM

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Kim Zetter / The Intercept:
Report: iPhones send call history with phone numbers, dates, times, and duration to Apple's servers if iCloud is enabled; log is retained for up to four months  —  Apple emerged as a guardian of user privacy this year after fighting FBI demands to help crack into San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook's iPhone.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Analysis shows top 20 fake election news stories generated more engagement on Facebook than the top 20 election stories from 19 major news outlets  —  In the final three months of the US presidential campaign, the top-performing fake election news stories on Facebook generated more engagement …
Bloomberg:
Sources: only one 2017 iPhone model may have OLED screen due to supply constraints; OLED model may have all-glass design and bezel-less screen larger than 5"  —  Display makers seen struggling to meet iPhone output in 2017  —  OLED displays are more energy efficient, provide deeper colors
Matt Burgess / WIRED UK:
UK parliament clears Investigatory Powers bill to be passed into law; bill allows bulk surveillance of citizens, hacking of mobile devices and networks, more  —  The Investigatory Powers Bill has been passed by both Houses of Parliament.  Once it receives Royal Assent it will become law
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn is now officially blocked in Russia after failing to transfer Russian user data to servers located in the country as required by law  —  Amid a tense stand-off and attempt at negotiations, Russia's communications regulator Roskomnadzor has started to enforce a proposed block of LinkedIn …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple to cut its 30% App Store fee to 15% for video streaming apps if providers integrate their service with its TV app  —  Move comes as Apple prepares to roll out a new TV app  —  Video partners had been frustrated with Apple's revenue slice  —  Apple Inc. plans to cut the amount …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Qualcomm launches its first 10-nanometer CPU, Snapdragon 835, with Quick Charge 4, which is said to add five hours of battery life with a five minute charge  —  Qualcomm has unveiled its next-gen Snapdragon 835 flagship CPU and confirmed rumors that it will be built by Samsung using its 10-nanometer FinFET process.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Hacker Samy Kamkar debuts PoisonTap, a Raspberry Pi Zero mod that can plug into password-locked computers via USB and intercept web traffic, install backdoors  —  The perils of leaving computers unattended is about to get worse.  —  The perils of leaving computers unattended just got worse …
Aaron Aupperlee / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
Facebook acquires facial analysis company FacioMetrics, a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff  —  FacioMetrics, a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff company, announced Wednesday it is being acquired by Facebook.  —  The company developed basic algorithms for facial feature tracking and software …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google releases Google Earth VR on the HTC Vive for free and is exploring support for other platforms  —  A virtual reality version of Google Earth is now available for free on the HTC Vive, letting users explore reconstructed cultural treasures, global landmarks, or (for some) their own homes in VR.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter introduces Snapchat-like QR codes as an option to follow people  —  When clicking the follow button feels too hard  —  Twitter today introduced QR codes into its apps for iOS and Android, because not having QR codes was Twitter's biggest existential threat as a business and the main reason …

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