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January 8, 2017, 3:25 PM

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New York Times:
Russian regulator told Apple and Google to remove LinkedIn app from App Store and Google Play; app is no longer available for download in Russia  —  WASHINGTON — Smartphone users in Russia can no longer download the LinkedIn app on iPhone or Android devices, following a similar move in China to block The New York Times app on iPhones.
Ewan Spence / Forbes:
HMD Global launches Nokia 6, its first smartphone, a $245 China-only Android 7 device with 5.5" screen, Snapdragon 430, 4GB RAM, 16MP main and 8MP front camera  —  The first Android-powered smartphone to carry the Nokia name from HMD Global has been announced.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
10K+ poorly secured MongoDB installations deleted by attackers demanding hefty ransoms  —  Poorly secured MongoDB installations deleted and held for ransom.  —  More than 10,000 website databases have been taken hostage in recent days by attackers who are demanding hefty ransoms for the data …
Sonny Dickson:
Exclusive Video and Photos: The iPod-based interface that lost out to iOS for the iPhone  —  While it has always been known that Apple considered a variety of ideas when they were deciding to enter the mobile phone market (with ex employees discussing it behind closed doors …
Brian McCullough / Internet History Podcast:
The History of the iPhone, On Its 10th Anniversary  —  So... Three things: A widescreen iPod with touch controls.  A revolutionary mobile phone.  And a breakthrough internet communications device.  An iPod... a phone... and an internet communicator... An iPod, a phone... are you getting it?
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
A profile of Sigfox, the French startup building a global communications network for Internet of Things devices  —  FEATURE:  —  Xavier Torres-Tuset saw his future the first time he heard of Sigfox.  —  The French engineer had been interested in building a new type of tracking device for remote objects …
Michael del Castillo / CoinDesk:
Blockstack raises $4M round led by USV to build a Bitcoin-powered internet free of centralized servers  —  A new version of the Internet built on the bitcoin blockchain is another step closer to reality thanks to a $4m investment in Blockstack revealed in SEC documents earlier this week.
Mehedi Hassan / MSPoweruser:
Leaked screenshots show Project Neon, an upcoming incremental upgrade to Windows 10 design that will focus heavily on animations  —  Late last year we reported on Project NEON - the upcoming UI upgrade for Windows 10.  Recently we managed a closer look at Microsoft's internal plans …
Ars Technica:
The best PCs, gadgets, and wearables of CES 2017  —  Highlights of the best devices we saw in Las Vegas this year.  —  LAS VEGAS—The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas tries to get consumers (and the media) excited for the new year with a treasure trove of new devices.

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