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January 9, 2017, 12:50 AM

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Sonny Dickson:
Video shows early iPhone prototype with an iPod-like interface and a software click wheel  —  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 …
Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge:
Waymo says it is now producing all self-driving tech in house, with big cost savings, will deploy Chrysler minivans this month in Mountain View and Phoenix  —  Now with all-new tech produced in-house  —  Waymo, the self-driving car startup spun-off from Google late last year …
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Uber launches Movement, a website to share its aggregated travel times data for cities, starting with Washington, Boston, Manila, and Sydney  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The combative ride-hailing giant Uber is extending an olive branch to cities — in the form of data that transit wonks have coveted for years.

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