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January 9, 2017, 4:40 PM

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Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Atlassian acquires popular team productivity app Trello for $425M, with $360M in cash and remainder in stock, in its largest acquisition to date  —  Australian software maker Atlassian has taken one of the leading independent players in collaboration software off the board as it looks …
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
Phil Schiller reflects on iPhone's launch, the debate around opening it up with the App Store, the importance of iPod in reaching non-Apple customers, more  —  A reporter there for the creation gets Apple's exclusive take on the “Jesus Phone"'s 10th birthday.  —  Why do a phone?
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Facebook to start testing mid-roll video ad format and, like YouTube, share 55% of the revenue with video publishers  —  Mark Zuckerberg has been building a video empire.  Time to turn it into a business.  —  Facebook wants to show more ads to people who watch its videos …
TechCrunch:
Sources: Amazon's AWS cloud division quietly acquires AI security startup harvest.ai for around $20M  —  Natasha Lomas, Ingrid Lunden and Ron Miller  —  Jan 9, 2017, 9:34 amJan 9, 2017, 9:34 am  —  Amazon Web Services appears to be ramping up its security chops.
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Activehours raises $22M Series A led by Matrix Partners to take on the payroll industry with its quick and free paycheck-processing service  —  What if you didn't have to wait every two weeks to receive a paycheck?  —  What if you could be wired the money you earned almost immediately after a shift?
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
Tencent's WeChat unveils Mini Program, an app platform for the chat app, deflects comparisons to an app store, saying there's no centralized app repository  —  Popular Chinese mobile app company WeChat [Direct Link] congratulated Apple on ten years of the iPhone earlier this morning …
Christopher Zara / Backchannel:
How the “safe harbor” provision of the 1996 Telecommunications Act allowed the modern internet to flourish, and why it's under attack  —  How “safe harbor” turned into a protector of privilege.  —  For Airbnb, suing American cities had become something of a monthly ritual.

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