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January 10, 2017, 6:15 PM

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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Chris Lattner, creator of Swift, LLVM, and longtime leader of Xcode tools team, leaves Apple, says he plans to remain an active member of the Swift Core Team  —  Update: Tesla has announced that Lattner is joining its Autopilot team.  Read more on Electrek.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Apple says Consumer Reports' battery test had disabled Safari cache in developer settings, which triggered an obscure bug that has since been patched  —  Last month, Consumer Reports came up with some interesting battery test results with the latest MacBook Pro models.  Results ranged from 3.75 hours to 19.5 hours.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
LG says upcoming G6 will have 5.7-inch QHD+ 564 PPI display with 18:9 aspect ratio, lower power consumption, and 0.2mm bezels  —  With LG in decline due to its mobile division, the company is attempting a turnaround with its upcoming G6.  In an interesting move, LG Displays has announced …
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
After criticism, Microsoft adds privacy web dashboard, simplifies existing privacy controls and adds app-specific granular options in Windows 10 Creators Update  —  In the past year, regulators and privacy advocates have taken potshots at Microsoft over its data collection policies.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Europe proposes expanding telco data privacy rules to email and mobile messaging services like WhatsApp and Gmail, aims for proposal to be adopted by May 2018  —  The European Commission has set out proposals for updating rules which govern the use of personal telecoms data that would expand …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative hires ex-Obama adviser and Uber board member David Plouffe as president of policy and advocacy, as firm seeks political influence  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, have vowed to put their enormous wealth toward philanthropic causes.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Fitbit acquires European luxury smartwatch maker Vector for an undisclosed sum; no new products will be developed using the Vector name  —  Well this is a relatively fast exit.  In March last year a brand new smartwatch brand appeared, hoping to offer something different.
Steve Brachmann / IPWatchdog.com:
IBM granted record 8,088 patents in 2016 by the USPTO, its 24th straight year at the top of the list, followed by Samsung with 5,518 and Cannon with 3,665  —  In 1992, Bill Clinton was elected President of the United States.  Hurricane Andrew bore down on the American Southeast …
Alan Boyle / GeekWire:
LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, Omidyar Network back $27M Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund for research into the social impacts of AI  —  LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Omidyar Network anchor a newly formed $27 million fund to support research into the social impacts of artificial intelligence.

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