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January 10, 2017, 6:20 PM

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Tesla:
Chris Lattner joins Tesla as VP of Autopilot software  —  We would like to welcome Chris Lattner, who will join Tesla as our Vice President of Autopilot Software.  Chris' reputation for engineering excellence is well known.  He comes to Tesla after 11 years at Apple where he was primarily responsible …
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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