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January 22, 2017, 3:15 PM

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Zeynep Tufekci / technosociology:
Open letter signed by ~70 security experts calls for The Guardian to retract story about alleged WhatsApp backdoor vulnerability  —  You recently published a story with the alarming headline “WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages.”  This story included the phrasing “security loophole”.
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
Apple sues Qualcomm for ~$1B, says Qualcomm charged royalties for tech the chip giant didn't invent, retaliated for Apple's cooperation in Korean antitrust case  —  Apple is suing Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion, saying Qualcomm has been “charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with.”
Qualcomm:
Qualcomm comments on Apple complaint, says “Apple has been actively encouraging regulatory attacks” on Qualcomm in various jurisdictions around the world  —  “While we are still in the process of reviewing the complaint in detail, it is quite clear that Apple's claims are baseless.
Rhett Jones / Gizmodo:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologizes for errors migrating @POTUS followers, says the issues, which affected about 560K people, have been fixed  —  People are a bit on edge at the moment when it comes to being forced to do things by now-President Donald Trump.
Kim Zetter / The Intercept:
Lavabit email service, which shut down in 2013 to avoid court order connected to Snowden investigation, relaunches with features to thwart surveillance  —  In 2013, Ladar Levison, founder of the encrypted email service Lavabit, took the defiant step of shutting down the company's service rather …
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Casual dating app Down, formerly Bang With Friends, acquired by Singapore-based dating startup Paktor  —  Remember “Bang With Friends?”  The controversial app, which later rebranded as Down, was acquired by Singapore-based dating startup Paktor (they're, um... hooking up).
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Politico:
Sources: President Trump will tap sitting GOP FCC commissioner Ajit Pai, a fierce critic of net neutrality, to lead the agency  —  President Donald Trump will tap Ajit Pai to lead the FCC in the new administration, elevating the sitting GOP commissioner to the top spot overseeing …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Uber hires former Google search chief Amit Singhal as SVP of Engineering  —  Uber's latest hire has a storied and accomplished history in Silicon Valley - Amit Singhal, former Senior Vice President of Search and employee number 176 at Google, has joined the ride-hailing company as SVP of Engineering.

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Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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