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 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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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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