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January 25, 2017, 11:10 PM

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Will Cathcart / Facebook:
Facebook's Trending topics will show regional, not personalized, stories moving forward, publisher headline and name under each topic, more  —  Today we're announcing three updates to Trending, a feature that shows people popular topics being discussed on Facebook that they might not see in their News Feed:
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Report: Apple hires Greg Duffy, the founder of Dropcam who sold it to Nest for $555M, likely to lead a “special project”  —  Apple has hired Greg Duffy, a well-known entrepreneur who previously founded Dropcam and worked at Alphabet company Nest, an Apple spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook is testing carousel ads inside Messenger in Australia and Thailand, says the ads aren't targeted based on content of messages  —  The experiment is just in Australia and Thailand.  For now.  —  Facebook said last summer that it was running out of places to show users ads in News Feed …
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
Report: Donald Trump is still using his unsecured Android phone to tweet while watching TV in the evenings, despite protests by aides  —  Donald Trump's long-held Android phone is a security nightmare for a high-level politician, but according to a report from the New York Times …
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Verge:
Amid Trump's gag orders on US agencies including EPA, anonymous Twitter accounts like @AltNatParkSer keep tweeting and gain traction  —  Rejecting Trump's science gag order, anonymous NPS Twitter accounts are still going  —  Government offices (and rogue employees therein) …
Alex Heath / Business Insider:
Facebook is testing ephemeral Stories that sit at the top of News Feed in its main app in Ireland, mimicking Snapchat and Instagram  —  After successfully copying Snapchat with Instagram Stories, Facebook is at it again in its big blue app.  —  The same interface, which Facebook …
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Google I/O 2017 to be held May 17-19 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California  —  In a somewhat non-traditional manner, Google has today made official the dates and location for Google I/O 2017.  This year's developer conference will take place, once again …
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
HP recalls 101K laptop batteries for fire hazard in US, Canada, and Mexico; affected brands include HP, Compaq, ProBook, Envy, Compaq Presario, and Pavilion  —  The move expands a recall first announced last year  —  HP is expanding its recall of laptop batteries with overheating issues that can cause computer damage and even fire.
 

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