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January 26, 2017, 11:40 AM

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Hugo Barra to lead all of Facebook's virtual reality efforts including Oculus team  —  I'm excited that Hugo Barra is joining Facebook to lead all of our virtual reality efforts, including our Oculus team.  Hugo's in China right now, so here we are together in VR.  It seems fitting.
Alex Webb / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple to join Partnership on AI, the research group that includes Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, possibly as soon as this week  —  Partnership on AI formed last year to establish best practices  —  Move is latest sign that Apple is becoming less secretive
JC Torres / SlashGear:
Anyone can now make and publish Daydream VR apps  —  While virtual reality technology and hardware are almost “there”, actual significant content remains hard to come by.  With more powerful systems like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the price of equipment presents a high barrier to entry.
Jane Smith / G Suite Update Alerts:
Gmail to block JavaScript file attachments on February 13; Google says .js files can still be sent using Google Drive and Google Cloud Storage  —  Gmail currently restricts certain file attachments (e.g. .exe, .msc, and .bat) for security reasons, and starting on February 13, 2017, we will not allow .js file attachments as well.
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) …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sources: Alphabet is in advanced talks to sell Terra Bella satellite imaging unit to Planet Labs, also considered a sale to Monsanto's Climate Corp. for ~$300M  —  Sources tell TechCrunch that Google parent company Alphabet is in advanced discussions to sell its Terra Bella satellite business …

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