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January 10, 2018, 2:30 PM

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Cho Mu-Hyun / ZDNet:
Samsung says it will launch its flagship Galaxy S9 at Mobile World Congress in February and plans to launch its foldable phone sometime next year  —  Samsung Galaxy S9 will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in February, the company's mobile boss said, denying rumors of a CES 2018 unveiling.
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Commerce Committee chairman John Thune sends letter to Apple asking about iPhone battery throttling as Paris prosecutor's office confirms investigation  —  Sen. John Thune writes letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook; Paris prosecutor's office opens investigation
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook begins to test local news feature called Today In across six US cities, combining human curation and AI to surface news, events, and announcements  —  Facebook is vetting local publishers that appear in this section.  —  Facebook wants to make it easier for people to find local news from vetted sources.
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Source: Verizon faces political pressure to cancel launch of Huawei Mate 10 amid allegations of Huawei being a security threat, news that AT&T ended Huawei deal  —  Speaking to a source familiar with the company's plans, Verizon is facing political pressure to cancel the launch a Huawei smartphone later this year.
Wall Street Journal:
Paula Parisi / Variety:
Jimmy Iovine casts doubt on earlier report that he planned to leave in August: “I am committed to doing whatever Eddy (Cue), Tim (Cook) and Apple need me to do”  —  Music mogul Jimmy Iovine shot down rumors that he plans to exit Apple in August telling Variety that he's committed …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple to relocate Chinese customer iCloud data and operations from US to mainland China starting February 28 to comply with local laws  —  Apple has today announced a date for when it will hand over operations of iCloud data services for residents of mainland China to GCBD.
Reuters:
Nvidia says GeForce, Tesla, Grid, NVS, and Quadro chipsets affected by Spectre, begins rolling out software patches  —  Nvidia Corp said some of its chipsets have been affected by Spectre, a memory corruption flaw that allows hackers to bypass operating systems and steal passwords of devices.
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
As Jeff Bezos becomes the richest man in history, now worth over $105B, questions loom large on his philanthropic intentions  —  It's been seven months since Bezos tweeted a request for philanthropic ideas.  —  After the New York Times questioned Jeff Bezos about his level of philanthropic giving …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
UK forces Apple to pay an extra £136M tax bill after “an extensive audit” of Apple Europe, one of its UK subsidiaries  —  Apple's tax struggles in Europe have been well documented in the past, and now an extensive audit has forced the company to pay an additional tax bill.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Experts dispute WhatsApp's “end-to-end encryption” claim, saying confidentiality of group chat could be broken if servers were compromised  —  When WhatsApp added end-to-end encryption to every conversation for its billion users two years ago, the mobile messaging giant significantly raised …

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