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January 10, 2018, 11:30 PM

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Current version of macOS, versions after 10.12.6, include flaw that unlocks App Store menu in system preferences with any password; fix coming in macOS 10.13.3  —  A bug report submitted on Open Radar this week has revealed a security flaw in the current version of macOS High Sierra that allows …
Wall Street Journal:
Senate Commerce Committee chairman John Thune sends Apple letter asking about iPhone performance throttling as Paris prosecutor's office confirms investigation  —  Sen. John Thune writes letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook; Paris prosecutor's office opens investigation
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
YouTube says it is putting original projects with Logan Paul on hold and removes him from Google Preferred ad program after his video showing suicide victim  —  The video platform says it will not feature Paul in the fourth season of YouTube Red original comedy ‘Foursome.’
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.
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 …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Self-driving car startup Voyage says it will launch a taxi fleet in Florida's The Villages, a 125K-person retirement community, after $20M Series A in 2017  —  Largest retirement community in the US gets robot taxis courtesy of startup Voyage  —  With 125,000 residents, over 54,000 homes …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook tests local news feature called Today In across six US cities, combining human curation and AI to surface news, events, and announcements in its app  —  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.
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 …
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Netflix, Amazon, and major studios sue Dragon Box, alleging it facilitates piracy with its $350 streaming box that offers easy access to illegal movies and TV  —  Netflix and Amazon joined with the major studios on Wednesday in a lawsuit against Dragon Box, as the studios continue their crackdown on streaming devices.
Reuters:
Nvidia CEO says its GPUs “immune” to flaws from Spectre threat, but Nvidia is updating software drivers because they interact with potentially vulnerable CPUs  —  Nvidia Corp said some of its chipsets have been affected by Spectre, a memory corruption flaw that allows hackers …
Jeremy Herron / Bloomberg:

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