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January 12, 2018, 10:50 AM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Zuckerberg says News Feed will focus on what friends share, de-emphasize content from publishers and brands as it moves to favor interactions over passive posts  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook introduced sweeping changes to the kinds of posts, videos and photos that its more than two billion members …
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Facebook's News Feed changes are good for media industry in the long term; journalism engineered to be picked by an algorithm is not journalism, it's marketing  —  Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the New York Times that the social network will revamp its news feed to emphasize …
Reuters:
Intel says some data center customers using Broadwell and Haswell processors are reporting more system reboots after applying patch for Meltdown and Spectre  —  (Reuters) - Intel Corp on Thursday said that recently issued patches for flaws in its chips could cause computers using its older Broadwell …
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
AMD says it is making firmware updates available for Ryzen and EPYC processors this week to fix Spectre flaws, updating older processors “over the coming weeks”  —  Zero risk, but not zero impact  —  AMD's initial response to the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws made it clear “there is a near zero risk to AMD processors.”
Erin Griffith / Wired:
James Vincent / The Verge:
Skype partners with Open Whisper Systems, which makes Signal, to begin testing of end-to-end encrypted “Private Conversations”  —  Secured using the same encryption standard behind the Signal app  —  Microsoft is testing a new feature for Skype: end-to-end encrypted chat conversations …
Jake Smith / ZDNet:
IDC: PC shipments in Q4 2017 grew by 0.7% YoY to 70.6M units but declined by 0.2% to 259.5M units in full year 2017; HP and Apple saw 8.3% and 7.3% growth in Q4  —  Research firm IDC said PC market most stable since 2011, led by HP.  —  The PC market is beginning to show some signs of stabling …
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Sources: Google to vet videos in the Google Preferred ad program with human moderators and AI, after concerns from marketers over videos including Logan Paul's  —  Google is planning a new push to vet top-tier YouTube videos that it bundles for major advertisers, people familiar with the plan said.
New York Times:
House votes 256 to 164 to extend Section 702 FISA warrantless surveillance program for six years with minimal changes; bill now proceeds to the Senate  —  WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to extend the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program …
Cody Toombs / Android Police:
Google updates Duo, lets users call some Android contacts who don't have the app installed; provides prompt to install at end of call  —  Google recently began rolling out a slightly updated look to the contact list on the Duo video calling app.  Alongside this fun rearrangement of pixels …

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