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January 11, 2018, 3:30 PM

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Alex Barinka / Bloomberg:
Sources: Dropbox has confidentially filed for an IPO, with Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan leading the listing; Dropbox was valued at $10B in 2014  —  File-sharing company valued privately at $10 billion  —  Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan are said to lead potential listing
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 — A yearslong effort by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to impose significant new privacy limits on the National Security …
Giles Turner / Bloomberg:
Filings show Google quietly bought UK sound tech startup Redux, which turns surfaces like phone displays into speakers  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google has quietly acquired a U.K. startup focused on technology that turns surfaces such as phone displays into speakers.
Bloomberg:
Sources: in 2015-2016 Uber used “Ripley” tool to remotely shut down the company's devices and shield files and data from police raids in foreign countries  —  At least two dozen times, the San Francisco headquarters locked down equipment in foreign offices to shield files from police raids.
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Intel releases breakdown of performance slowdown on Windows 10 after Spectre and Meltdown patches: ~6% for 8th-gen CPUs, ~7% for 7th-gen, ~8% for 6th-gen  —  Your personal computers will be less than 10 percent slower after you install the Spectre/Meltdown fix, Intel has revealed in a blog post.
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 …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Ripple partners with global payment company MoneyGram to pilot the use of XRP tokens on MoneyGram's network using Ripple's xRapid service  —  Ripple, a blockchain company and rival to bitcoin, on Thursday announced a tie-up with Dallas-based money transfer giant MoneyGram.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Apple's China iCloud data migration includes international users whose country setting is set to China, raising concerns among users living temporarily in China  —  Apple's plan to migrate China-based iCloud user accounts to a local host on Chinese soil is already running into controversy …
Emil Wallner / FloydHub Blog:
A deep learning project to turn website design mockups into actual code shows how deep learning could change front-end development, increase prototyping speed  —  Within three years deep learning will change front-end development.  It will increase prototyping speed and lower the barrier for building software.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
More than 100 CEOs and company executives including Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, and Jeff Bezos sign open letter urging Congress to protect DACA  —  More than a hundred prominent chief executives are urging Congress to pass legislation to protect the young undocumented immigrants …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Online legal directory Avvo says it has been acquired by Internet Brands, which owns WebMD and others; Avvo was reportedly valued at $650M in 2015  —  Seattle-based Avvo, which runs an online legal directory, marketplace and reviews site, has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Internet Brands …

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