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January 16, 2018, 4:05 PM

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Ben Treynor Sloss / The Keyword:
Google plans to build three new undersea fiber optic cables and add five new cloud regions in Montreal, Netherlands, Los Angeles, Finland, and Hong Kong  —  At Google, we've spent $30 billion improving our infrastructure over three years, and we're not done yet.
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Sources: US lawmakers, citing national security concerns, urge AT&T to cut commercial ties with Huawei and oppose China Mobile's plans to enter the US  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers are urging AT&T Inc, the No. 2 wireless carrier, to cut commercial ties to Chinese phone maker …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Kaspersky Lab says it's found an Android spying app, likely by Italian vendors, that relies on five exploits to gain root access and can steal WhatsApp messages  —  Skygofree is among the most powerful spy platforms ever created for Android.  —  Last year, researchers found …
Bloomberg:
China Labor Watch report finds some workers at Catcher iPhone plant worked around noxious chemicals when safety equipment was not present; Apple, Catcher deny  —  Rights group alleges 14 violations of Apple supplier standards  —  Apple says it investigated claims, found no standards breached
Saqib Shah / Engadget:
Contraceptive app Natural Cycles, used by over 500K women, reported to regulator by Swedish hospital after reportedly causing 37 unwanted pregnancies  —  A contraceptive app used by more than 500,000 women has come under fire after reportedly causing 37 unwanted pregnancies.
Richard Chirgwin / The Register:
Google Cast protocol bug causing temporary Wi-Fi outages on many routers; some router vendors are releasing firmware fixes; Google says fix is coming  —  Router vendors sling firmware to protect users from packet floods  —  Wi-Fi router vendors have started issuing patches to defend their products against Google Chromecast devices.

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