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January 16, 2018, 12:15 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 …
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.
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.
Sherisse Pham / CNNMoney:
Alibaba and Microsoft's AI programs beat humans for the first time on a Stanford University reading comprehension test  —  Jack Ma: 'We shouldn't fear AI'  —  The robots are coming, and they can read.  —  Artificial intelligence programs built by Alibaba (BABA) and Microsoft (MSFT) …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Twitter again disputes claims from a Project Veritas undercover video aimed at the company, saying “We do not proactively review DMs. Period.”  —  “We do not proactively review DMs.  Period.”  —  On Monday, conservative activist and filmmaker James O'Keefe published undercover footage …

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