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January 19, 2018, 2:45 PM

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Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Amazon raises monthly Prime subscription fee from $10.99 to $12.99 but keeps the $99 annual membership option unchanged  —  Amazon is increasing the monthly price option for Prime from $10.99 to $12.99 as it continues to expand the reach and benefits of the popular fast-shipping program.
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
OnePlus says up to 40K customers affected in credit card breach between Nov. 2017 and mid-Jan. 2018, offers one year of free credit monitoring to those affected  —  After learning that fraudulent charges were appearing on its customers' credit cards, smartphone maker OnePlus disabled support …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Amazon brings voice control to its Alexa app for Android, with iOS coming soon  —  Amazon's slow push into mobile is getting a lot more real this morning with the addition of voice integration into its Android app for Alexa.  Up to now, the app has been little more than a way to manage settings …
Michael Moritz / Financial Times:
Western tech companies will increasingly need to compete with Chinese counterparts where employees work very long hours and enjoy few perks  —  The declaration by Didi, the Chinese ride-hailing company, that delivery business Meituan's decision to launch a rival service would spark …
Li Yuan / Wall Street Journal:
Reuters:
SEC details concerns over crypto investments, demands answers from fund managers on how mutual funds/ETFs will store, safeguard, and price cryptocurrency assets  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. securities regulator on Thursday raised alarm about the safety of bitcoin-themed investments …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Sources: YouTube plans to create Intelligence Desk to seek out inappropriate content using Google data, user reports, social media trends, outside consultants  —  Following a series of scandals and advertiser boycotts, YouTube takes a more proactive approach to hateful and offensive content.
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Crispian Balmer / Reuters:
Italy's antitrust agency opens probe into allegations that Apple and Samsung used software updates to slow phones and induce customers to buy newer models  —  ROME (Reuters) - Italy's antitrust body said on Thursday it had opened a probe into allegations that Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics …
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
After initial rejection, Apple approves Wehe, an app that detects net neutrality violations by testing download speeds and video throttling in seven apps  —  Update: Apple backed off.  —  Update: After this article was published, Apple told Dave Choffnes that his iPhone app …

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