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January 24, 2018, 10:30 PM

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Apple:
Apple previews iOS 11.3 with ability to turn off controversial throttling of older iPhones, new Animoji, business chat in Messages, and more, coming this spring  —  Major Updates to ARKit, Messages and More Coming This Spring  —  This spring, iOS 11.3 will deliver exciting new ways …
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
New section in Apple's Health app in iOS 11.3 will allow users to automatically download and view their medical records  —  In the latest indication of Apple's growing ambitions in the digital health market, the tech giant on Wednesday morning unveiled a new feature that would allow users …
Jonathan Vanian / Fortune:
Alphabet announces a new “graduate” from its moonshot program, Chronicle, that uses big data to detect security vulnerabilities, run by a former Symantec COO  —  The research lab at Google's parent company, Alphabet, is known for incubating some of the most far-out ideas in tech.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 10 Insiders to get Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer this week, providing an overview of data sent to Microsoft  —  A lot more transparency is on the way  —  Microsoft has faced continued concerns around its collection of data with Windows 10.  France previously ordered Microsoft …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snap's VP of Product Tom Conrad leaving in March after 2 years; director of growth Jacob Andreou steps in at executive level, but no new title assigned to him  —  One of Snap CEO Evan Spiegel's top lieutenants Tom Conrad will leave Snapchat, and the whole tech industry, in March.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
AT&T CEO pushes for an “Internet Bill of Rights”, a net neutrality law covering ISPs and tech firms, in a series of full-page ads in major newspapers  —  AT&T is calling on Congress for a national net neutrality law that would govern Internet providers and tech companies alike …
Steve Yegge:
Engineer Steve Yegge leaves Google after 13 years, says it has lost its way due to risk aversion, politics, arrogance, and a focus on competitors over customers  —  Note: This is my first time using Medium.  Please forgive any faux pas.  Also, it's pretty long even for me, so you might want to go grab a coffee.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: YouTube is asking musicians to sign non-disparagement agreements in exchange for promotional support, has asked other creators to agree to same terms  —  Artists are said to be asked to sign non-disparagement clauses  —  Google-owned site has been working to improve relations
EU Press Room:
EU fines Qualcomm €997M for abusing market dominance, says it paid Apple to buy LTE baseband chipsets from Qualcomm exclusively; Qualcomm to appeal  —  The European Commission has fined Qualcomm €997m for abusing its market dominance in LTE baseband chipsets.
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:
Samsung announces Galaxy Unpacked event on February 25, hinting at the launch of Galaxy S9 flagship with improved camera  —  Confirmed: The Galaxy S9 will be all about camera improvements.  —  Samsung has officially marked the calendar for Feb. 25 as the date it will launch its next big phone …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google I/O 2018 to be held May 8-10 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California  —  This year's Google I/O developer conference will take place from May 8th to May 10th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.  Similar to last year, Google revealed the date through an online puzzle.
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
SoundHound has raised $50M at an estimated $1B valuation in November, according to a fundraising document obtained by PitchBook  —  Welcome to the unicorn club.  —  Not all is bad in the land of music recognition.  —  Around the same time that Shazam was selling for a fraction of its valuation …
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Meg Whitman takes CEO role at Jeffrey Katzenberg's new startup that produces short-form content aimed at mobile consumption  —  Meg Whitman has been appointed CEO of a new venture backed by Jeffrey Katzenberg that aims to revolutionize entertainment with short-form premium content customized for mobile consumption.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
US Government Accountability Office says it will investigate fake net neutrality comments made on FCC website before repeal vote, starting in five months  —  Democrats requested investigation after millions of people were impersonated.  —  The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) …

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