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January 24, 2018, 3:15 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 …
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.
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft debuts Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer, providing an overview of data sent to Microsoft, available to Windows 10 Insiders with a wider rollout expected  —  A lot more transparency is on the way  —  Microsoft has faced continued concerns around its collection of data with Windows 10.
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
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.
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.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Vivo X20 Plus UD, the first smartphone with in-display fingerprint sensor and 6.43-inch OLED display, announced in China with preorders set to open today  —  For years, rumors have circulated about companies like Samsung and Apple attempting to integrate fingerprint sensors …
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Google Assistant now supports voice match for multiple Netflix profiles  —  Netflix was one of the first video services to add support for Google Assistant, but you could only access the main video profile.  That really limited usefulness in households where everyone has their own profile.
Axios:
Amazon's HQ2 PR strategy is brilliant, encouraging cities to publicly vie for its favor and inspiring positive media coverage amid a backlash against big tech  —  Elected officials across the country have spent the past three months falling all over themselves to show Amazon …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Popular home media server application Plex adds support for Google Daydream VR  —  Last year Plex's reach extended to cover live TV and automobiles, so in 2018 the company is jumping into yet another platform: virtual reality.  As it has done before, the company brought in the developer …
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
UK's technology development arm, Innovate UK, says it will invest £19M in projects related to emerging and enabling tech, such as distributed ledgers, AI, VR  —  The United Kingdom's technology development arm, Innovate UK, is doubling down on its support for blockchain-based technologies, it announced on Jan. 22.
More: GOV.UK and Hacker Noon
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook buys Boston software company Confirm, which authenticates IDs, and will wind down its operations  —  Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch that it's acquired... Confirm.io.  The startup offered an API that let other companies quickly verify someone's government-issued identification card …

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IBM:
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