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January 25, 2018, 12:50 AM

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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 …
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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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Phil Harrison, a veteran of Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox businesses, has joined Google as vice president and general manager  —  Phil Harrison, a veteran of Sony's and Microsoft's game console businesses, tweeted today that he has taken a job at Google.
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.
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:
Samsung announces Galaxy Unpacked event on February 25, hinting at the launch of Galaxy S9 flagship with improved camera  —  Samsung has officially marked the calendar for Feb. 25 as the date it will launch its next big phone, all but confirmed to be called the Galaxy S9.
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 …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Chrome 64 strengthens pop-up blocker to prevent sites with “abusive experiences” from opening new tabs or windows, adds option to disable audio for whole sites  —  Google today launched Chrome 64 for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  Additions in this release include a stronger pop-up blocker and a slew of developer features.
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
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
New York governor signs executive order requiring ISPs with state contracts to abide by net neutrality rules; Montana signed similar order Monday  —  In an announcement today, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has signed an executive order that would require internet service providers …
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.
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 …
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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.
Sean Buckley / CNET:
Nintendo is shutting down its first smartphone game Miitomo on May 9, just a little over two years after initial launch  —  Miitomo wasn't what anybody expected from Nintendo's first smartphone game.  Now it's shutting down.  —  For years, fans and analysts had anticipated Nintendo's move …
Writankar Mukherjee / The Economic Times:
Canalys and Counterpoint say Xiaomi shipped more smartphones than Samsung, becoming No. 1 smartphone vendor in India for the first time in Q4 2017  —  KOLKATA: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has become the No 1 smartphone brand in the Indian market in the quarter ended December 2017 …

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