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January 25, 2018, 9:05 AM

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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.
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET:
Samsung announces Unpacked event on February 25 in Barcelona at 6PM CET during Mobile World Congress, hinting at launch of Galaxy S9 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.
Writankar Mukherjee / The Economic Times:
Canalys and Counterpoint say Xiaomi became India's No. 1 smartphone vendor for the first time in Q4 2017 after shipping more smartphones than Samsung  —  KOLKATA: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has become the No 1 smartphone brand in the Indian market in the quarter ended December 2017 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
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.
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.
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 …
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

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