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January 8, 2019, 2:21 PM

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Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Investigation shows how easy and affordable obtaining cellphone customers' real-time location data can be, as T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T peddle it to middlemen  —  T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers' location data, and that data is ending up in the hands …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Lambda School, which trains students online to be software engineers in exchange for a share of future income, raises $30M Series B from Bedrock, GV, YC, others  —  Income Sharing Agreements are gaining the attention of higher education and Wall Street.  One early success story is getting a boost from venture capital.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Apple erred on China and “S” cycles, XR, and growth strategies, but reasons for optimism remain as headwinds, like cheap battery swaps, will fade  —  As rare as last week's Apple revenue warning from CEO Tim Cook may have been — the company last issued a revenue warning in June 2002 …
Sam Kim / Bloomberg:
Samsung forecasts decline in Q4 operating profit to ~$9.65B, below analyst estimates of ~$12.4B, due to weak memory chip demand and competition in smartphones  —  Samsung Electronics Co. posted fourth-quarter profit below estimates as demand for memory chips slumps amid deteriorating relations between the U.S. and China.
Axios:
Amazon is quietly piloting a program for brands like Folgers to pay to send free samples to Amazon users, who are likely to enjoy them based on order history  —  Amazon is quietly piloting a program to let brands like Maybelline and Folgers pay to send free samples to consumers …
More: The Verge, Lifehacker, and CNBC
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Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Over a dozen ex-Facebook employees detail how the company's leaders and stacked ranking performance reviews foster a culture where any dissent is discouraged  —  - More than a dozen former Facebook employees detailed how the company's leadership and its performance review system has created a culture where any dissent is discouraged.
CoinDesk:
Coinbase says it's halted Ethereum Classic transactions, withdrawals, and deposits, after a 51% attack on the cryptocurrency led to coin double-spending  —  Crypto exchange Coinbase has halted all ethereum classic transactions, withdrawals and deposits due to a series of blockchain history reorganizations on the network.
Melissa Eddy / New York Times:
Twenty-year-old German man admits to stealing and publishing data on hundreds of lawmakers, journalists, and other figures from every party except far-right AfD  —  BERLIN — A young German man admitted to stealing and publishing online the personal data of hundreds of lawmakers …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
AT&T has rolled out software updates to some Android phones changing its branding of 4G LTE to “5G E”, says that 5G with mmWave technology will be branded “5G+”  —  AT&T starts swapping out “4G” status bar icons with “5GE.”  —  There's a new cellular network technology …
Washington Post:
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Lenovo announces Yoga A940, an all-in-one PC with a 27" display that flexes on a hinge, similar to the Surface Studio but cheaper, coming March from $2,350  —  The Yoga A940 is more than $1,000 cheaper than Microsoft's all-in-one PC  —  Lenovo has a new type of Yoga ready for CES 2019 this week …
More: CNET, Thurrott, and Engadget
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Instagram accounts were allegedly coordinating sharing of child porn using hashtags, then a viral campaign spotlighted it, and finally Instagram banned the tags  —  A hashtag war has been brewing on Instagram between users who appear to be trading child pornography and the memers intent on stopping them.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Google removes 85 adware apps that were installed a total of 9M+ times, according to Trend Micro  —  Adware-infected apps masqueraded as games and TV remote controllers.  —  Google has removed 85 Android apps from the official Play Store that security researchers from Trend Micro deemed to contain a common strain of adware.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Intel demos its first 10nm Ice Lake chip, which is based on its Sunny Cove architecture, says PCs with the processor will ship by the end of 2019  —  Dell promises an Ice Lake laptop for end of 2019  —  Intel announced a major rethink of its chip design back in December, just before it finally delivers 10nm chips for PCs and laptops.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Baidu says its Apollo open source driverless car platform has 130+ partners and debuts Apollo Enterprise, a suite for managing fleets of autonomous vehicles  —  Beijing tech giant Baidu is ramping up its self-driving car initiative.  At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
HTC unveils Vive Pro Eye, a new VR headset with eye-tracking capabilities, coming in April, and teases the Vive Cosmos, a new consumer-friendly headset  —  HTC wants to make it easier for everyone to get into virtual reality.  And it hopes to do it through the Vive Cosmos.

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