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January 11, 2019, 12:15 AM

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Washington Post:
AT&T and T-Mobile say they will stop selling customers' location data to 3rd-party service providers by March; Verizon says it's winding down sharing agreements  —  AT&T said Thursday it will stop selling its customers' location data to third-party service providers after a report this week …
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Sources: Amazon-owned Ring gave its teams in Ukraine and the US unfiltered cloud access to unencrypted home security camera videos and live feeds  —  The “smart home” of the 21st century isn't just supposed to be a monument to convenience, we're told, but also to protection …
Fraser Brown / PC Gamer:
After an outcry from Improbable, Unity says the recent change to its ToS won't affect Unity-based games using Improbable's SpatialOS cloud platform  —  Unity CTO Joachim Ante said Improbable's warning that SpatialOS could not longer be used with Unity was ‘incorrect.’
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
Improbable and Epic Games partner to establish $25M fund to help devs transition away from Unity to “more open engines, services, and ecosystems”, after debacle  —  Unity found itself at the center of a controversy today, and now competitor Epic Games is turning up the heat.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Researchers say it is easy to find child porn images on Bing, which also actively suggests related keywords and images; Microsoft says it is working on fixes  —  A TechCrunch-commissioned report finds damning evidence  —  Illegal child exploitation imagery is easy to find on Microsoft's Bing search engine.
Bloomberg:
Shareholder sues Alphabet's board of directors, claiming they breached fiduciary duty by covering up sexual misconduct by execs and giving Andy Rubin a payout  —  - Investor accuses Alphabet directors of abusing their power  — Android creator allegedly got $90 million payout amid probe
Timothy W. Martin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Samsung plans to unveil a fully functional foldable screen phone and the 10th anniversary Galaxy S10 phone lineup on February 20  —  Tech giant to also unveil its 10th anniversary flagship phones at events in San Francisco and London  —  SEOUL— Samsung Electronics Co. plans …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Jason D. Rowley / Crunchbase News:
Ford is shutting down Chariot, the startup it acquired in 2016 that operates commuter shuttle services in nine North American cities and in London  —  Chariot, the Ford-owned transportation startup that operates commuter shuttle services in nine North American cities and internationally in London, is shutting down.
The Information:
Sources say Amazon is developing a game streaming service, but it isn't likely to launch until next year at the earliest  —  Amazon is developing a service for streaming videogames over the internet, joining Microsoft, Google and other companies that are building similar offerings …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
IDC reports global PC shipments in Q4 were down 3.7% YoY, while Gartner estimates a 4.3% YoY decline, amid CPU shortages and the US-China trade war  —  IDC and Gartner market share stats illustrate how trade wars and CPU shortages hurt fourth quarter sales for PC makers.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Researchers develop tool that can predict where Twitter users live with 92.5% accuracy using GPS data from geotagged tweets posted prior to April 2015  —  AN INTERNATIONAL GROUP of researchers has developed an algorithmic tool that uses Twitter to automatically predict exactly where you live …

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