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January 11, 2019, 12:35 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple plans three new iPhones for 2019, including a high-end one with a triple rear camera, and the successor to the iPhone XR with a dual-camera  —  Three new iPhone models planned for 2019, including one with a triple rear camera  —  Apple Inc. AAPL .32% is planning to release three …
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 …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
US government websites including NASA's and the DOJ's are inaccessible to public after 80+ expired TLS certificates were not renewed due to government shutdown  —  Over 80 government websites are down after TLS certificates and there's nobody on hand to renew them.
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
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.
Vanessa Gera / Associated Press:
Poland has searched the Warsaw offices of Huawei and Orange, arrested a Chinese manager at Huawei and charged him with espionage on behalf of China  —  WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Internal Security Agency has charged a Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei in Poland and one of its own former officers …
Fraser Brown / PC Gamer:
Unity says Improbable's claims are “incorrect” and game devs using SpatialOS are not affected by Unity's TOS update; Improbable says it was a “misunderstanding”  —  Unity CTO Joachim Ante said Improbable's warning that SpatialOS could not longer be used with Unity was ‘incorrect.’
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Some Twitter users in China, of which there are 3.2M, face detention and threats in Beijing's broad and punitive new censorship push  —  SHANGHAI — One man spent 15 days in a detention center.  The police threatened another's family.  A third was chained to a chair for eight hours of interrogation.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Videolan says it expects VLC to surpass 3B downloads on Friday and that Airplay support is coming to the main VLC app, possibly arriving in about a month  —  Open source video player app VLC was mere hours away from surpassing 3 billion downloads Friday, and the Videolan team celebrated …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify outlines its strategy for podcasts that includes bringing talent in-house or exclusively licensing content and selling ads within its podcasts  —  Having established itself as a top streaming service with now over 200 million users, Spotify this year is preparing to focus more of its attention on podcasts.
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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 …
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.

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