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January 11, 2019, 6:55 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 …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
More than 80 TLS certificates used by US government websites have expired without being renewed due to government shutdown, leaving some websites inaccessible  —  Over 80 government websites are down after TLS certificates and there's nobody on hand to renew them.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Google has stopped making its Chromecast Audio streaming adapter, focusing on smart speakers instead  —  Google has stopped making its Chromecast Audio streaming adapter, and is instead focused on smart speakers going forward.  A company spokesperson confirmed Friday that Chromecast Audio …
Kit Walsh / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Bird sends dubious DMCA takedown notice to Boing Boing over a post explaining how to legally buy abandoned Bird scooter and convert it into a personal scooter  —  Every now and then we have to remind someone that it's not illegal for people to report facts that they dislike.
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 …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
The resumes of 202M+ Chinese users, with personal data including home addresses and mobile numbers, were exposed online on an unsecured MongoDB database server  —  Data appears to have originated from a data scraping app that collected resumes from Chinese job portals.
Adario Strange / Next Reality:
In a court filing, Meta, maker of the Meta 2 AR headset, says its assets have been sold off by a lender and it is insolvent; Meta had raised $73M in VC funding  —  The last time we heard from Meta, the makers of the Meta 2 augmented reality headset, things looked pretty bleak.
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.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
British man sentenced to 2+ years in prison for DDoS attack that took down internet connectivity in Liberia in 2016, after an ISP hired him to attack a rival  —  Hacker knocked an entire country's internet connection offline.  —  A UK court sentenced today a 30-year-old man to two years …
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.
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.

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