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January 12, 2019, 12:45 AM

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Lindsey O'Donnell / Threatpost:
Dozens of government websites rendered insecure or inaccessible due to 80+ expired TLS certificates that haven't been renewed due to the US government shutdown  —  As the U.S. federal shutdown continues, dozens of U.S. government websites have been rendered either insecure or inaccessible due …
Kit Walsh / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Bird sends dubious DMCA takedown notice to Boing Boing over a post explaining how to legally buy an abandoned Bird scooter and convert it to 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.
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 …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Leaked docs: Verizon is alpha testing a game streaming service called Verizon Gaming, currently running on the Nvidia Shield TV, eventually expanding to Android  —  Verizon Gaming is already running on the Nvidia Shield — and soon Android  —  Verizon is currently conducting alpha testing …
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
During FTC vs Qualcomm trial, Apple supply chain exec Tony Blevins details “Project Antique”, the company's search for a second modem supplier, starting in 2013  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) considered tapping Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) and MediaTek Inc (2454.TW) …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple plans three new iPhones for this fall, including a high-end one with a triple rear camera and an iPhone XR successor with a dual-camera system  —  Three new iPhone models planned for 2019, including one with a triple rear camera  —  Apple Inc. AAPL .32% is planning …
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:
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 …
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.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Discussing the decline of TV, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish says driverless, 5G-connected cars would add viewing minutes in the same way the bedroom TV did  —  Viacom CEO Bob Bakish isn't ready to celebrate victory just yet.  “I wouldn't ever say mission accomplished, and certainly not in the changing world …
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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