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January 12, 2019, 8:35 PM

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David Pierce / Wall Street Journal:
How MicroLED display technology, demoed by Samsung at CES, may let customers assemble their own TVs to the exact size and shape they want, like LEGO bricks  —  MicroLED is better looking, more efficient and more versatile than any previous display tech.  Now all Samsung, Sony …
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 …
Washington Post:
Over half of the top 20 YouTube search results for “RBG” this week pointed to conspiracy-theory videos about Ruth Bader Ginsburg's health  —  Conspiracy theories about the health of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have dominated YouTube this week, illustrating how the world's …
Sinclair Target / Motherboard:
A look back at the evolution of RSS and why it lost out to centralized information silos on the web controlled by corporations, despite being an open format  —  Before the internet was consolidated into centralized information silos, RSS imagined a better way to let users control their online personas.
Emma Best / Gizmodo:
An overview of internal WikiLeaks data the US government collected from 2009 through at least 2017, including chats with identifying details on some sources  —  Late last year, the U.S. government accidentally revealed that a sealed complaint had been filed against Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.
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Rita Katz / Wired:
How ISIS is changing how it uses tech to recruit and coordinate, by moving to free public chat apps and services like RocketChat, Yahoo Together, Viber, Discord  —  HEADS UP, TECH companies: If your product appeals to the masses, it likely also holds allure for terrorist groups like ISIS.
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 …
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 …

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