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January 14, 2019, 8:15 PM

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Shara Tibken / CNET:
Apple COO Jeff Williams testifies that Qualcomm refused to sell chips for newest iPhones amid legal battle, says $7.50/iPhone fee for Qualcomm patents too high  —  Apple wanted to use Qualcomm's 4G LTE processors in its newest iPhones, but the chipmaker wouldn't sell to it, Apple's operating chief testified Monday.
CNBC:
NBCUniversal says it will launch an ad-supported streaming service in Q1 2020 that is free for pay-TV subscribers; source: non-subscribers could pay ~$12/month  —  - NBC's streaming service will be a free, ad-supported product to anyone that subscribes to a pay-TV service.
Mark Armstrong / The WordPress.com Blog:
WordPress.com launches Newspack by WordPress.com, a publishing platform aimed at small- and medium-sized news outlets and backed by Google, ConsenSys, others  —  Over the past 15 years, WordPress has grown to become the world's most popular publishing platform for the open web — and it's especially true for news organizations.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google says it is rolling out RCS messaging support on the Google Fi network available on the Pixel phones, the Moto G6, LG V35, LG G7, and Android One Moto X  —  Alongside faster international LTE data  —  Today, Google is announcing that it's rolling out RCS Chat on the Google Fi network.
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:
Googlers for Ending Forced Arbitration, an activist group inside Google, to launch a public awareness campaign about mandatory arbitration agreements on Tuesday  —  TECH WORKERS MAY be new to labor organizing, but they're learning quickly.  When a November walkout by 20,000 Google employees protesting …
Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
Autonomous vehicle startup Zoox names Intel exec Aicha Evans as CEO, making her one of the most high-profile black women running a Silicon Valley tech company  —  The Senegal native will become one of the most high-profile black women running a Silicon Valley tech company

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