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January 14, 2019, 6:50 PM

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Shara Tibken / CNET:
Apple COO Jeff Williams testifies that Apple tried to dual source modems for iPhone in 2018 as it had before, but Qualcomm wouldn't sell to it amid legal fights  —  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.
Mark Armstrong / The WordPress.com Blog:
WordPress.com launches Newspack, a publishing platform aimed at small and medium-sized news outlets and backed by Google, ConsenSys, Lenfest, Knight, and 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.
CNBC:
NBC says it will launch an ad-supported streaming service in Q1 2020, free for pay-TV subscribers; source says the service may cost ~$12/month for everyone else  —  - NBC's streaming service will be a free, ad-supported product to anyone that subscribes to a pay-TV service.
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 …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Trump administration proposes rules to remove waiver requirements for operating drones at night and over populated areas  —  (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday proposed rules that would allow drones to operate over populated areas and end a requirement for special permits for night use …

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