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January 15, 2019, 9:40 AM

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Sources: Apple replaced 11M iPhone batteries under the $29 replacement program in 2018, up from an average of 1-2M  —  Jean-Louis Gassée, on Apple's earnings warning: … I'm pretty sure Gassée's back-of-the-envelope estimate of the number of batteries replaced was way too low.
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
District court judge rules that authorities don't have the right, even with a warrant, to force suspects to unlock devices via biometrics, similar to passwords  —  A California judge has ruled that American cops can't force people to unlock a mobile phone with their face or finger.
Douglas Busvine / Reuters:
German court dismisses Qualcomm's latest patent lawsuit against Apple, says the patent in question was not violated by the installation of its chips in iPhones  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A patent lawsuit filed by Qualcomm Inc against Apple Inc was thrown out by a German court on Tuesday …
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.
Campbell Brown / Facebook Media:
Facebook says it will invest $300M over the next three years to support local news in the US, and expand the Local News Subscriptions Accelerator globally  —  Last year, we worked to better understand what kind of news people want to see on Facebook.  We've also asked our partners …
Eleanor Cummins / Popular Science:
YouTube starts rolling out a new feature on iOS that will let viewers swipe right or left to navigate between videos, coming to Android devices later this year  —  The design team tells us how they made swipe happen.  —  Tapping is so last year.  That's why YouTube began rolling …
Katrina Brooker / Fast Company:
A behind-the-scenes look at Masayoshi Son's investment strategy, which is driven by the belief that computers will run the planet more intelligently than humans  —  Billionaire Masayoshi Son-not Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, or Mark Zuckerberg-has the most audacious vision for an AI-powered utopia where machines control how we live.
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.
Jack Ellis / Tech in Asia:
American Express acquires Japanese restaurant-booking app Pocket Concierge for an undisclosed sum  —  Japanese restaurant-booking app Pocket Concierge has been acquired by US card issuer American Express for an undisclosed sum.  —  In addition to handling online reservations for high-end restaurants …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Rubrik, which provides enterprise data management and backup services, raises $261M at a $3.3B valuation from Bain Capital Ventures and others  —  There is a growing demand for stronger security at every point in the IT ecosystem, and today, one of the the more successful enterprise startups …
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