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January 15, 2019, 1:50 PM

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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.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Netflix raises prices for US subscribers by 13%-18%, its biggest hike ever, immediately affecting new subscribers, over next three months for existing customers  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is raising its U.S. prices by 13 percent to 18 percent, its biggest increase since the company launched its streaming service 12 years ago.
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 …
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:
Daniel Victor / New York Times:
A simple picture of an egg, posted by an anonymous Instagram user, has set the record for most likes, with over 40M, surpassing Kylie Jenner's 18M record  —  There's nothing special about the egg.  Seems like a fine enough egg.  But more than 22 million people have liked it, dethroning Kylie Jenner's birth-announcement post.
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.
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.
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 …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Bringg, which helps retailers and grocery chains with delivery logistics, raises $25M Series C from Siemens-backed global venture firm Next47 and others  —  The delivery logistics market is enormous.  A recent study projects it will reach $29.06 billion by 2027, driven by increasing commercial and industrial demand.
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Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Smartsheet acquires Seattle-based Slope, which helps companies manage the creative project production process, for an undisclosed sum  —  Smartsheet didn't have to go far to make its second acquisition.  —  The Bellevue, Wash.-based publicly-traded work collaboration software company has swooped up Slope …
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 …

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