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January 15, 2019, 9:00 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo announces it will use Apple Maps to power map and address-related searches, using Apple's MapKit JS framework  —  Apple's MapKit JS has a big, new user  —  DuckDuckGo has spent the last few years making the case that it's the search engine …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple launches $129 battery cases with Qi charging support for iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max  —  Apple today released new Smart Battery Cases designed for its 2018 iPhone lineup, including the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR.  —  Available in black or white, each Smart Battery Case is priced at $129 …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Source: Tim Cook told staff that Apple replaced 11M iPhone batteries under the $29 replacement program, would have anticipated ~1-2M replacements normally  —  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.
CoinDesk:
Ethereum's long-anticipated Constantinople fork has been delayed after an audit firm discovered a critical flaw in one of the planned changes  —  Ethereum's long-anticipated Constantinople upgrade has just been delayed after a critical vulnerability was discovered in one of the planned changes.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft partners with Walgreens, which will migrate infrastructure to Azure and roll out Office 365 to staff while jointly developing new health care tech  —  A week after unveiling a plan to reinvent grocery shopping with Kroger, Microsoft announced another major retail partnership …
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.
CNBC:
SEC filing: Snap CFO Tim Stone, who joined from Amazon in May 2018, will resign, but his last day has not been determined; Snap's stock down 6%+ after hours  —  nap chief financial officer Tim Stone is resigning, the company said in a new filing.  The stock dropped more than 5 percent after hours on the news.
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.
Dami Lee / The Verge:
Twitter launches the reverse-chronological feed as an option on Android  —  Twitter brought its traditional reverse-chronological timeline back to iOS last month, and now the optional feature is available to Android users in a new update.  It's a welcome choice that brings back some stability to the Twitter feed.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Nielsen: US homes receiving over-the-air broadcast channels without a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription increased 48% to 16M over the past 8 years  —  The number of U.S. households without a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription that instead receive broadcast stations using …
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 …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
In statement regarding allowing Infowars on its platform, Roku says it does not censor based on viewpoint and it is not aware of Infowars violating its policies  —  Streaming device maker Roku faced a backlash Tuesday over its decision to carry a channel for Infowars, the controversial website …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Investigation finds ads on Instagram for several services selling fake followers or automated notification spam for luring in followers  —  Instagram has been earning money from businesses flooding its social network with spam notifications.  Instagram hypocritically continues to sell ad space …
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sources: Microsoft has begun work on adapting Windows for devices with dual screens and foldable displays, updating the OS itself and built-in apps  —  New devices from both Microsoft and PC makers  —  Microsoft is working on adapting Windows to work on foldable devices.
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 …

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