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January 16, 2019, 7:05 AM

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Heather Kelly / CNN:
Evan Spiegel says Snap CFO Tim Stone, who joined the company from Amazon eight months ago, has resigned but will remain until February 5 to help with transition  —  San Francisco (CNN Business)Snap is losing another high-profile executive.  Chief Financial Officer Tim Stone told Snap …
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 …
Rachel Yang / Variety:
Roku says it is removing two Infowars channels on its platform after criticism from users and a rebuke from some Sandy Hook families  —  Roku has taken the Infowars channel off its platform after the streaming device faced criticism for carrying the controversial program hosted by right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
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.
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.
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 …
Celia Chen / South China Morning Post:
Tencent's Q3 profits grew 30% YoY on investment gains, offsetting slower growth in its gaming business; research: Tencent made 163+ investment deals in 2018  —  - In the third quarter, Tencent's profit increased 30 per cent mainly due to gains from investment-related items
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
US authorities charge Ukrainian hacker and several others for alleged roles in trading on nonpublic corporate earnings news obtained by hacking an SEC database  —  (Reuters) - U.S. authorities on Tuesday charged several individuals and companies in a scheme to trade on information …
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Data from Portland's 4-month scooter program, which capped the number of scooters to ~2K and recorded 700K+ rides, shows scooters often replaced short car trips  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The e-scooter boom began in Santa Monica, Calif., about 16 months ago.  Electric scooters …
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.
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 …
Trent Brunson / Trail of Bits Blog:
Study finds that the top one percent of bug hunters found on average ~0.87 bugs per month, earning an average yearly salary of ~$34K  —  Trying to make a living as a programmer participating in bug bounties is the same as convincing yourself that you're good enough at Texas Hold 'Em to quit your job.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Summary of the first six days of the FTC vs Qualcomm trial, which saw witnesses from Apple, other companies, and IP experts from consultancies and universities  —  The US Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday presented its last witnesses and evidence in its case against Qualcomm.
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.

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