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January 17, 2019, 12:45 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: DOJ is pursuing a criminal case against Huawei for alleged trade secret theft from US business partners including T-Mobile; indictment is expected soon  —  Probe involves allegations that Huawei stole robot phone-testing technology from T-Mobile  —  Federal prosecutors are pursuing …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft is planning to decouple Windows search and Cortana in the next major Windows 10 update, expected in April, so typed queries will be handled separately  —  Windows search is now free to get more powerful  —  Microsoft is making some big changes to Cortana in Windows 10.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Google to raise prices globally for G Suite on April 2; G Suite Basic will go from $5 to $6, G Suite Business will go from $10 per user per month to $12  —  The G Suite price increases are the first in a decade.  Google argues that the price increases reflect more value.  G Suite Enterprise prices unchanged.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Pew survey of 963 US Facebook users: 74% didn't know the company compiles lists of their interests and traits to target ads; 51% were uncomfortable with this  —  A study by the Pew Research Center suggests most Facebook users are still in the dark about how the company tracks and profiles them for ad-targeting purposes.
The Seattle Times:
Microsoft pledges $500M to tackle housing crisis in Seattle: $475M for loans to housing developers over three years and $25M for resident services  —  The pledge is the largest in the company's 44-year history, and comes as Microsoft and other tech giants that have driven …
Brian Barrett / Wired:
“Collection #1” database, which claims to contain records of ~773M unique email addresses and 21M passwords, some of them hashed, shows up on the web  —  THERE ARE BREACHES, and there are megabreaches, and there's Equifax.  But a newly revealed trove of leaked data tops …
Heather Kelly / CNN:
Washington Post:
Documents and eyewitnesses say T-Mobile execs have been frequently staying at Trump's D.C. hotel as VIPs as T-Mobile seeks approval for its $26B Sprint merger  —  Last April, telecom giant T-Mobile announced a megadeal: a $26 billion merger with rival Sprint, which would more than double T-Mobile's value …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Following AT&T and T-Mobile, Sprint says it will stop selling customers' real-time location data to third-parties but didn't provide a timeframe  —  After AT&T and T-Mobile said they would stop selling their customers' phone location data to third parties, Sprint followed suit.
Nick Summers / Engadget:
Unity updates ToS so that any third-party software, like Improbable's SpatialOS, can be used with its game engine, following last week's fracas  —  Everything is back to normal.  Sort of.  —  Unity has had a change of heart.  The company is updating its Terms of Service so that any third-party software …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Lenovo is partnering with Verizon to reintroduce the Motorola Razr phone with a foldable screen, at a price starting at ~$1,500  —  Motorola seeks to revive flip phone that was dethroned by the iPhone a decade ago  —  The Motorola Razr phone is making a comeback.

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