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January 17, 2019, 10:40 AM

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Facebook:
Facebook takes down 471 Facebook pages and accounts, as well as 41 Instagram accounts, for coordinated inauthentic behavior originating in Russia  —  Today we removed multiple Pages, groups and accounts that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram.
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 …
Tim Cook / TIME:
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 …
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 …
Stefan Etienne / The Verge:
Mastercard updates policy to end automatic billing after free trials, will require merchants to request user authorization for recurring subscriptions  —  Plus, merchants will be required to send you monthly updates  —  Mastercard announced a new policy today for merchants who retain …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Sources: Snap CFO Tim Stone resigned after a dispute with management over pay, going around CEO Evan Spiegel to ask Snap's board for a significant raise  —  - Stone went around Spiegel to seek pay bump, people say  — Executive also sought promotion to Khan's former strategy job
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.
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.

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