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January 17, 2019, 11:55 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.
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 …
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
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.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Houseparty says the popular mobile game Heads Up will now be available inside its app with “packs” of words costing $0.99 or more  —  Building an ad-free social network through shared experiences  —  Houseparty, the group video chat that has carved out a niche among a segment …
More: Mashable
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.
Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg:
CEO of Palantir France says the company generated almost $1B in revenue last year; sources say half of the revenue was from corporate clients like Airbus  —  - Peter Thiel's data startup continues to prepare for IPO  — Corporate clients are said to account for half of revenue

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Smartsheet:
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Zoho:
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Ingram Micro:
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Intel:
The field of opportunity for AI is immense—does your CPU have AI Inside?  —  Here are three questions every technology buyer should be asking of their AI tech supplier.

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