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January 28, 2019, 8:25 AM

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Cade Metz / New York Times:
How satellite data startups like Orbital Insight and SpaceKnow track businesses, illegal mining, oil tankers, and more for clients like hedge funds and banks  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In October, the Chinese province of Guangdong — the manufacturing center on the southern coast that drives 12 percent …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Distributed Denial of Secrets, a WikiLeaks-like online repository launched last month by transparency advocates, publishes 175 GB of leaked Russian documents  —  A group of transparency advocates on Friday posted a mammoth collection of hacked and leaked documents from inside Russia …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
References are found in iOS 12.2 to four new iPad models without FaceID, two of which are WiFi-only, and a new iPod Touch without FaceID or TouchID  —  Earlier today, registration info for seven new iPad models was discovered in the Eurasian Economic Commission Database …
Jane Zhang / South China Morning Post:
Research: 97 startups attained a unicorn status in China in 2018, bringing the total number of unicorns to 186, with a combined estimated valuation of ~$736B  —  China fostered 97 unicorns - start-ups valued at least US$1 billion - last year, despite an economic slowdown and a prolonged trade war …
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Randy Nelson / Sensor Tower:
Sensor Tower: mobile users spent an estimated $1.27B in the top 10 US streaming video apps in 2018, up 62% from $781M spent in 2017 and 3x the spending in 2016  —  Mobile users in the United States spent an estimated $1.27 billion in the top 10 subscription video on demand (SVOD) apps last year …
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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Japan amends law to let government staff scan 200M+ IoT devices and hack the ones with weak passwords, so they can then be secured ahead of 2020 Olympics  —  Japanese government wants to secure IoT devices before Tokyo 2020 Olympics and avoid Olympic Destroyer and VPNFilter-like attacks.

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