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January 28, 2019, 9:05 PM

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Patricia Hurtado / Bloomberg:
DOJ unseals Jan. 16 indictment against Huawei, CFO Meng Wanzhou, affiliated firms; charges include bank and wire fraud, IP theft, conspiring to obstruct justice  —  - T-Mobile accused Huawai of theft; CFO linked to sactions case  —  U.S. prosecutors filed criminal charges against Huawei Technologies Co. …
U.S. Department of Justice:
DOJ: indictment details Huawei's efforts to steal trade secrets from T-Mobile and offer bonuses to staff who stole confidential information from other companies  —  Huawei Corporate Entities Conspired to Steal Trade Secret Technology and Offered Bonus to Workers who Stole Confidential Information from Companies Around the World
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
FaceTime bug lets a caller hear audio or view video from recipient's phone before call has been accepted or rejected; Apple says fix coming later this week  —  A significant bug has been discovered in FaceTime and is currently spreading virally over social media.
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Sources: Apple is planning a subscription service for games; it began discussions with game developers in the second half of 2018  —  Apple is planning a subscription service for games, according to five people familiar with the matter.  —  The service would function like Netflix for games …
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Sources: 2013 “Assembled in USA” Mac Pro was delayed due to custom screw shortage in US, illustrating why Apple is unlikely to move manufacturing out of China  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Despite a trade war between the United States and China and past admonishments from President Trump …
ProPublica:
Changes to Facebook's site break plugins created by ProPublica and others to track and report on exactly how Facebook users are being targeted by advertisers  —  Our tool had let the public see exactly how users were being targeted by advertisers.  The social media giant urged us to shut it down last year.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook shares draft proposal describing how its new content review board could work, suggesting it have 40 diverse members, none of whom are Facebook staff  —  In November, Facebook announced a new plan that would revamp how the company makes content policy decisions on its social network …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Internal docs and sources describe how Facebook educates moderators about political issues and potential “PR fires” that are particular to different elections  —  Internal Facebook documents obtained by Motherboard show specific steps and strategies taken by the company …
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Sandbox VR, which offers VR experiences at seven public locations like malls in US, Canada, and Asia, raises $68M Series A to expand to new locations  —  - Sandbox VR makes virtual-reality experiences combining off-the-shelf hardware, green screens, and custom content.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Dropbox is buying San Francisco-based electronic signature startup HelloSign for $230M, in the company's largest acquisition since its founding in 2007  —  Dropbox on Monday said it's acquiring electronic signature start-up HelloSign for $230 million in cash.
Meir Orbach / CTECH:
Samsung acquires Tel Aviv-based smartphone camera maker Corephotonics, which sued Apple for patent infringement of its dual aperture tech in 2017, for $155M  —  Calcalist first reported that Samsung was considering the acquisition earlier this month.  The companies signed the deal Sunday
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
GDPR complaint against Google and IAB by privacy advocates claims that ad category lists enable mass broadcasting of intimate personal data  —  Male impotence, substance abuse, right-wing politics, left-wing politics, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer, mental health.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Bluetooth 5.1, available to developers today, includes a feature that allows devices to determine the direction of a Bluetooth signal  —  Bluetooth is already a key feature in billions of connected devices, serving as a wire-free way of transferring data over short distances.
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
As “deepfake” videos become more common and convincing, the tech will give cover to those dismissing real events as fake; DARPA researches ways to detect fakes  —  When seeing is no longer believing Inside the Pentagon's race against deepfake videos Advances in artificial intelligence …

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