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January 29, 2019, 3:40 AM

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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.
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
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.
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 …
Miranda Karanfili / Cointelegraph.com News:
BitTorrent completed its token sale on Tuesday on the Binance Launchpad platform, netting $7.1M in under 15 minutes with the sale of 50B tokens  —  The BitTorrent token (BTT) sale on the Binance Launchpad platform concluded today Jan. 28, netting $7.1 million dollars with the sale of 50 billion tokens in under 15 minutes.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …

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