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January 30, 2019, 6:10 PM

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The Verge:
Apple shuts down Facebook's ability to distribute internal iOS apps, blocking staff transportation app and early releases of Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger  —  Facebook's internal iOS apps simply don't launch anymore  —  Apple has shut down Facebook's ability to distribute internal iOS apps …
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Memo: Facebook confirms Apple disabled access to internal iOS apps and says it's “working closely” to reinstate “our most critical internal apps immediately”  —  - Facebook employees are furious after Apple temporarily crippled the company by revoking its developer certificate.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Apple says it revoked Facebook's Enterprise Certificate yesterday used to distribute the Research app outside of App Store, before Facebook could shut it down  —  In the wake of TechCrunch's investigation yesterday, Apple blocked Facebook's Research VPN app before the social network could voluntarily shut it down.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple tests USB-C iPhones and iOS dark mode for 2019, plans updated 10" iPad this spring, laser-based 3D cameras to aid AR on iPhones as soon as 2020  —  - Company is testing a triple camera system for 2019 phones  — New low-end iPads and an updated iPhone XR also in the works
Microsoft:
Microsoft Q2: revenue of $32.5B, up 12% YoY; Productivity and Business Processes revenue of $10.1B, up 13% YoY; Intelligent Cloud revenue of $9.4B, up 20% YoY  —  Microsoft Cloud Strength Fuels Second Quarter Results  —  REDMOND, Wash. — January 30, 2019 — Microsoft Corp. today announced …
Reuters:
Sources: UAE hacked iPhones of activists, diplomats, and rival foreign leaders using a spying tool called Karma, which exploited an iMessage vulnerability  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A team of former U.S. government intelligence operatives working for the United Arab Emirates hacked …
Facebook:
Facebook reports Q4 net income of $6.9B, up 61% YoY, revenue of $16.9B, up 30% YoY, DAUs of 1.52B, up 9% YoY, and headcount of 35,587, up 42% YoY; stock up 4%+  —  Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) today reported financial results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018.
TechCrunch:
Google disables its Screenwise Meter app on iOS, which coaxed users into sharing info in a manner similar to Facebook's Research app but with better disclosure  —  It looks like Facebook is not the only one abusing Apple's system for distributing employee-only apps to sidestep the App Store and collect extensive data on users.
Tom Bissell / New York Times:
Zucked, a book by early Facebook investor Roger McNamee, depicts Facebook's damage to society, the dystopia it created, and advocates breaking up its monopoly  —  ZUCKED  —  Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe  —  The dystopia George Orwell conjured up in “1984” wasn't a prediction.
Apple:
Apple Music subscribers can stream music without paying for Wi-Fi on domestic American Airlines flights in the US starting February 1  —  Apple Music Subscribers can Stream Over 50 Million Songs, Playlists and Music Videos on US Flights  —  Starting Friday, Apple Music subscribers can enjoy …
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
An attempt to work out how many fake accounts are on Facebook, as the company ramps up efforts to remove them and provides confusing estimates  —  The social network has disclosed an estimate for years, but a closer look raises lots of questions.  —  Facebook sells advertisers on its access …

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