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February 1, 2019, 12:10 AM

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Facebook says Apple has restored its access to enterprise certificates, bringing internal apps back online  —  Update: In a leaked memo obtained by Business Insider, Facebook continues to defend its Research app, as well as its decision to distribute it via enterprise certificates.  Read the details below.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Apple restores Google's internal iOS apps after certificate misuse punishment  —  Apple has blocked Google from distributing its internal-only iOS apps on its corporate network after a TechCrunch investigation found the search giant abusing the certificates.
Shannon Palus / Slate:
Some Reddit users who installed the Facebook Research VPN say they knew of its extensive data collection, but had little expectation of privacy to begin with  —  What the going rate for the hyper-invasive program tells us about the evolving understanding of our personal data's value.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
A breakdown of Facebook's internal memo detailing distribution and onboarding for its Research app, and defending its data collection methods and disclosures  —  Early this morning, we received agreement from Apple to issue a new enterprise certificate; this has allowed us to produce new builds …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Inside Facebook, which was seriously disrupted by its dispute with Apple over enterprise certificates, employee anger flares at the Onavo team responsible  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Facebook employees woke up on Wednesday morning, many found they could not perform even the most basic work tasks.
Casey Newton / The Interface:
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Twitter says it removed thousands of malicious accounts that originated in Iran, Russia, and Venezuela for spreading disinformation about the 2018 midterms  —  Twitter revealed Thursday that it had removed thousands of malicious accounts thought to have originated in Iran …
Facebook:
Facebook says it removed 262 Pages, 356 accounts, three groups, and 162 Instagram accounts tied to Iran for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior  —  Today we removed multiple Pages, groups and accounts that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram.
Amazon.com, Inc.:
Amazon reports Q4 revenue of $72.4B, up 20% YoY, AWS revenue of $7.43B, up 45% YoY, and net income of $3.0B, up 58% YoY  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018.  —  Operating cash flow increased 67% to $30.7 billion …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Kleiner Perkins says it has raised a $600M fund, its first since the departure of Mary Meeker, focusing on seed, Series A, and Series B financings  —  “KP used to be a small team doing hands-on company building.  We're moving away from being this institution with multiple products …
CNBC:
Intel promotes Robert Swan from interim to permanent CEO, its seventh in 50 years, following the ouster of Brian Krzanich in June 2018  —  - Analysts and media outlets speculated early on about several possible candidates, including two female executives who had left Intel in the relatively recent past.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
IDC: 375.4M smartphones shipped in Q4 2018, down 4.9% YoY; Apple shipped an estimated 68.4M iPhones, down 11.5% YoY; Samsung was top vendor with 70.4M shipments  —  The smartphone market isn't looking too hot.  In a report published today, research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
UK's Metro Bank confirms it has faced an SS7 attack intercepting 2FA codes; a telecom lobbying group previously told Congress such an attack is “theoretical”  —  Motherboard has identified a specific UK bank that has fallen victim to so-called SS7 attacks, and sources say the issue is wider than previously reported.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Ultraviolet, the cloud movie locker that launched in 2011 with support from major Hollywood studios, is shutting down on July 31  —  Ultraviolet, a cloud movie locker once hailed as Hollywood's best bet to get consumers hooked on digital movies, is shuttering.

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