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February 1, 2019, 11:35 AM

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Apple apologizes for Group FaceTime bug, says it's now fixed and a software update will re-enable the feature next week, promises better bug reporting practices  —  - Apple apologizes for a massive FaceTime bug that let people eavesdrop on others, even if they never answered a FaceTime call.
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 …
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
400K+ items, making up about a third of Amazon's ~$6B in annual sales in India, may disappear from Amazon India, while it works to meet new compliance rules  —  NEW DELHI — On Friday, Indian consumers will wake up to an emptier, more expensive version of Amazon's shopping service.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twilio closes acquisition of email marketing platform SendGrid, says the all-stock deal is now valued at $3B, up from the $2B initially announced in October  —  Twilio's bid to become the go-to platform for all of a business's external communication needs took a big step ahead today.
Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Extensive review of Intel's Xeon W-3175X CPU, which has 28 cores and costs $2,999: compares favorably to higher-priced CPUs and is priced reasonably  —  Intel has always ensured that its high-end server platforms, one where multiple CPUs can act as a single system, have the highest core count processors.
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 …

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