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January 31, 2019, 5:55 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Apple pulls Google's enterprise certificates, blocking its ability to distribute internal iOS apps, including test releases of Maps, Gmail, Hangouts, and others  —  Google joins Facebook in Apple's banning spree  —  Apple has now shut down Google's ability to distribute its internal iOS apps …
Casey Newton / The Interface:
Apple shutting down Facebook's internal iOS apps should serve as a reminder of the power Apple holds over the rest of us  —  At around 2:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Facebook sent me an update about the controversial market research program revealed on Tuesday by TechCrunch.
The Verge:
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 …
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.
Nick Summers / Engadget:
Nintendo reports Q3 profit of ~$1.5B, up 36% YoY, on revenue of $5.6B, up 26% YoY, sells 9.41M Switch consoles, but cuts its fiscal year target from 20M to 17M  —  Nintendo sold 9.41 million Switch consoles in the three months leading up to December 31st, 2018, bringing lifetime sales to 32.27 million.
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.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Hackers are distributing Collections #2-5, containing 2.2B unique usernames and associated passwords likely cobbled together from old breaches  —  WHEN HACKERS BREACHED companies like Dropbox and LinkedIn in recent years—stealing 71 and 117 million passwords, respectively …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
IDC: 375.4M smartphones shipped in Q4 2018, down 4.9% YoY, closing out worst year; Apple shipped estimated 68.4M iPhones, down 11.5% YoY; Samsung was top vendor  —  The smartphone market isn't looking too hot.  In a report published today, research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sources: on-demand storage service Clutter is raising between $200M and $250M in a round led by SoftBank  —  Marie Kondo's rise as a cultural icon shows there's big business to be had in sorting out a mess.  And startups are also hoping to get in on the action.
More: Bloomberg
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.
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 …
Mark Zuckerberg:
Zuckerberg shares Facebook's 2019 priorities: progress on the social issues facing it, building new experiences, supporting businesses, and more transparency  —  We just released our community update and quarterly results.  —  We've fundamentally changed how we run our company to focus …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:

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