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January 14, 2020, 3:25 PM

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Microsoft pushes a fix for a critical flaw in a cryptographic component present in all versions of Windows; NSA says it alerted Microsoft to the bug  —  Sources tell KrebsOnSecurity that Microsoft Corp. is slated to release a software update on Tuesday to fix an extraordinarily serious security vulnerability …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google says it will phase out support for third-party cookies in Chrome within two years  —  The search giant's online ad business benefits from harvesting your personal data, but its browser team is pushing to make the web private by default.  —  Google's Chrome team, advancing its web privacy effort …
Thomas Germain / Consumer Reports:
New study shows how popular apps including Grindr, OkCupid, Tinder, and the period-tracking apps Clue and MyDays share intimate user data with data brokers  —  A new study shows how information about your sexuality, religion, and location is sent straight from phones to data brokers
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
In Q4, Gartner estimates global PC shipments grew 2.3% to 70.6M units; IDC estimates 4.8% growth to 71.8M units; both say Lenovo and HP lead PC shipment growth  —  After years of bad news, the PC market has a reason to celebrate before computer makers start shipping 5G and dual-screen devices.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Instagram says it is testing letting some users access DMs from its website  —  As Facebook increases its focus on messaging  —  Instagram is finally bringing direct messages to the web.  Starting today, a “small percentage” of the platform's global users will be able to access their DMs …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google acquires Dublin-based Pointy, a startup helping brick-and-mortar retailers track which products they have in stock, a source says for $163M  —  Google has been on a long-term mission to build inroads into the world of e-commerce by working more closely with brick-and-mortar retailers …
Scott Lucas / BuzzFeed:
After AG Barr called on Apple to unlock Pensacola shooter's iPhones, Apple releases statement rejecting backdoors but highlighting its help in the investigation  —  “We reject the characterization that Apple has not provided substantive assistance in the Pensacola investigation," the company said in a statement.
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
Visa is buying Plaid, which helps popular fintech apps connect to users' bank accounts, for $5.3B  —  - Visa is buying Plaid in a deal worth $5.3 billion — roughly double the start-up's last private valuation.  — Plaid's API software lets start-ups connect to users' bank accounts and works with Venmo …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon reinstates FedEx's ground delivery for Prime shipments, saying the shipper has consistently met its delivery requirements, after suspending it last month  —  - Amazon informed third-party sellers that they can resume using FedEx's ground-delivery shipping services.
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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Passwordless authentication platform Trusona raises $20M led by Georgian Partners, with participation from Microsoft's M12, Kleiner Perkins, Akamai, others  —  Trusona, a security and authentication platform that helps businesses verify logins without relying on passwords …

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