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January 14, 2020, 5:00 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 …
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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.
Max Weinbach / XDA Developers:
Source: hands-on with a leaked Samsung Galaxy S20+ shows it has a 120Hz 3200 x 1440 display, ultrasonic under-display fingerprint scanner, and no headphone jack  —  The Samsung Galaxy S20 series is Samsung's next mainstream flagship series, and all eyes are set on the top Android OEM for its biggest guns yet.
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 …
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 …
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.
Margaret Harding McGill / Axios:
Tech companies, from IBM and Microsoft to Etsy and Reddit, file amicus briefs in support of Google ahead of its Supreme Court battle with Oracle  —  A wide array of tech companies are siding with Google in its copyright battle against Oracle — a rival to some of the companies — in filings with the Supreme Court Monday.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
US data center giant Equinix announces it is acquiring bare metal cloud provider Packet, a NYC startup that has raised over $36M  —  Equinix announced today that is acquiring bare metal cloud provider Packet.  The New York City startup that had raised over $36 million on a $100 million valuation, according to Pitchbook data.

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