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January 14, 2020, 11:45 AM

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Sources: Microsoft to push 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google says it will phase out support for third-party cookies in Chrome within two years  —  Google's Chrome team, advancing its web privacy effort, later this year will begin testing the “privacy sandbox” proposals it unveiled in 2019.  The Chrome tests, which Google announced Tuesday …
Christopher Dring / GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony Interactive Entertainment says it won't participate in E3 again this year, will instead attend “hundreds of consumer events” globally ahead of PS5 launch  —  The company will instead attend ‘hundreds of consumer events across the globe’  —  PlayStation will miss E3 for a second year in a row.
Shona Ghosh / Business Insider:
Google says it's acquiring Pointy, an Irish startup that helps people find out what their local stores have in stock  —  - Google is acquiring Pointy, an Irish startup that helps people find out what their local stores have in physical stock.  — Pointy has created a small …
New York Times:
Security experts say Russia's GRU phished login credentials, accessed servers for Burisma, a gas company on whose board Hunter Biden served, starting Nov. 2019  —  With President Trump facing an impeachment trial over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
A look at tech catering to the needs of the elderly showcased at CES; US citizens over 50 are projected to spend $84B on tech products over the next decade  —  At CES 2020, tech's biggest trade show, it was heartening to see that the tech industry is paying attention to the needs of the elderly …
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