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January 29, 2020, 6:35 PM

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Facebook:
Facebook reports Q4 revenue of $21.1B, up 25% YoY, and net income of $7.4B, up 7% YoY; DAUs rose 9% YoY to 1.66B, MAUs rose 8% YoY to 2.5B; stock drops 5%+  —  Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) today reported financial results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Q2: revenue of $36.9B, up 14% YoY, net income of $11.6B, up 38% YoY; Commercial Cloud revenue up 39% YoY to $12.5B; Office 365 Consumer subs hit 37.2M  —  Microsoft Commercial Strength Powers Second Quarter Results REDMOND, Wash. — January 29, 2020 — Microsoft Corp. today announced …
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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Kuo outlines Apple's H1 2020: 4.7" iPhone, “AirTags” trackers, smaller wireless charging mat, high-end headphones, and refreshed iPad Pro, MacBook Pro or Air  —  Apple plans to release several new products in the first half of 2020, including Ultra Wideband tags …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google says in 2019 its bug bounty program paid 461 security researchers $6.5M, up from $3.4M to 317 researchers in 2018  —  Google today announced it has paid out over $21 million since launching its bug bounty program in November 2010.  In the past year alone, the company distributed $6.5 million …
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Apple addresses Wuhan coronavirus concerns, offers wider than usual Q2 revenue estimates, says it closed one retail store in China, slightly delayed production  —  Apple has suppliers in the Wuhan area of China, and it has taken precautions like closing one store in China and reducing hours at other retail locations.
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Katy Stech Ferek / Wall Street Journal:
US Interior Department introduces a no-fly rule for Chinese drones or those made with Chinese parts, with some exceptions, amid espionage concerns  —  Order reflects concern that data collected ‘could be valuable to foreign entities’  —  WASHINGTON—Interior Department officials plan …
Ben Parker / The New Humanitarian:
Report: UN did not tell the public nor its general staff about a hacking attack into its IT systems from last July, despite staff records being compromised  —  About this investigation: … GENEVA  —  The UN did not publicly disclose a major hacking attack into its IT systems in Europe …
Bill Budington / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Ring app on Android covertly sends personally identifiable information of users to third parties including Facebook and MixPanel  —  Ring isn't just a product that allows users to surveil their neighbors.  The company also uses it to surveil its customers.
Shoshana Wodinsky / Gizmodo:
Facebook's Off-Facebook Activity tool won't actually clear the data collected about you from other apps and sites, only its connection to your Facebook account  —  When we talk about Facebook's myriad foibles and fuckups, we're usually laying the blame on things that happen within the Big Blue App …
Matina Stevis-Gridneff / New York Times:
Despite US pressure, the EU told member states they should limit “high risk” 5G vendors, like Huawei, but did not recommend a total ban  —  The bloc's experts suggested members limit and monitor the involvement of “high-risk” vendors as they invest in next-generation mobile communications infrastructure.
Babu Mohan / Android Central:
Samsung says the 5G version of its Galaxy Tab S6, which it claims is the world's first 5G tablet, is available now in South Korea for $850  —  It will only be sold in South Korea, at least initially.  —  What you need to know  — Samsung today unveiled a variant of the Galaxy Tab S6 with 5G connectivity.
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Investigation: in 2019, Trump's marketing campaign spent ~$20M on 218K+ Facebook ads targeting conservatives with marketing ploys designed to harvest user data  —  A Guardian investigation of 218,100 ads reveals how the campaign's sophisticated social media machine targets conservative voters

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