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February 11, 2020, 8:10 AM

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New York Times:
Sources: the T-Mobile-Sprint merger trial judge is expected to rule in favor of the merger, and the decision will be revealed Tuesday; Sprint stock up over 60%  —  A last-ditch attempt by a coalition of state attorneys general is said to have failed to halt T-Mobile's purchase of a smaller rival.
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Sources: the CIA secretly owned the leading supplier of encryption systems worldwide and could easily read allies' and adversaries' communications for decades  —  For more than half a century, governments all over the world trusted a single company to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret.
Eric Geller / Politico:
US DOJ charges four Chinese intelligence officers with hacking Equifax; the breach was disclosed in 2017 and exposed financial records of 150M Americans  —  Federal prosecutors announced charges Monday against four Chinese intelligence officers for hacking the credit-reporting giant Equifax …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Sources detail how popular email apps like Edison, Slice, and Cleanfox scrape users' inboxes, using harvested data to power market research products  —  The popular Edison email app, which is in the top 100 productivity apps on the Apple app store, scrapes users' email inboxes …
Danielle Abril / Fortune:
Google's HR head, Eileen Naughton, to step down from her role amid rising employee anger over Google's handling of sexual harassment claims and staff protests  —  Google's head of human resources, Eileen Naughton, will step down later this year amid rising tensions between the company's top executives and rank and file employees.
Biz Carson / Protocol:
Direct-to-consumer retailer Brandless shuts down, becoming the first company backed by SoftBank's Vision Fund to do so  —  Today direct-to-consumer retailer Brandless becomes the first SoftBank Vision Fund-backed startup to close down, as it stops taking orders and halts all business operations.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
MWC bans visitors from China's Hubei province and will require those who have been to China prove they were outside the country for 14 days before the event  —  A couple of weeks out, Mobile World Congress organizer, the GSMA, has issued some fairly sweeping safeguards over growing concerns around the coronavirus.
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Lukasz Olejnik / Wired:
India's proposed data protection bill, which intends to ban re-identification of user data without consent, could criminalize the work of security researchers  —  The proposed ban on re-identification discourages researchers from investigating security weaknesses—and encourages criminals to exploit them.

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