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Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review: Researchers at Google, OpenAI, MIT, and other organizations say they are making progress on automating the development of AI software using AI software  —  Progress in artificial intelligence causes some people to worry that software will take jobs such as driving trucks away from humans.

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Logan Booker / Gizmodo Australia: ASUS launches $73 Tinker Board, a Raspberry Pi competitor with 4K video, gigabit Ethernet, quad-core processor, and more, available in Europe and UK  —  It doesn't matter if you want a computer the size of a card, a thumb drive or dice box — there's a manufacturer out there that has you covered.

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Zeynep Tufekci / technosociology: Open letter signed by 70 security experts calls for Guardian to retract story about alleged WhatsApp backdoor vulnerability  —  You recently published a story with the alarming headline “WhatsApp backdoor allows snooping on encrypted messages.”  This story included the phrasing “security loophole”.

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Rhett Jones / Gizmodo: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologizes for errors migrating @POTUS followers, says the issues, which affected about 560K people, have been fixed  —  People are a bit on edge at the moment when it comes to being forced to do things by now-President Donald Trump.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Rocket Internet Capital Partners fund, operational since early 2016, says it reached $1B fundraising target; Rocket Internet committed $140M to the fund  —  If you thought the problems Rocket Internet has had bringing its portfolio of startups and its business overall into the black …

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Jan Willem Aldershoff / Myce.com: Microsoft shows popup in Windows 10 to advertise its shopping extension to Chrome users  —  Microsoft has started to advertise it's Personal Shopping Assistant (PSA) extension for Chrome to Windows 10 users.  Users of Microsoft's latest operating system now receive a small notification above …

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Qualcomm: Qualcomm comments on Apple complaint, says “Apple has been actively encouraging regulatory attacks” on Qualcomm in various jurisdictions around the world  —  “While we are still in the process of reviewing the complaint in detail, it is quite clear that Apple's claims are baseless.

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Corbin Davenport / Android Police: Weekly builds of CyanogenMod fork Lineage OS, supporting 80+ Android 6 and 7 devices, begin this weekend; Lineage OS to offer CyanogenMod data migration tools  —  CyanogenMod has long been the most popular custom ROM, covering a wide array of devices from numerous manufacturers.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: A glitch autofollowed some users to @POTUS after transition, even if they previously blocked/unfollowed/never followed the account before; Twitter investigates  —  A number of Twitter users tonight are claiming their accounts have somehow automatically followed the Twitter accounts, @POTUS …

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Kim Zetter / The Intercept: Lavabit, which shut down in 2013 to avoid compliance with court order connected to Snowden investigation, relaunches with features to thwart surveillance  —  In 2013, Ladar Levison, founder of the encrypted email service Lavabit, took the defiant step of shutting down the company's service rather …

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TechCrunch: Drone delivery startup Flirtey raises $16M Series A round led by Menlo Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, with Lowercase Capital, Y Combinator and more participating  —  Jan 18, 2017, 10:40 amJan 18, 2017, 11:19 am  —  Drone delivery startup Flirtey has raised $16 million in Series A funding …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Twitter launches archive of Vine videos containing all posts from 2013 through 2017, with a creator spotlight section and Vines grouped by genre and year  —  Twitter just can't seem to let go of Vine.  The company announced last fall it would close the video-sharing community site …

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Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC: Apple sues Qualcomm for ~$1B, says Qualcomm has been “charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with”  —  Apple is suing Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion, saying Qualcomm has been “charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with.”

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Paul Resnikoff / Digital Music News: Norwegian newspaper: Tidal publicly claimed 3M members in March 2016, but paid music labels for just 850K subscribers a month later  —  How many subscribers does TIDAL really have?  A new study is now accusing the Jay Z-owned service of completely fabricating their numbers.  And not by a little bit.

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Todd Spangler / Variety: SEC filing: AT&T gained 200K+ paying video subscribers in Q4, “entirely driven by DirecTV Now”; DirecTV Now launched on November 30  —  Telco also discloses $1 billion charge in quarter related to pension and postemployment benefit plans  —  AT&T added more than 200,000 …

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Uber hires former Google search chief Amit Singhal as SVP of Engineering  —  Uber's latest hire has a storied and accomplished history in Silicon Valley - Amit Singhal, former Senior Vice President of Search and employee number 176 at Google, has joined the ride-hailing company as SVP of Engineering.

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Politico: Sources: President Trump will tap sitting GOP FCC commissioner Ajit Pai, a fierce critic of net neutrality, to lead the agency  —  President Donald Trump will tap Ajit Pai to lead the FCC in the new administration, elevating the sitting GOP commissioner to the top spot overseeing …

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Maya Kosoff / Vanity Fair: Mark Zuckerberg's philanthropy and professionally photographed travels suggest the 32-year-old billionaire may harbor political aspirations  —  He visited Texas, shook some hands, talked to some kids, and, quite literally, got down in the dirt.  Don't read too much into it.

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Jason Del Rey / Recode: Amazon just launched virtual ‘Dash’ buttons for one-click buying from the homepage  —  Just let me live in the warehouse already.  —  Another day, another attempt by Amazon to make buying something as easy as humanly possible.  —  The e-commerce leader just unveiled digital versions of its Dash buttons …

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Luke Stangel / Silicon Valley Business Journal: Airfare prediction startup Flyr raises $8M Series A, led by Peter Thiel with participation from existing investors  —  Flyr, a startup whose software predicts the ups and downs of air fares, picked up an $8 million round of funding this week.  —  The San Francisco company's round was led by Peter Thiel …

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Hudson Hongo / Gizmodo: Donald Trump reportedly trades in his Android phone, believed to be his primary tweeting device, for a Secret Service-approved device  —  While rising to our nation's highest office is an unparalleled honor, becoming President also involves many personal sacrifices.

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Kate Conger / TechCrunch: Security and privacy experts raise questions about viral selfie app Meitu's app permissions like GPS, call and carrier info, more that are unrelated to core use  —  You've probably seen a Meitu selfie in your Instagram or Facebook feed in the past 24 hours.

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James Vincent / The Verge: WSJ sources: Samsung investigation finds Galaxy Note7 fires were caused by irregularly sized batteries that didn't properly fit the phone, manufacturing issues  —  Samsung's official investigation into the cause of widespread faults with the Galaxy Note 7 will blame “irregularly sized” …

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Wall Street Journal: Sources: Samsung investigation finds Galaxy Note7 fires were caused by irregularly sized batteries that didn't properly fit the phone and manufacturing issues  —  An investigation into the cause of faulty batteries that led Samsung Electronics to pull all of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones …

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Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed: How WhatsApp's intimacy and immediacy have greatly increased the spread of misinformation in India, its largest market  —  At 8 PM on November 8, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi unexpectedly banned 86% of the country's legal tender from circulation.  The goal was to wipe out “black money” …

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