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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Kaspersky Lab says it's found an Android spying app, likely by Italian vendors, that relies on five exploits to gain root access and can steal WhatsApp messages  —  Skygofree is among the most powerful spy platforms ever created for Android.  —  Last year, researchers found …

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Bloomberg: China Labor Watch report finds some workers at Catcher iPhone plant worked around noxious chemicals when safety equipment was not present; Apple, Catcher deny  —  Rights group alleges 14 violations of Apple supplier standards  —  Apple says it investigated claims, found no standards breached

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Costas Pitas / Reuters: Uber says UK drivers will be compelled to take a six hour break after 10 hours of driving, following criticism over excessive working hours  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] said on Tuesday its British drivers will have to take a six-hour break after they have accepted and made trips …

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Olivia Zaleski / Bloomberg: Instacart acquires Toronto-based coupon and voice-shopping startup Unata; sources: the deal totals about $65M  —  Unata makes voice-ordering software for grocery chains  —  Deal will help Instacart expand to more markets in Canada  —  Instacart Inc. said it agreed to acquire Toronto-based …

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Diane Bartz / Reuters: Sources: US lawmakers urging AT&T to cut commercial ties with Huawei and oppose China Mobile's plans to enter the US, because of national security concerns  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers are urging AT&T Inc, the No. 2 wireless carrier, to cut commercial ties …

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Steven Sinofsky / Learning By Shipping: CES 2018 notes: massive investment in voice control across all platforms and gadgets, steady progress in “home of the future” tech, evolution of wireless, more  —  Suggested reading: Read the intro then scan through looking for pictures that are in your area of interest.

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Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE: Collaboration software provider Smartsheet acquires UK-based AI startup Converse.AI that enables its customers to build chatbots to automate business processes  —  Collaboration software provider Smartsheet Inc. today said it's acquiring a British artificial intelligence firm called Converse.AI Inc …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Google and Coursera launch program to train more IT support professionals, written by Googlers and subsidized by Google, available globally for $49/month  —  After a big fundraise and subsequent reorganization last year at Coursera — which saw a change of CEO, as well as the departure of its COO …

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James Yan / Counterpoint Research: Apple's iPhone 7 Plus was the second-best selling phone in China last year, behind the OPPO R9s, with iPhone 7 in fifth-place, according to market data report  —  The competition in China 2017, the biggest smartphone market around the globe in terms of sales volume, has become increasingly fierce …

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Saqib Shah / Engadget: Contraceptive app Natural Cycles, used by over 500K women, reported to regulator by Swedish hospital after reportedly causing 37 unwanted pregnancies  —  A contraceptive app used by more than 500,000 women has come under fire after reportedly causing 37 unwanted pregnancies.

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Cade Metz / New York Times: VCs invested $1.5B+ in chip startups last year, nearly doubling investments made two years ago, on rising demands of AI computing and acquisitions in the space  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For years, tech industry financiers showed little interest in start-up companies that made computer chips.

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Ben Treynor Sloss / The Keyword: Google plans to build three new submarine fiber optic cables and add five new cloud regions in Montreal, Netherlands, Los Angeles, Finland, and Hong Kong  —  At Google, we've spent $30 billion improving our infrastructure over three years, and we're not done yet.

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet: IBM and Maersk form joint venture to launch a blockchain-based platform for the global supply chain, will create a new company to commercialize it  —  IBM and Maersk have been collaborating on creating a blockchain platform for the global supply chain.  Now the duo will create a new company to commercialize the platform broadly.

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Rose Eveleth / Topic: The effectiveness of VR as an empathy machine leaves room for debate and in some cases may even cause harm, based on psychological research  —  Thanks to recent efforts in the virtual reality space, audiences can get up close and personal to folks living very different, and difficult, lives.

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Abner Li / 9to5Google: Google denies Nikkei report about the relaunch of its China-specific map service and iOS app, says a web version has been available in the country “for years”  —  According to a Google spokesperson, the company has not made any announcements or changes to Maps for China.

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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed: Twitter again disputes claims from a Project Veritas undercover video aimed at the company, saying “We do not proactively review DMs. Period.”  —  “We do not proactively review DMs.  Period.”  —  On Monday, conservative activist and filmmaker James O'Keefe published undercover footage …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Indian payment startup Razorpay raises $20M Series B led by Tiger Global at what sources say is a valuation of $100M  —  E-commerce remains among the biggest tech opportunities in India, one of the world's most populated countries whose economy continues to rapidly evolve and now has over 500 million people connecting to the Internet.

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Richard Chirgwin / The Register: Google Cast protocol bug causing temporary Wi-Fi outages on many routers; some router vendors are releasing firmware fixes, Google says fix is coming  —  Router vendors sling firmware to protect users from packet floods  —  Wi-Fi router vendors have started issuing patches to defend their products against Google Chromecast devices.

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Reuters: BlackBerry announces Jarvis, a tool for automakers that scans connected car software for security flaws; may be used later in healthcare, industrial automation  —  (Reuters) - Canadian software maker BlackBerry Ltd on Monday launched a new cybersecurity software, which identifies vulnerabilities in programs used in self-driving cars.

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Sherisse Pham / CNNMoney: Alibaba and Microsoft's AI programs beat humans for the first time on a Stanford University reading comprehension test  —  Jack Ma: 'We shouldn't fear AI'  —  The robots are coming, and they can read.  —  Artificial intelligence programs built by Alibaba (BABA) and Microsoft (MSFT) …

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Frederic Filloux / Monday Note: Facebook exits from news after killing notions of the brand, authorship, business model; publishers should focus on products that directly impact their company  —  For Facebook, journalism has been a pain in the neck from day one.  Now, bogged down with the insoluble problems of fake news and bad PR …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Telegram plans to raise $1.2B in its ICO, starting with a $600M pre-sale, and to rival Ethereum with its Telegram Open Network platform, company documents show  —  We have even more information about messaging app Telegram's plans for cashing in on its popularity within the crypto community …

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Danny Crichton / TechCrunch: Autonomous vehicle startup Pony.ai, founded in late 2016, raises $112M Series A led by China-focused VC funds Morningside Venture Capital and Legend Capital  —  No that's not a typo.  Yes, that is larger than the median IPO fundraise last year.  But few problems are as daunting as trying …

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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge: Apple's CarPlay is finally coming to select new Toyota and Lexus vehicles, as the automaker eases its stance on exclusively using its own infotainment systems  —  But there's still no sign of Android Auto  —  Toyota's new 2019 Avalon was just announced at the 2018 North American International Auto Show …

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Todd Spangler / Variety: TiVo's Rovi subsidiary files lawsuit alleging Comcast's X1 platform infringes eight patents; Comcast says its own engineers created the X1 products and services  —  TiVo has launched a new legal attack on Comcast aimed a pushing the cable giant to reach a settlement to license TiVo-owned patents.

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