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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg: Munchery CEO James Beriker says company's co-founders Tri Tran and Conrad Chu will leave at end of the month; sources say company to cut about 30 employees  —  The reductions affected chefs, photographers, and the business side  —  Food delivery startup Munchery cut about 30 employees this week.

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Horace Dediu / Asymco: iOS devices and services will have generated Apple over $1T in revenue between 2007 and the end of 2017, with developer payments currently at $20B+ per year  —  In its first 10 years, the iPhone will have sold at least 1.2 billion units,[1] making it the most successful product of all time.

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: US Department of Transportation forms new committee focusing on automation, including self-driving cars and drones; members include GM CEO, Uber and Lyft execs  —  The U.S. regulatory agency overseeing transportation of all kinds at the federal level has announced a new official federal committee …

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Mike Masnick / Techdirt: Techdirt's existence is threatened by costs of fighting $15M libel suit brought by Shiva Ayyadurai, represented by Charles Harder, who won against Gawker  —  As you may have heard, last week we were sued for $15 million by Shiva Ayyadurai, who claims to have invented email.

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Jessi Hempel / Backchannel: How BitTorrent has failed to find a successful business model despite its widely used protocol and has pursued a costly, fruitless path under new leadership  —  How a group of valley outsiders blew through the company's cash and nearly left it for dead.  —  Last April, a pair …

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Brian Heater / TechCrunch: JetBlue completes its rollout of Fly-Fi, with free high-speed Wi-Fi on all planes  —  JetBlue today announced that it has officially completed its fleet-wide rollout of Fly-Fi, bringing free wireless internet to all of its planes.  The carrier first introduced the service in late 2013 …

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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google: Alphabet's Titan high-altitude drone program has been shut down after being rolled into X in late 2015; 50+ employees disperse to other units  —  In 2014, Google bought Titan Aerospace, maker of high altitude, solar-powered drone aircraft.  At the time Google noted, “It's still early days …

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: Four months after the recall, Samsung says over 96% of Galaxy Note7 devices have been returned  —  Samsung said today that over 96 percent of all Galaxy Note7 phones have been returned following a recall that started in September.  —  First introduced in August, the latest Note7 smartphone …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google adds beta encryption key management service to its Cloud Platform in select countries  —  Google is launching a new key management service for its Cloud Platform today that will help enterprises — especially in regulated industries like healthcare and banking — to create, use …

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Emma Hinchliffe / Mashable: Apple and security firm Tresorit partner to offer opt-in end-to-end encryption, enhanced user authorization, more for CareKit framework  —  Apple's health apps now have a higher-tech security option.  —  The security firm Tresorit came out Tuesday with a tool to offer increased privacy options …

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire: Report: VCs invested $69B in 7,350 companies in 2016, down from 11-year peak of $79B in 2015; median exit size was $84.5M, the highest in a decade  —  Venture capital investment activity dipped last year from a record 2015, but returned to normal activity in 2016 and marked the second-highest total in the past 11 years.

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: Twitter says it will shutdown its iOS and desktop account management Dashboard app on February 3  —  In June, Twitter launched Dashboard, a dedicated app brands can use to manage their various accounts, but seven months later, that's all about to change.  Today, the company announced …

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Rachel Stern / Christian Science Monitor: German politicians weigh new measures to combat misinformation online, asking political parties to disable bots and considering Facebook fines  —  In May 2015, hackers infected some 20,000 computers in Germany's parliament with malicious software designed to steal sensitive data.

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Fidji Simo / Facebook Media: Facebook launches the Facebook Journalism Project to collaborate on news products, offer training and tools for jounalists, and curb fake news  —  Facebook is a new kind of platform and we want to do our part to enable people to have meaningful conversations, to be informed and to be connected to each other.

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Mathew Ingram / Fortune: Instagram will put full-screen, auto-playing, skippable ads in its Stories feature, which now has 150M daily active users five months after launch  —  If you're one of the millions of Instagram users who likes the service's recently added “Stories” sharing feature, get ready …

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Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times: Bankers advising SoftBank say over three-fourths of $100B fund will be invested in larger firms; ex-Deutsche Bank staff to help lead fund, launching this month  —  Many business titans have made the trek to Trump Tower for a private audience with Donald J. Trump since he was elected president …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: iZettle raises $63M more at a $500M valuation to expand from mobile payments  —  The world of mobile payments continues to consolidate and mature, and today one of the leading players among European mobile payments startups has raised a significant round of money to help keep itself on top. iZettle …

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Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian: Chrome, Safari, Opera and extensions such as LastPass can be tricked into leaking private information using hidden text boxes, developer finds  —  Chrome, Safari, Opera and extensions such as LastPass can be tricked into leaking private information using hidden text boxes, developer finds

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Tom Jackman / Washington Post: Court documents: FBI paid eight sources at Geek Squad when they found evidence of child pornography on computers sent in for repair  —  At a giant Best Buy repair shop in Brooks, Ky., Geek Squad technicians work on computers owned by people across the country, delving into them to retrieve lost data.

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Nathaniel Popper / New York Times: Wall Street clearinghouse DTCC to use Bitcoin-inspired distributed ledger tech to facilitate transactions beginning early next year, led by IBM  —  After months of talk and hype, the world's biggest banks have taken the first steps toward moving a significant piece of financial infrastructure onto …

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: Verizon says customers with unlimited data plans using 200GB+/month must switch to limited plans or be disconnected  —  Heaviest unlimited data users must switch to limited plans or be disconnected.  —  Verizon Wireless customers with unlimited data plans who use more than 200GB a month …

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire: Spare5 relaunches as Mighty AI to fine-tune AI through human input, announces $14M raise led by Intel Capital with participation from Accenture and GV  —  On the surface, artificial intelligence is sexy.  The technology, which has become one of the hottest trends, helps turn products …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Greenpeace clean energy report: Apple, Facebook, Google top list, all scoring “A"s; Baidu and Tencent trail pack with “F"s  —  Apple has earned the title of greenest tech company in the world for the third year in a row, according to a new report from environmental organization Greenpeace.

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Salvador Rodriguez / Inc.com: Ellen Pao will be joining Kapor Capital as a senior member of the firm's investment team  —  Her previous stint as a VC ended in 2012 when she sued her employer, Kleiner Perkins, for gender discrimination.  —  WRITE A COMMENT  —  Ellen Pao, the technology investor who made headlines …

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Tesla: Chris Lattner joins Tesla as VP of Autopilot software  —  We would like to welcome Chris Lattner, who will join Tesla as our Vice President of Autopilot Software.  Chris' reputation for engineering excellence is well known.  He comes to Tesla after 11 years at Apple where he was primarily responsible …

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