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Zac Bowden / Windows Central: Sources: Microsoft developing Home Hub software feature for Windows 10 to compete with Google Home and Amazon Echo  —  Microsoft's connected home ambitions with Home Hub lay far beyond just competing with Amazon and Google.  —  Rumors regarding a new Windows 10 feature called “Home Hub” …

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Diane Bartz / Reuters: Obama prohibits German semiconductor equipment maker Aixtron to sell its US based business to a Chinese investment fund, citing national security risks  —  President Barack Obama issued an executive order which prohibits China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund from acquiring the U.S. business …

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Android phone maker Blu pledges to replace Chinese software that stole user data  —  With Google-approved tools  —  Blu, the Florida-based maker of budget Android phones, says it's swapping out the Chinese update software that stole user data for Google-approved software, according to a report in PCMag.

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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld: Mozilla's 2015 revenue up 28% YoY to $421M in 2015, the first full year of Yahoo search deal  —  Nonprofit books $80M in ‘profit’ for 2015, has nearly $300M in the bank  —  Mozilla yesterday reported that revenue for 2015 was up 28% over the year before, the largest increase in three years.

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David Ruddock / Android Police: Steve Kondik leaves Cyanogen Inc., blames co-founder and CEO Kirt McMaster for company's troubles, ponders what's next for CyanogenMod  —  Steve Kondik has left a statement about the rather troubling news coming out of Cyanogen Inc. this week on the [private] official CyanogenMod developer Google+ community …

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg: Sources: key executive for Apple health initiatives, Yoky Matsuoka, has left the company after joining in May  —  Yoky Matsuoka joined Apple in May to help lead health projects  —  Previously co-founded Google X, ran technology at Nest Labs  —  Yoky Matsuoka, who joined Apple Inc …

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: FCC reaches preliminary conclusion that AT&T is violating net neutrality with DirecTV data cap exemption  —  Verizon also in trouble with FCC over charging competitors for zero-rating.  —  The Federal Communications Commission has reached a preliminary conclusion that AT&T …

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Alex Heath / Business Insider: Sources: Facebook is working on Collections, a feature to showcase lists of curated content from publishers directly in the News Feed  —  Facebook is working on a new feature that will showcase lists of curated content from publishers directly in the News Feed, according to two people familiar …

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Geoffrey Smith / Fortune: Airbnb will limit entire home rentals to 60 days a year in Amsterdam and 90 days in London, unless hosts have a license to rent for longer  —  Home-sharing firm Airbnb said it will for the first time impose fixed limits on the number of nights a year that hosts can rent out their homes through its site in Amsterdam and London.

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Amie Tsang / New York Times: Chinese selfie app-maker Meitu plans to raise up to $710M at up to $5.2B valuation via an IPO in Hong Kong  —  HONG KONG — For users of Meitu's signature app, a beautiful touch-up at the press of a button is free.  —  But Meitu is hoping that investors in the company, which wants to …

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Steve Dent / Engadget: Plex adds support for Google Drive, OneDrive, and DropBox to its paid Plex Cloud service while acknowledging problems with Amazon Cloud Drive integration  —  Plex has added support for Google Drive, OneDrive and DropBox to its Plex Cloud service.  The original idea with the service …

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Jim Dwyer / New York Times: A volunteer project by a group of libraries, End of Term Presidential Harvest 2016, is saving valuable pages on federal government sites at risk of vanishing  —  By noon on Thursday, Davis Erin Anderson had copied the addresses of a few dozen websites and online PDFs that listed signs of climate change by state and region.

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Hamza Shaban / BuzzFeed: Secure messaging app Signal's downloads increase 400% after Trump's win, amid anxiety over the future of US surveillance  —  “I think there's a lot of fear, given Trump's alarming statements about surveillance and his penchant for revenge, that he will attempt to use surveillance to crush dissent."

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Eduard Kovacs / SecurityWeek: Researchers bypass Apple's Activation Lock on iPhone and iPad running the latest version of iOS  —  Researchers have found a bug that can be used to bypass Apple's Activation Lock feature and gain access to the homescreen of locked iPhones and iPads running the latest version of iOS.

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Kim Zetter / The Intercept: Internet Archive was allowed to publish an NSL in redacted form, after it challenged the legality of FBI's request and gag order directly in a letter  —  A decade ago, the FBI sent Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, a now-infamous type of subpoena known as a National Security Letter …

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: AirDroid, a remote management app with 10M+ Play Store downloads, uses a static and easily detectable encryption key leaving users vulnerable to MITM attacks  —  For six months, the remote management app has opened users to code-execution attacks.  —  For at least the past six months …

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Cam Bunton / Pocket-lint: Samsung Gear S3 review: durable, great battery life, sharp display, but slow raise to wake response, still the best watch for Android users  —  Samsung has been in the wearable game longer most other tech companies.  From its original Galaxy Gear through to now with its latest Gear S3 …

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Connie Loizos / TechCrunch: Survey of 700+ startup founders: 31% don't intend to IPO, 67% now say VCs have more negotiating power  —  First Round Capital just published its second-ever State of Startups report, and it's chock full of interesting sentiments from a survey of more than 700 founders …

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Vauhini Vara / Bloomberg: Facebook tests ad targeting for people streaming certain shows on Roku and Apple TVs, linking FB profiles with IP addresses  —  The social media company is working with A&E and a streaming startup to tailor more conventional commercials for viewers.  —  by  —  Subscribe Reprints

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Khari Johnson / VentureBeat: Intel and Amazon plan to work together on smart home initiatives, to release reference design and SDK for Intel-based, Alexa-powered smart speaker in Q1 2017  —  Intel and Amazon plan to work together on a series of smart home initiatives in the near future, the companies announced today …

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Kristina Cooke / Reuters: Facebook developing AI to flag nudity, violence, and other content violating its policies in Facebook Live streams  —  Facebook Inc (FB.O) is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content …

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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica: Avalanche, a 7-year-old network used for malware and phishing attacks, dismantled in global cyber operation; officials sinkhole 800K domains, seize 50 servers  —  At one point, Avalanche network was responsible for two-thirds of all phishing attacks.  —  [Update, 3:00 PM EDT …

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Janko Roettgers / Variety: iHeartRadio debuts All Access on-demand music service powered by Napster for $9.99/month, iHeartRadio Plus commercial-free radio service for $4.99/month  —  iHeartRadio launched its on-demand music service in beta Thursday, promising paying users unlimited streaming access to full albums and millions of songs.

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: Twitter acquires Yes Inc., hires ex-Google product director and Yes CEO Keith Coleman as VP of product; Yes apps to be shut down over next few weeks  —  Twitter has acquired the app maker Yes in a move designed to encourage its users to get better acquainted with each other around events.

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Lenovo's Moto says it doesn't plan on releasing a new smartwatch in the near future  —  Don't expect a new Moto 360 any time soon  —  Moto today confirmed that it will not be releasing a new smartwatch for the launch of Android Wear 2.0, due early next year.

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