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Nate Raymond / Reuters: Coin.mx bitcoin exchange operator pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and operate unlicensed money transmitting firm, in case tied to JPMorgan hack  —  A Florida man pleaded guilty on Monday to charges that he conspired to operate an illegal bitcoin exchange …

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TechCrunch: Sources: Amazon's AWS cloud division quietly acquires AI security startup harvest.ai for around $20M  —  Natasha Lomas, Ingrid Lunden and Ron Miller  —  Jan 9, 2017, 9:34 amJan 9, 2017, 9:34 am  —  Amazon Web Services appears to be ramping up its security chops.

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Tova Cohen / Reuters: Microsoft and Qualcomm invest in Israeli cybersecurity firm Team8, bringing its total raised to $92M+, other investors include Cisco, AT&T, and Nokia  —  The venture arms of Microsoft (MSFT.O) and Qualcomm (QCOM.O) have invested in Team8, an Israeli creator of cybersecurity start-ups …

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Steven Levy / Backchannel: Phil Schiller reflects on iPhone's launch, the debate around opening it up with the App Store, the importance of iPod in reaching non-Apple customers, more  —  A reporter there for the creation gets Apple's exclusive take on the “Jesus Phone"'s 10th birthday.  —  Why do a phone?

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Bob Bryan / Business Insider: Alibaba's Jack Ma meets with Trump, talks about US/China relations and having US products sold on the platform, as Alibaba tweets pledge to create 1M US jobs  —  Jack Ma, the founder and chairman of Alibaba Group, met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Monday.

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Wall Street Journal: Tencent's WeChat unveils Mini Program, an app platform for the chat app, deflects comparisons to an app store, saying there's no centralized app repository  —  China's WeChat saluted Apple on the iPhone's 10th anniversary—just as it unveiled a new app platform that could challenge Apple in the decade to come.

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Tas Bindi / ZDNet: Baidu and state-owned BAIC Motor Corp form strategic partnership, say their self-driving cars will hit roads in limited trials by end of 2017, more  —  Baidu and BAIC have formed a strategic partnership that will see the companies collaborating on the advancement of autonomous vehicles in China.

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Peter Kafka / Recode: Sources: Facebook to start testing mid-roll video ad format, share 55% of the revenue with video publishers, same as YouTube  —  Mark Zuckerberg has been building a video empire.  Time to turn it into a business.  —  Facebook wants to show more ads to people who watch its videos …

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Bérénice Magistretti / VentureBeat: Fugue raises $41M Series D led by NEA to expand its cloud infrastructure management software beyond AWS  —  Cloud infrastructure startup Fugue (formerly known as Luminal), announced today a funding round of $41 million.  —  Founded in 2013, Fugue offers a software product that builds, operates, and maintains cloud infrastructure.

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Alex Konrad / Forbes: Atlassian acquires popular team productivity app Trello for $425M, with $360M in cash and remainder in stock, in its largest acquisition to date  —  Australian software maker Atlassian has taken one of the leading independent players in collaboration software off the board as it looks …

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Eileen Yu / ZDNet: Alibaba files first lawsuit over counterfeit goods sold on its Taobao marketplace in China  —  The Chinese e-commerce giant says its has sued two vendors for selling fake Swarovski watches on its Taobao marketplace, marking the first time it is taking legal action against counterfeit sale.

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Michael Brown / TechHive: Linksys Velop Wi-Fi mesh router review: performs better than Google Wifi, worse than Eero when used with 1 or 2 nodes, has strong feature set but is expensive  —  Velop Whole Home Wi-Fi  —  TECHHIVE RATING  —  Linksys bid its time before jumping into the consumer mesh Wi-Fi router market …

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Christopher Zara / Backchannel: How the “safe harbor” provision of the 1996 Telecommunications Act allowed the modern internet to flourish, and why it's under attack  —  How “safe harbor” turned into a protector of privilege.  —  For Airbnb, suing American cities had become something of a monthly ritual.

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Steve Ragan / CSO: E-sports community ESEA hacked, as 1.5M records, including users' names, phone numbers, and PSN/Xbox/Steam IDs, leak after alleged attempt to extort $50K failed  —  More than a million players have been affected by this incident  —  E-Sports Entertainment Association (ESEA) …

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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica: LG threatens to put Wi-Fi in every appliance it introduces in 2017  —  You can also use a camera to save you the trouble of opening your fridge.  —  In the past few years, products at CES have increasingly focused on putting the Internet in everything, no matter how “dumb” the device in question is by nature.

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Matthew Strauss / Pitchfork: Nielsen: US on-demand audio streaming up 76% to 250B+ streams in 2016, becoming the dominant form of audio consumption with 38% of the market  —  Streaming consumption beat digital sales for the first time in history, according to new Nielsen report  —  It's official: according …

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Andrew J . Hawkins / The Verge: Waymo says it is now producing all self-driving tech in house, with big cost savings, will deploy Chrysler minivans this month in Mountain View and Phoenix  —  Now with all-new tech produced in-house  —  Waymo, the self-driving car startup spun-off from Google late last year …

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Washington Post: Uber launches Movement, a website to share its aggregated travel times data for cities, starting with Washington, Boston, Manila, and Sydney  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The combative ride-hailing giant Uber is extending an olive branch to cities — in the form of data that transit wonks have coveted for years.

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Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide: SoundCloud's filing in UK: losses up 30.9% to $52M while revenues grew 21.6% to $22M in 2015; Universal, Sony, and Warner now own stakes in SoundCloud  —  SoundCloud's losses grew faster than its revenues in 2015 - with the company now admitting that, should its subscription service flop, its funding may run dry this year.

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Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat: A profile of Sigfox, the French startup building a global communications network for Internet of Things devices  —  FEATURE:  —  Xavier Torres-Tuset saw his future the first time he heard of Sigfox.  —  The French engineer had been interested in building a new type of tracking device for remote objects …

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Michael del Castillo / CoinDesk: Blockstack raises $4M round led by USV to build a Bitcoin-powered internet free of centralized servers  —  A new version of the Internet built on the bitcoin blockchain is another step closer to reality thanks to a $4m investment in Blockstack revealed in SEC documents earlier this week.

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James Vincent / The Verge: Video shows early iPhone prototype with an iPod-like interface and a software click wheel  —  Images and video show what appear to be an early version of iOS based on the iPod's design  —  We've known for years that Apple considered a number of different approaches when creating …

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Ewan Spence / Forbes: HMD Global launches Nokia 6, its first smartphone, a $245 China-only Android 7 device with 5.5" screen, Snapdragon 430, 4GB RAM, 16MP main and 8MP front camera  —  The first Android-powered smartphone to carry the Nokia name from HMD Global has been announced.

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Sonny Dickson: Video shows early iPhone prototype with an iPod-like interface and a software click wheel  —  While it has always been known that Apple considered a variety of ideas when they were deciding to enter the mobile phone market (with ex employees discussing it behind closed doors …

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Brian McCullough / Internet History Podcast: The History of the iPhone, On Its 10th Anniversary  —  So... Three things: A widescreen iPod with touch controls.  A revolutionary mobile phone.  And a breakthrough internet communications device.  An iPod... a phone... and an internet communicator... An iPod, a phone... are you getting it?

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