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1/17/2020

WeLeakInfo.com, which sells data exposed in breaches, has been seized by the FBI in an operation coordinated with European partners. The FBI said the site claimed to have 12.5 billion records from 10,000 breaches on its searchable database, which users could access by purchasing subscription plans, one of which offered three months of unlimited access for $70.

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BleepingComputer
1/17/2020

Xbox One's Console Streaming is out of beta and available globally for players with Android devices. Users must be in an Update Preview ring and have a Bluetooth Xbox One controller, among other requirements.

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Engadget
1/17/2020

Huawei hosted a developer day in London and announced a $26 million investment to entice UK app developers to develop apps for its AppGallery. The brand was placed on a US trade blacklist last year and was cut off from Google's services on Android, prompting it to create an app ecosystem of its own.

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CNET, Android Central
1/17/2020

Delta Air Lines has unveiled virtual queuing to its app, which alerts travelers when their seat is boarding. Delta says passengers can relax nearby instead of crowding at the gate while waiting.

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TravelPulse
1/17/2020

Instagram is centralizing video uploads to make it easier for developers to submit long-form videos to IGTV. Based on user feedback, the platform said it is removing the IGTV icon because few people used it.

1/17/2020

China and Japan are developing high-tech cities to test artificial intelligence, automated vehicles and robots. Their work goes beyond what most US cities are able or willing to do, writes Joann Muller, who suggests that San Juan, Puerto Rico, with its precarious power grid and weakened infrastructure, could be an ideal place to incorporate new technologies during rebuilding.

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Axios
1/17/2020

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is changing the "lockup" procedure for economic data to keep the information secure from algorithmic traders before public release, including removing computers, which can provide machine-readable news, from the Washington newsroom March 1. Commissioner William Beach says the change follows a 2014 recommendation from the Labor Department inspector general.

1/17/2020

Facebook has disbanded a team it had working on possible WhatsApp ad integrations, which also caused the messaging service's founders to resign nearly two years ago, according to The Wall Street Journal. Facebook has plans to develop Status ads and is working on revenue-generators, such as tools for businesses to connect with consumers.

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WhatsApp
1/17/2020

A group of developers of now-defunct apps filed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook, contending the social platform participated in anti-competitive practices and inappropriately revoked developer access to harm prospective competitors. Facebook argues the suit is baseless, while Yavar Bathaee, an attorney for the apps, says in a statement. "[Facebook used] its economic power to crush or acquire anyone that competed with them."

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NBC News, Reuters
1/17/2020

Microsoft intends to be carbon negative by 2030 and is launching a Climate Innovation Fund to pick up the pace of development for carbon reduction, capture and removal technologies. The fund will support innovative work with equity and debt investments.

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VentureBeat, GeekWire