Snap CFO Tim Stone is resigning — TechCrunch

Snap CFO Tim Stone is leaving the company, according to documents filed with the SEC, writes Megan Rose Dickey. Here is the link: https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/15/snap-cfo-tim-stone-is-resigning/

The ‘world’s most beautiful data center’ is a supercomputer housed in a 19th century...

The MareNostrum 4 is only the world’s 25th most powerful supercomputer, but it definitely has the most style, writes Daniel Oberhaus. Here is the link: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/xwjegq/the-worlds-most-beautiful-data-center-is-a-supercomputer-housed-in-a-19th-century-church 

How Microsoft has (so far) avoided tough scrutiny over privacy issues — Fast Company

The “original gangster of big tech” has managed to dodge the bad headlines and congressional grilling, writes Daria Solovieva. Here is the link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90290137/how-microsoft-has-avoided-tough-scrutiny-over-privacy-issues

China’s Baidu will help deliver Walmart groceries in self-driving vans — CNN

China's leading search engine will soon be helping make deliveries for Walmart, bringing it into direct competition with Google's driverless technology, according to  Sherisse Pham. Here is the link: https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/09/tech/baidu-walmart-udelv/index.html

Software patents poised to make a comeback under new patent office rules — Ars...

This week the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) proposed new rules that would make it easier to patent software, writes Ben Klemens. Here is the link: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/01/software-patents-poised-to-make-a-comeback-under-new-patent-office-rules/

Intel has the biggest addressable market it’s ever seen, says company’s interim CEO —...

Intel’s total addressable market has grown significantly as the company has diversified away from the personal computer business, writes Elizabeth Gurdus. Here is the link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/10/intel-has-the-biggest-addressable-market-its-ever-seen-interim-ceo.html

Twitter users in China reportedly held by government amid crackdown — CNET

Twitter users in China are facing threats, lengthy interrogations and even days in a detention center after posting messages critical of the Chinese government, writes Queenie Wong. Here is the link: https://www.cnet.com/news/twitter-users-in-china-reportedly-held-by-government-amid-crackdown/

World’s largest AI startup readies $2 billion fundraising — Bloomberg

SenseTime Group, the world’s most valuable artificial-intelligence startup, is beginning preparations for a new financing round, writes Crystal Tse, Lulu Yilun Chen, and Vinicy Chan. Here is the link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-10/world-s-largest-ai-startup-said-to-ready-2-billion-fundraising-jqq7odu4

America desperately needs fiber internet, and the tech giants won’t save us — Recode

Harvard’s Susan Crawford explains why we shouldn’t expect Google to fix slow internet speeds in the US, in a piece by Eric Johnson. Here is the link: https://www.recode.net/2019/1/10/18175869/susan-crawford-fiber-book-internet-access-comcast-verizon-google-peter-kafka-media-podcast

Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind will be health, says Tim Cook — Mashable

Cook seems to be most enthusiastic about Apple's health-related efforts, which have gotten far more serious with last year's launch of ECG and irregular heart rhythm notifications features for the Apple...

Cambridge Analytica owner fined £15,000 for ignoring data request — The Guardian

Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL Elections, has been fined £15,000 for failing to respond to an American citizen’s request for copies of information it holds on him, writes David Pegg. Here is...

With $137 Billion at Stake, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos to Divorce — Bloomberg

Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing, writes Tom Metcalf, Spencer Soper, and Ben Steverman. Here is the link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-09/jeff-and-mackenzie-bezos-are-getting-a-divorce-after-25-years

Kenya will start teaching Chinese to elementary school students from 2020 — Quartz Africa

Kenya will teach Mandarin in classrooms  in a bid to improve job competitiveness and facilitate better trade and connection with China, writes Abdi Latif Dahir. Here is the link: https://qz.com/africa/1517681/kenya-to-teach-mandarin-chinese-in-primary-classrooms/

The Feds cracked El Chapo’s encrypted comms network by flipping his system admin —...

Prosecutors played copies of what they said were audio recordings of Guzmán the FBI obtained “after they infiltrated his encrypted messaging system”, writes Tom McKay. Here is the link: https://gizmodo.com/the-feds-cracked-el-chapos-encrypted-communications-net-1831595734

WeWork rebrands to The We Company; CEO Neumann talks about revised SoftBank round —...

Katrina Brooker interviews WeWork CEO Adam Neumann. Here is the link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90289512/exclusive-wework-to-rebrand-to-the-we-company-in-wake-of-disappointing-funding-news