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Morning Tech Report for January 3, 2017

News Bomb


With the end of the holiday season and the beginning of CES, yesterday saw an explosion of news. Instead of the usual analysis of the top five stories, today I am linking the ten top stories of yesterday, a mixture of typical tech news and product announcements. Here we go.
How Facebook Learns About Your Offline Lifewww.technologyreview.com
 You probably know that the social network uses your profile to serve ads it thinks you’ll like — but it also draws on a lot of information it gathers from offline data brokers.
Luggage Tag Code Unlocks Your Flights, Identity to Hackers | News & Opinion | PCMag.comwww.pcmag.com
 The security used for travel bookings worldwide is very poor and open to abuse.
Microsoft HoloLens could help you find your keys, and also stalk your every move — The Vergewww.theverge.com
 You know the trope in Sherlock-esque detective shows where some brilliant sleuth cracks a case by drawing on their nigh-photographic memory? Well, one of the most fascinating and terrifying things…
The Fable of Edward Snowden — WSJwww.wsj.com
 Edward Jay Epstein writes that as he seeks a pardon, the NSA thief has told multiple lies about what he stole and his dealings with Russian intelligence.
DirecTV Now Becomes Just Another Pay-TV Service as Promotional Offer Nears End — TheStreetwww.thestreet.com
 DirecTV Now is starting to look like just another pay-TV service, suffering outages while pulling back on its initial offer of 100 channels at $35 per month….T
Windows 10 Creators Update expected to arrive in April — The Vergewww.theverge.com
 Microsoft is tentatively planning to release its next major Windows 10 update in April. MSPoweruser reports that the software giant is planning to finalize the feature set of the Creators Update by…
Asus ZenFone AR revealed, the second Google Tango phone — The Vergewww.theverge.com
 Every company tries to be the first with the biggest CES announcement, but Asus has been preempted today by hardware partner Qualcomm, which has revealed the upcoming ZenFone AR smartphone with…
TrackR announces new trackers for finding your misplaced stuff — The Vergewww.theverge.com
 TrackR — a startup that makes small devices for tracking your lost things through a combination of Bluetooth and “crowd GPS” — announced some new ways to avoid losing your stuff at CES 2017. The…
Dell has turned one of the best Windows laptops into a 2-in-1 hybrid — The Vergewww.theverge.com
 Dell is unveiling a convertible version of its popular XPS 13 laptop today at the Consumer Electronics Show. While the CES surprise leaked out a little early yesterday, the new Dell XPS 2-in-1…

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