Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times: Google says it found five separate flaws in Apple’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention tool for Safari that lets users’ browsing behavior be tracked  —  Google researchers have exposed details of multiple security flaws in its rival Apple’s Safari web browser that allowed users’ browsing behaviour …

Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet: Microsoft will forcibly install the Bing extension in Chrome for Office 365 ProPlus users starting mid-February, to change the default search engine to Bing  —  Microsoft will change the default search engine in Chrome from Google to Bing for its Office 365 ProPlus customers starting mid-February.

Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter: Disney sold its FoxNext video game unit, which it acquired with 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets, to Scopely, a Culver City-based mobile game developer  —  The company is selling the FoxNext video game development studio to the Culver City-based mobile game developer.

William D. Cohan / Fast Company: Interview with Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr., on his $10M smartphone forensics lab and balancing public safety while working under Apple and Google’s rules  —  The Trump administration wants Apple to create a backdoor into the iPhone.  District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. has spent millions trying to find other ways in.

Bloomberg: Sources: ByteDance is seeking a US-based CEO for TikTok and has interviewed candidates; current head Alex Zhu may still manage product and engineering in China  —  – Video app has come under fire in U.S. as security threat  —  Chinese internet giant ByteDance Inc. is seeking …

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Joseph Menn / Reuters: Sources: Apple dropped plan to encrypt backups of devices in iCloud about two years ago, after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices …

Annie Musgrove / Tech.eu: Berlin-based Home, which acts as a middleman in the property rental market, connecting owners and tenants, raises €11M Series A  —  Home, the Berlin-based startup transforming property rental, has raised an €11 million Series A round from Capnamic, EQT Ventures, FJ Labs, and Redalpine.

Reuters: France has agreed to suspend this year’s digital tax until the end of 2020 as part of trade negotiations with the US  —  PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday he had a “great discussion” with U.S. President Donald Trump over a digital tax planned by Paris …

Preetika Rana / Wall Street Journal: Source: Uber is testing a feature letting drivers in three California cities set fares on rides from the airport; drivers can charge up to 5x the Uber fare  —  Move gives drivers more control in response to state’s gig-economy law  —  SAN FRANCISCO— Uber Technologies Inc. UBER 1.30% …

Sumukh Rao / Technology Personalized: Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 720G, 662, and 460 chipsets with support for Wi-Fi 6 and NavIC, India’s homegrown GPS  —  Qualcomm has introduced three new Mobile Platforms today for smartphones at an event in New Delhi, India, and the new chipsets cater to three different segments right …

Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE: Containous, which says it has built a “multicloud networking platform” for containerized applications and microservices, raises $10M Series A  —  Cloud-native networking company Containous SAS today bagged $10 million in new funding.  The Series A round was led by Balderton Capital …

Bart Meijer / Reuters: TomTom says it has reached a deal with Huawei “some time ago” for the use of its maps, traffic information, and navigation software in Huawei phones  —  AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch navigation and digital mapping company TomTom on Friday said it has closed a deal …

The Verge: Profile of Armslist, the “Craigslist of guns” that offers nearly any kind of gun imaginable and where all transactions are done peer to peer  —  Inside Armslist, the online ‘gun show that never ends’  —  Thomas Caldwell was a veteran in his 60s with a soft physique, oval glasses …

Manish Singh / TechCrunch: Amazon says it now partners with 20,000+ neighborhood stores across Tier 1, 2, and 3 cities in India to store and deliver goods under its “I have Space” program  —  Neighborhood stores dot tens of thousands of cities, towns and villages in India.

Rupert Neate / The Guardian: Some analysts say Alphabet could double in value to become a $2T company in the near future, as the total market cap of FAANGs rose by $1.3T over the past year  —  As Alphabet becomes the latest firm to achieve a 13-figure market cap, analysts still forecast years of growth ahead