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Report: Facebook lays off editorial staff of 15 to 18 workers on trending topics team, to be replaced with engineers who monitor algorithm, sources tell Quartz

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Facebook says editors won't write trending topic descriptions anymore, instead will use algorithms - Recode

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St. Jude Medical

St. Jude Medical refutes Muddy Waters' allegations of cardiac device security issues, says it 'stands behind' device security - CNBC

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Google hires Airbnb executive to commercialize self-driving cars - Reuters

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United Kingdom

UK privacy regulator says to monitor WhatsApp's data sharing with Facebook under new privacy policy - Reuters

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BlackBerry announces redemption of existing convertible debt, issues new convertible debt - MarketWired

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BlackBerry shares are halted pending news - CNBC

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Federal court in Argentina orders 21-year-old man who made threatening tweets toward President Macri to remain in custody - MDZ Online

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UK's Information Commissioner's Office says it is 'looking into' changes to WhatsApp's privacy policy - PA



Sources: Apple planning iPhone for Japan with tap-to-pay for mass-transit rides - Bloomberg

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Gamestop shares slide after revenue of $1.63 billion falls short of estimates - MarketWatch

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Department of Homeland Security investigating hack into actress Leslie Jones' personal accounts - NBC News

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Editor's note: The New York Times reports that the security update issued today by Apple came about after investigators discovered an Israeli company sold software that it claimed could track a target's mobile phone. - Tom

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Apple issues security update following discovery of iPhone spyware circulating in the Middle East - AP

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Apple Inc.

Report: Apple working on video sharing and editing app for iPhone and iPad - Bloomberg

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Amazon launches platform for car buyers to research vehicles, parts and accessories - Reuters

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WhatsApp to start sharing user data with Facebook to provide 'better friend suggestions,' 'more relevant ads' - Verge

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HP reports earnings of 48 cents a share vs estimates of 44 cents; revenues of $11.89 billion vs. estimates of $11.46 billion - CNBC

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Hackers expose personal information, photos of comedian Leslie Jones on her own website; site taken down - Jezebel

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The New York Times

Update: No evidence hackers that targeted New York Times' Moscow bureau were successful, spokeswoman says; no outside firms brought in, no other media outlet breaches being investigated - New York Times

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