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Here’s what’s going on in tech on Thursday…

–It’s good to be Tim Cook. The Apple chief executive got a 46 percent pay increase in 2017 thanks to better profits from the iPhone.

–Apple seems to have “won” the Christmas season smartphone war, as analytics company Flurry says iOS devices accounted for 44 percent of worldwide smartphone activations between December 19 and Christmas Day.

–Battle of the trolls. After trolls reported it for harassment, Twitter blocked Imposter Buster, a bot created to expose trolls that impersonated Jews and minorities in order to post racist messages on the social-media site.

–Looking for recommendations? Instagram has started rolling out “recommended” posts to people’s feeds that will give suggestions for other posts based on accounts liked by those which you follow.

–The next time you make reservations for dinner, don’t be surprised if the restaurant has used social media to find out more about you and what you like on the menu.

–Google has said it will continue to allow companies such as Yelp to opt out of having their data scraped and end up in Google’s search results.

–A bit of Apple’s past is about to become public, as the Computer History Museum will  make the source code for the Lisa operating systems available next year.

–The last frontier? Apple and Amazon are both said to be in discussions to start selling their products directly in Saudi Arabia. Both companies currently sell through third-party retailers in Saudi Arabia, but don’t have their own stores or other direct sales presences in the country.

Photo: Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook takes the stage for a product launch event March 21, 2016, at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Cook got a 46 percent bump in his 2017 pay package, in large part to increase earnings from iPhone sales. (Courtesy:Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)



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