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Facebook says it has taken down 425 Pages and 150 more Facebook and Instagram accounts linked to the Myanmar military for posting anti-Rohingya…

Kurt Wagner / Recode : Facebook says it has taken down 425 Pages and 150 more Facebook and Instagram accounts linked to the Myanmar military for posting anti-Rohingya messages   —  The accounts were sharing “anti-Rohingya messages” — the same kind of messages that have played into a broader genocide in Myanmar.

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EU court rejects Yelp and Consumer Watchdog’s application to intervene in Google’s appeal of its 2017 $2.7B EU antitrust fine; other Google rivals…

Aoife White / Bloomberg : EU court rejects Yelp and Consumer Watchdog's application to intervene in Google's appeal of its 2017 $2.7B EU antitrust fine; other Google rivals also rejected   —  - EU court says Yelp isn't involved in shopping comparison  — Court also throws out intervention from Oracle-backed group

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Blythe Masters, CEO of blockchain startup Digital Asset Holdings and a former JPMorgan executive, will step down as CEO but remain on its board (Jeff…

Jeff John Roberts / Fortune : Blythe Masters, CEO of blockchain startup Digital Asset Holdings and a former JPMorgan executive, will step down as CEO but remain on its board   —  Blythe Masters left her job as a high-flying JPMorgan Chase executive in 2014, and soon after became CEO of Digital Asset, a blockchain startup that caters to banks and startups.

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Lighthouse, a startup backed by Andy Rubin that was building AI-enabled security cameras, is shutting down; Lighthouse had raised $20M (Aaron…

Aaron Tilley / The Information : Lighthouse, a startup backed by Andy Rubin that was building AI-enabled security cameras, is shutting down; Lighthouse had raised $20M   —  A startup building an advanced artificial intelligence-enabled security camera, called Lighthouse, is shutting down.  Founded in 2015 …

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Truecaller report: worldwide spam calls increased 300% YoY, reaching 17.7B in 2018; Brazil led with more than 37 spam calls per user per month (Manish…

Manish Singh / VentureBeat : Truecaller report: worldwide spam calls increased 300% YoY, reaching 17.7B in 2018; Brazil led with more than 37 spam calls per user per month   —  According to the yearly report published by Stockholm-based phone number-identification service Truecaller, spam calls grew by 300 percent year-over-year in 2018.

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Amnesty International calls Twitter a “toxic place for women” in a study of 288,000 tweets aimed at 778 female journalists and politicians from the US…

Emily Dreyfuss / Wired : Amnesty International calls Twitter a “toxic place for women” in a study of 288,000 tweets aimed at 778 female journalists and politicians from the US and UK   —  FOR MANY WOMEN, especially journalists, politicians, and other public figures, Twitter is something to endure.

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Inside Audi’s autonomous driving unit, which has ~150 employees, is testing 12 autonomous vehicles on public roads, and aims to debut self-driving…

Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge : Inside Audi's autonomous driving unit, which has ~150 employees, is testing 12 autonomous vehicles on public roads, and aims to debut self-driving taxis by 2021   —  Autonomous Intelligent Driving is to Audi as Cruise is to GM, says the German automaker's CTO

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On January 8, Oath, which was created from Verizon’s acquisitions of Yahoo and AOL, will be rebranded as Verizon Media Group (Guru Gowrappan/Verizon)

Guru Gowrappan / Verizon : On January 8, Oath, which was created from Verizon's acquisitions of Yahoo and AOL, will be rebranded as Verizon Media Group   —  Verizon Media Group will replace the Oath brand, representing our strong alignment as a core pillar of Verizon's business.  —  I'm excited today to share …

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As EU debates Article 13, which would require sites to have an “upload filter”, a look at the failures of YouTube’s sophisticated ContentID system…

Mike Masnick / Techdirt : As EU debates Article 13, which would require sites to have an “upload filter”, a look at the failures of YouTube's sophisticated ContentID system   —  The entire Article 13 debate is a weird one.  It appears that both the recording industry and the film industry are going for broke on this one.

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Alexa Guard first impressions: hears sounds and alarms well, but can’t contact emergency services, isn’t supported by previous-gen Echo and Echo Dot…

Ry Crist / CNET : Alexa Guard first impressions: hears sounds and alarms well, but can't contact emergency services, isn't supported by previous-gen Echo and Echo Dot speakers   —  “Alexa, I'm leaving.”  —  “OK — I'll be on guard.”  —  That's the gist of Alexa Guard, a new feature from Amazon that lets …

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Indian ride hailing service Ola invests $100M in scooter rental startup Vogo, which operates in Bangalore and Hyderabad (Jon Russell/TechCrunch)

Jon Russell / TechCrunch : Indian ride hailing service Ola invests $100M in scooter rental startup Vogo, which operates in Bangalore and Hyderabad   —  We're familiar with Uber cozying up to scooter startups — it has bought one and invested in another — but over in India, the U.S. firm's key rival is hatching …

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UK-based Graphcore, which makes machine learning chips, raises $200M from investors including Atomico, Sofina, BMW, and Microsoft, valuing the company…

Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times : UK-based Graphcore, which makes machine learning chips, raises $200M from investors including Atomico, Sofina, BMW, and Microsoft, valuing the company at $1.5B   —  The UK-based chipmaker Graphcore has raised $200m in a new funding round from investors including Microsoft and BMW, valuing the company at $1.5bn.

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