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Mike Ives / New York Times: A nonprofit is fighting illegal logging via a treetop monitoring unit that uses AI to detect sounds of chainsaws recorded and uploaded by used cellphones  —  PAKAN RABAA, Indonesia — This village in West Sumatra, a lush province of volcanoes and hilly rain forests, had a problem with illegal loggers.

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Bloomberg: Seven US lawmakers, including Wyden, Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez, and Rubio accuse Apple of “censorship of apps” at the “behest of the Chinese government”, in a letter  —  - Cruz, AOC, others ask Apple to reinstate HK map app it pulled  — Apple CEO discussed consumer rights with Chinese regulator

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Wing Blog: Wing starts first commercial drone delivery service in the US, delivering orders from FedEx Express, Walgreens, and Sugar Magnolia in Christiansburg, Virginia  —  This afternoon, in a first for drone delivery in the U.S., Wing is delivering packages, over-the-counter medication …

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Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal: Facebook reaches licensing deal with News Corp to feature headlines from WSJ, NY Post, and others in a coming news tab; sources: WaPo, BuzzFeed News, BI also in  —  News organizations including News Corp will be paid a licensing fee to supply headlines in news tab

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Annie Musgrove / Tech.eu: Paris-based Lemon Way, which offers an API for payment processing, wallet management, and third-party payments, raises €25M, bringing its total raised to €35M  —  Lemon Way, a Paris-based payment processor for marketplaces and crowdfunding platforms, has raised €25 million from Toscafund Asset Management.

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Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk: MediaLab, a holding company that owns the Whisper app, buys Kik messenger from Kik Interactive, which now focuses on development of Kin cryptocurrency  —  The Kik messaging platform has been bought by MediaLab, a holding company which operates Whisper and a number of other apps, the company announced Friday.

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An-Nahar: Massive protests erupt in Lebanon after a now-withdrawn government proposal to levy ~$6/mo tax on calls via WhatsApp and similar apps, amid an economic crisis  —  Lebanese have been reeling under the burden of austerity measures as the small Mediterranean country battles to stay afloat

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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: Cybersecurity startup Corelight, which is building a network traffic analysis platform for enterprises, raises $50M Series C, bringing its total raised to $84M  —  Corelight, a San Francisco-based startup developing a network traffic analysis platform for cybersecurity …

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Bijan Stephen / The Verge: Imgur says it will no longer support communities associated with NSFW Reddit subreddits because they've put Imgur's “user growth, mission, and business at risk”  —  No existing images will be deleted, however  —  In a blog post published earlier this week …

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Jillian D'Onfro / Forbes: Data analytics startup Sisu emerges from stealth with $52.5M Series B led by NEA, with a16z and Green Bay participating, bringing its total raised to $66.7M  —  Peter Bailis can't resist dropping more than a dozen f-bombs as he explains how his startup Sisu aims to upend traditional business intelligence …

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Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk: After buying Poloniex in 2018 for $400M, Circle spins it out into Polo Digital Assets, backed by an unnamed Asian firm, says it won't serve US customers anymore  —  Crypto exchange Poloniex is spinning out from its parent firm Circle, the companies announced Friday.

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors: The second beta of macOS Catalina 10.15.1 contains icons possibly depicting the widely rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro with slightly thinner bezels  —  Icons possibly depicting the widely rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro have been uncovered by French blog MacGeneration in the first two betas …

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Jordan Novet / CNBC: Mark Hurd, co-CEO of Oracle, dies at 62  —  Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle, in an interview on January 20, 2016.  —  Co-CEO of Oracle Mark Hurd died on Friday, CNBC confirmed.  —  Hurd became chief of Oracle, one of the world's top business-software companies, despite leaving Hewlett-Packard following a sexual harassment claim.

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Otillia Steadman / BuzzFeed News: Sex workers say Instagram keeps taking down accounts, giving confusing guidelines and explanations; Facebook blames moderators' interpretation of guidelines  —  Sex workers and Instagram tried to make peace over takedowns in a meeting this summer.  Then porn star Jessica Jaymes' account was incorrectly removed — after she died.

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Ben Schoon / 9to5Google: Verizon and T-Mobile say Pixel 4 won't support RCS messaging on their networks at launch  —  The rollout of RCS messaging has been an absolute mess - to the point where Google is actually taking things over from carriers.  Now, there's more bad news.  Google's Pixel 4 won't support RCS …

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: Paris-based mobile game maker Madbox, which says it has generated 100M game downloads, raises €15M Series A from Alven Capital  —  French startup Madbox is raising a $16.5 million (€15 million) Series A funding round from Alven.  The company is developing mobile games …

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Hannah Murphy / Financial Times: G7 report says Facebook's Libra poses competition and antitrust challenges and should not be launched until all legal and regulatory risks are addressed  —  Company-created digital currencies such as Facebook's Libra could “pose challenges for competition and antitrust policies” …

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Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times: Quibi partners with T-Mobile, which will make the platform part of its offering, giving Quibi a broad distribution platform ahead of its April launch  —  Telecommunications giant T-Mobile has agreed to partner with Quibi, a Hollywood start-up that plans to distribute bite-size entertainment designed for millennials.

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Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times: Facebook says it is working on ways to prevent child exploitation on its platforms after it introduces end-to-end encryption across its messaging apps  —  Facebook has revealed a two-year project to work out how to prevent minors from being groomed and exploited on its platforms …

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Jon Porter / The Verge: Samsung says fingerprint bug on Galaxy devices is due to the sensor reading 3D patterns in screen protectors as fingerprints, will patch it as soon as next week  —  And advises removing silicone screen protecting cases for now  —  Samsung says that it plans to release a patch for its phones …

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Heather Kelly / Washington Post: Facebook claims viewers saw mostly positive comments during Zuckerberg's live-streamed speech due to “ranking signals” that filter out low-quality comments  —  Viewers saw nearly entirely positive comments and emoji because of how the algorithms behind a live stream with tens of thousands of viewers work

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Bloomberg: Adobe says Photoshop for iPad will be released by year end, confirms that it will lack features after beta testers complained it was missing key elements  —  Adobe Inc. is nearing the consumer launch of Photoshop for Apple Inc.'s iPads a year after it was officially announced …

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Adi Robertson / The Verge: Despite helping millions of people try VR, phone-based VR is all but dead, with Google shutting down Daydream and Samsung's Gear VR efforts failing to take off  —  Mobile virtual reality headsets helped millions of people try out VR, but as of yesterday, they're all but officially a thing of the past.

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Gerrit De Vynck / Bloomberg: Nest is becoming less popular among residential builders as Google's software changes impede Nest devices' ability to connect with third-party IoT devices  —  - Google scraps Nest systems that worked with other devices  — Residential builders are a growing part of smart-home market

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Researcher finds bug dating back to 2013 in a driver for Realtek Wi-Fi chips in Linux devices that could let hackers remotely crash or compromise devices  —  Buffer overflow can be triggered in Realtek Wi-Fi cards, no user interaction needed.  —  A potentially serious vulnerability in Linux …

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