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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Directly, which helps companies train chatbots by crowdsourcing experts and analyzing usage, raises $20M, led by Samsung NEXT, at a $100M+ valuation  —  Chatbots have had a patchy track record world of tech, where early efforts not only failed to deliver on the magical idea of a computer producing …

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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet: Chainalysis: in 2019, hackers successfully breached 11 major cryptocurrency exchanges, including Binance, and stole more than $283M worth of cryptocurrency  —  Hackers launched more attacks against cryptocurrency exchanges in 2019, but stole fewer funds.  —  In 2019, hackers …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Flipboard will now feature local news coverage in 23 cities in US and Canada and start recommending stories based on IP address  —  Flipboard, the personalized news aggregation app used by 145 million users per month, is today launching a new feature aimed at bringing local news coverage …

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Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg: Profile of Miranda Sissons, hired by Facebook last November as its first human rights chief, as Facebook struggles with waves of online hate against minorities  —  The company has hired a respected expert to help stem the spread of online violence.  Can she change the world's largest social network?

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Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch: Advano, which builds battery components using scrap silicon for powerful and longer lasting batteries, raises $18.5M from investors, including Tony Fadell  —  Using scrap silicon as its feedstock, a New Orleans-based company called Advano has raised $18.5 million to manufacture battery components …

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Scott Stein / CNET: Filmic's free DoubleTake iPhone app lets users shoot video from two cameras at once; it can simultaneously record two 1080p videos at 24, 25, or 30 fps  —  Your phone is studded with cameras.  You're probably only using one at a time, though.  That could change in the near future …

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Michael Kwet / The Intercept: A look at the rise of vast AI-enabled video surveillance networks in US cities, which let private businesses and homes provide camera feeds to police HQs  —  There's widespread concern that video cameras will use facial recognition software to track our every public move.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Swiss brand management platform Frontify raises €20.2M Series B led by EQT Ventures  —  The rise of design tools like Canva and the vast expanse of digital spaces where a company's name can appear these days have created a challenge for organisations: how best to make sure that what gets used …

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Jennifer Elias / CNBC: Congress sends Sundar Pichai letter requesting YouTube address four concerns on climate misinformation by Feb. 7, including removing videos from recommendations  —  - Climate Committee Chair Kathy Castor penned a letter to Google, requesting the company take action against disinformation related to climate change.

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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: ActiveCampaign, which helps businesses automate email marketing, CRM, and ad campaigns, raises $100M Series B led by Susquehanna Growth Equity  —  The global campaign management software market was valued at approximately $1.85 billion in 2017, and it's anticipated to grow at 15.65% from 2018 to 2025.

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Geoffrey Fowler / Washington Post: Facebook announces its Off-Facebook Activity tool, which lets users clear all the data passed onto Facebook by other apps and sites, is now available globally  —  The new ‘Off-Facebook Activity’ tool reminds us we're living in a reality TV program where the cameras are always on.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Persona, which develops a secure, real-time identity verification platform for organizations, raises $17.5M Series A  —  The proliferation of data breaches based on leaked passwords, and the rising tide of regulation that puts a hard stop on just how much user information can be collected …

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Heather Stewart / The Guardian: UK government announces it will allow Huawei to build non-core elements of Britain's 5G network but will ban the company from operating at sensitive sites  —  Chinese firm is designated ‘high-risk vendor’ but will be allowed to build non-core elements of UK 5G network

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Alexa Pavliuc / Medium: A visual analysis of six state-backed disinformation operations on Twitter, including from China and Russia, and how they have evolved over the last decade  —  Here's a bird's eye view of six state-backed information operations on Twitter, and how they evolved over the last decade.

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Jennifer Smith / Wall Street Journal: Grocers offering online orders are testing automated micro-fulfillment systems that can fulfill 4000 orders per week while occupying little space  —  Companies trying to get closer to customers and keep costs down turn to smaller sites heavy with automation  —  The robots are trying to get deeper into your grocery order.

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: French startup ManoMano, which operates an e-commerce site for DIY, home improvement, and gardening products, raises $139M led by Temasek  —  French startup ManoMano is raising another mega round of funding.  The company operates an e-commerce website for DIY, home improvement and gardening products.

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball: Ten years after the iPad's launch, it has not come close to being revolutionary or living up to its potential because of its inconsistent multitasking software  —  It surprised everyone, in several ways.  Some expected a touchscreen Mac with a stylus.  Some expected a product …

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Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE: Experts say tech has made US labor laws obsolete and in need of a massive overhaul to benefit organizing workers, such as requiring safe digital meeting spaces  —  In the 1930s, at the time of the writing of the Wagner Act—the law which grants workers the right to form unions and collectively bargain …

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Reuters: Sources: Turkey-backed hackers have used DNS hijacking to obtain login credentials, targeting ~30 EU and Middle East governments and organizations since 2018  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Sweeping cyberattacks targeting governments and other organizations in Europe and the Middle East are believed …

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Danny Palmer / ZDNet: UK government proposes new IoT rules: firms must tell consumers how long security updates will be provided, ship individual devices with unique passwords, more  —  Proposed laws from the UK for Internet of Things security and suggests vendors will need to follow new rules to be considered secure.

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Azeem Azhar / Exponential View: As Alphabet and Microsoft clamor for regulation of tech like facial recognition, the complications new rules could bring are existential threats to startups  —  You couldn't have missed it.  The world's largest tech companies have started to clamour for regulation in this hugely under-regulated sector.

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Raymond Zhong / New York Times: As China tries to contain the coronavirus, the sheer volume of criticism of the government overwhelms censors and tests China's ability to control the narrative  —  The sheer volume of criticism of the government, and the sometimes clever ways that critics dodge censors, are testing Beijing's ability to control the narrative.

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Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat: FCC unlocks 3.5GHz band of spectrum used by Citizens Broadband Radio Service, enhancing connectivity via “OnGo” services in the latest iOS and Android phones  —  Following six years of private and public collaboration to open up some of the United States' most valuable wireless spectrum …

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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note: Consumer IoT is in trouble because normal people can't be expected to manage a house full of smart things or keep track of their bugs and looming obsolescence  —  The everything-computerized-and-always- connected smarthome is a work in progress.  This slow pace is a good thing because it gives us …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: SuperAwesome, which offers tools for kid-safe advertising, parental controls, and more, raises $17M from Microsoft's M12, says it had $55M in revenue in 2019  —  Kidtech startup SuperAwesome has raised an additional $17 million in funding, which includes a new strategic investment from Microsoft's venture fund, M12.

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