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Today Saturday, 23rd January 2021
Italy tells TikTok to block all unverified user accounts after a 10-year-old girl dies while allegedly participating in the “blackout challenge& Sat, 23 Jan Sources: VCs have approached Clubhouse about investing in its next round at ~$1B valuation, a 10X increase from the previous round; a16z is expected t Sat, 23 Jan Interview with Chase CIO Rohan Amin on managing Chase's $4B tech budget, API integrations, and this year's rise in digital mortgage applications and b Sat, 23 Jan A look at the Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence, a government-sponsored research lab, and its work on a new language model similar to GPT-3 Sat, 23 Jan 4Paradigm, a Beijing-based AI software startup focused on enterprise clients, raises $700M Series D led by Boyu Capital, Primavera Capital, and Hopu F Sat, 23 Jan Facebook says a configuration change has caused some users to be logged out of their apps and is working to get things back to normal as quickly as po Sat, 23 Jan Analysis of US-based venture-backed companies that went public in roughly the past two years shows that top 40 companies are now valued at around $1.1 Sat, 23 Jan How Volkswagen's ID.3, the automaker's long-awaited answer to Tesla, was beset by faulty in-car software, prompting a reboot of the company's software Sat, 23 Jan MoffettNathanson survey: 62% of Apple TV+ subscribers were on free offers in Q4 2020, only 30% said they plan to renew at the regular $4.99/month pric Sat, 23 Jan Microsoft backtracks on price hike for Xbox Live Gold subscriptions announced Friday and says free-to-play games will also no longer require a Gold su Sat, 23 Jan Sources: Biden is looking to hire cybersecurity veterans for top roles, but some observers worry too much value is being placed on public sector exper Sat, 23 Jan Sources: Microsoft president Brad Smith defended the company's political contributions in a meeting with employees after some questioned donations fro Sat, 23 Jan Sources: data analytics service Databricks is in talks to raise a private funding round, potentially valuing it at ~$27B; Databricks was valued at $6. Sat, 23 Jan Activision Blizzard says that it is merging its Vicarious Visions studio, which Activision acquired in 2005, and its ~200 staff into Blizzard Entertai Sat, 23 Jan Huawei hires former Brazilian president Michel Temer as its legal adviser for the impending 5G auction bid in the country Sat, 23 Jan Ex-ADT technician pled guilty to computer fraud and invasive visual recording for viewing home security camera feeds he installed in ~200 homes over 9 Sat, 23 Jan FTC fines three bot-powered ticket scalping operations a total of $3.7M, the first time the agency applied a 2016 anti-bot law called the BOTS Act Sat, 23 Jan Unclassified memo: Defense Intelligence Agency analysts have used commercial databases of location data from smartphone apps to track Americans withou Sat, 23 Jan European Parliament invites CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Alphabet to a Feb. 1 hearing in Brussels on EU Commission's tech regulation proposals Fri, 22 Jan Despite the pandemic, Amazon wants Alabama warehouse workers to vote in person on a proposal to form a union, objecting to NLRB's decision to allow vo Fri, 22 Jan Microsoft is increasing the prices of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, up $1 to $10.99 per month and up $5 to $29.99 for a three-month membership Fri, 22 Jan Marques Brownlee, aka MKBHD, on starting and scaling one of the biggest YouTube tech channels to 13.5M subscribers, day-to-day work, and future of his Fri, 22 Jan Dating Group, which says it has 73M registered users, acquires Once, a Swiss-based app which leverages AI to provide one match per day to each user, f Fri, 22 Jan FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller files a complaint with US and EU antitrust authorities after Google and Apple reject his COVID-19-related game Fri, 22 Jan Aside from Facebook Oversight Board's binding decision on Trump, Nick Clegg says it'll be interesting if it has guidance for similar situations in the Fri, 22 Jan Sources: Samsung is considering building a $10B chipmaking plant in Texas, a major investment it hopes will help it catch up with industry leader TSMC Fri, 22 Jan Sources: Apple is working on a thinner and lighter 13-inch high-end MacBook Air with MagSafe charging and next-gen processors to launch as soon as thi Fri, 22 Jan NASA has discovered dozens of fresh craters on Mars by using an AI to analyze orbital image data, a promising new method to study planets in our solar Fri, 22 Jan AWS will maintain an open source fork of Elasticsearch and Kibana, after criticism from Elastic which changed its licensing terms to monetize cloud-se 2 days ago Tastytrade, a Chicago-based online brokerage and financial media company, to be acquired by UK's IG Group in a deal worth over $1B in cash and stock 2 days ago