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January 5, 2018, 5:35 PM

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Twitter:
Twitter says it does not block or remove controversial tweets of world leaders because it would hide important information people should see and debate  —  There's been a lot of discussion about political figures and world leaders on Twitter, and we want to share our stance.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon announces Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit for wearables and Alexa Premium Voice Development Kit to improve far-field voice reception in third-party hardware  —  Amazon wants to bring Alexa to more devices than smart speakers, Fire TV and various other consumer electronics for the home, like alarm clocks.
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Google says Assistant is available on 400M+ devices, while it sold more than one Home every second since Home Mini Oct. launch, which translates to 6M+ speakers  —  Google Assistant is now available on 400 million devices, including more than 6 million Home smart speakers sold since the Home Mini first became available last October.
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
What to expect at CES 2018: from energy efficient laptops, high-end TVs, and self-driving car tech to AR/VR gaming, robots, and smart home tech  —  It's January, which means that Las Vegas, or the bit that pretends not to be Las Vegas for tax reasons, will play host to CES.
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:
Intel faces at least three class action lawsuits over Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, while additional claims may come from big cloud service providers  —  Plaintiffs claim compensation for security flaws and alleged slowdown that fixing computers will cause, while corporations count cost of corrections
Ina Fried / Axios:
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Tony Romm / Recode:
Internet Association, representing Amazon, Facebook, Google and others, says it will join upcoming lawsuit against net neutrality repeal as an intervening party  —  The companies will intervene in a coming lawsuit through their trade group, the Internet Association.
Tony Romm / Recode:
TechCrunch:
Sources: GoPro is cutting 200-300 jobs, largely impacting its Karma drone division  —  GoPro is in the process of laying off around 200-300 employees this week, TechCrunch has learned from sources close to the company.  The hits to the company were largely concentrated in its aerial division …
Cate Cadell / Reuters:
Google invests undisclosed sum in Chinese game streaming service Chushou, which has now raised $120M+; Chushou claims ~8M streamers and 250K live streams a day  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google has joined an investment in Chinese live-stream mobile game platform Chushou …

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
At Zoho Recruit, We Take Workflows very Personnel-ly  —  Here's the thing about workflows.  They are very difficult to understand until you actually start working with them.  —  But, for recruiters …

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