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January 5, 2018, 9:40 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.
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.
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.
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
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Web developers and Google's own apps are increasingly diverging from open web ethos by optimizing for Google-developed standards that first ship in Chrome  —  Chrome-only sites are a problem  —  Chrome is now the most popular browser across all devices, thanks to Android's popularity …
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:

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