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January 2, 2019, 9:40 AM

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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Source: Netflix to hire Activision Blizzard's Spencer Neumann as its new CFO starting in early 2019; Activision said it intended to fire Neumann in a filing  —  (Reuters) - Netflix Inc is expected to announce in the next few days that it has poached media finance veteran Spencer Neumann …
Babu Mohan / MySmartPrice:
Leaked video of Nokia 9 PureView shows a smartphone flagship with 5 rear-facing cameras, a 5.99" display with 2K resolution, and an in-screen fingerprint sensor  —  The Nokia 9 PureView will sport a 5.99" PureDisplay with 2K resolution and run on a Snapdragon 845 SoC under the hood.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
How deepfakes, AI-generated videos that graft a person's face onto another's body, have been weaponized to harass and humiliate their subjects, mostly women  —  “Deepfake” creators are making disturbingly realistic, computer-generated videos with photos taken from the Web, and ordinary women are suffering the damage.
Jennifer Ouellette / Ars Technica:
Researchers used a series of auctions to find that, on average, it would take more than $1,000 to entice a Facebook user to deactivate their account for a year  —  Some users required more than $1,000 to deactivate their account for one year. … A series of auctions revealed …
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Experts say Facebook's opaque approach toward flagging possible suicide threats to police around the world may not be accurate, effective, or safe  —  A police officer on the late shift in an Ohio town recently received an unusual call from Facebook.  —  Earlier that day …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Review of Amazon's $30 Echo Wall Clock: could prove handy, but isn't necessary, as it is limited to timers and alarms and requires pairing with an Echo device  —  Amazon gets into the business of time with a $30 Alexa companion  —  This was the year Amazon went all-in on the Alexa.
Wall Street Journal:
Tech trends for 2019: foldable phones, 5G, cashierless retail, privacy legislation, autonomous delivery wagons, IoT edge computing, and more  —  From delivery wagons and foldable phones to privacy crackdowns and corporate health tracking, the coming year will make good on some of the tech industry's biggest promises
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
All Raise: 14 women were added to US VC firms in senior roles in Q2 2018, the most of any recent quarter, but about 75% of firms still have no female partners  —  Venture capitalists spent 2018 welcoming women to the fold, but the welcome has been fitful, uneven and, scariest of all, tentative.

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