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January 2, 2019, 4:45 PM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Roku Channel adds premium subscriptions, with networks including Showtime, Starz, and Epix available on Roku devices and apps, Samsung smart TVs, and more  —  Pay for everything on one bill with your Roku account  —  The Roku Channel, which offers free-to-watch, ad-supported movies …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Net Applications: Windows 10 reached 39.2% worldwide OS market share in December, finally surpassing Windows 7, which dropped to 36.9%  —  More than three years after its release, Windows 10 has passed Windows 7 in market share.  That means more desktop computers are now running Microsoft's latest …
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
Netflix confirms it has hired Spencer Neumann as new CFO; source says Activision Blizzard fired Neumann because he was pursuing another job  —  - Netflix has hired Spencer Neumann as chief financial officer.  He was the former CFO at Activision Blizzard.  — Activision Blizzard fired Neuman …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
FCC grants permission for Google to deploy its Soli radar-based sensors that enable touchless control of devices with hand gestures  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google unit won approval from U.S. regulators to deploy a radar-based motion sensing device known as Project Soli.
Shadma Shaikh / FactorDaily:
Sensor Tower: by the end of 2018, 44 of the top 100 apps in the Play Store in India were Chinese, with five among the top ten and TikTok taking the top spot  —  “TikTok is a Youtube killer.”  —  “Helo is giving ShareChat a tough time and has a higher chance of winning India market.”
Dave Briggs / CNN:
Popular Fortnite streamer Tyler Blevins, aka Ninja, says he has earned nearly $10M in 2018, with 70% of the revenue coming from Twitch and YouTube  —  New York (CNN Business)Any year in which a young man earns a living playing video games is a pretty darn good one.
Timothy Williams / New York Times:
As Kansas City and others rush to remake themselves as “smart cities”, competing for attention from tech companies, experts worry about privacy and security  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An algorithm predicts where potholes will emerge so road crews can resurface streets before cracks appear.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Review of Amazon's $30 Echo Wall Clock: handy but unnecessary, 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.
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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.

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