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January 9, 2019, 1:25 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google makes over a dozen announcements for Google Assistant at CES, including Google Assistant Connect for third-party developers and flight check-ins  —  Today, Google is showing off auto-translation on smart display speakers, letting you naturally talk to each other with the speaker acting as the translator automatically.
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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Managed by Q, which develops a platform for managing offices, adds $25M to its Series C round, led by RRE and GV, bringing the total for the round to $55M  —  Managed by Q, the office management platform that launched back in 2013, has today revealed that it raised an additional $25 million …
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Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
Square launches an in-app payments SDK for iOS, Android, and the Flutter mobile development platform  —  Betting that users of its in-store payments hardware and web services want to use Square across their mobile apps as well, the company is launching a mobile software development kit Wednesday …
Kim Zetter / Politico:
Sources: Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab helped the US government catch NSA contractor Harold Martin, who was accused of stealing a trove of classified data  —  The U.S. has accused Kaspersky Lab of working with Russian spies.  But sources say the company exposed a massive breach that U.S. authorities missed.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos announce they are divorcing after 25 years of marriage; MacKenzie worked at Amazon from the beginning  —  Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, announced this morning via the Amazon CEO's personal Twitter account that they've decided to divorce after 25 years of marriage.
Elizabeth Gurdus / CNBC:
Tim Cook says revenue for Apple's wearables is 50% more than iPod at its peak, with the Watch and AirPods generating 4-6x more in sales than iPod over same time  —  - Apple CEO Tim Cook says that the revenue from his company's wearable products, namely the Apple Watch and the AirPods, has already topped that of the iPod at its peak.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Vietnam accuses Facebook of failing to take down “slanderous content” in violation of cyber security law that took effect on January 1  —  Well, that didn't take long.  We're less than ten days into 2019 and already Vietnam is aiming threats at Facebook after it violating …
Stefan Etienne / The Verge:
Yale and Emtek announce new smart locks that integrate with August's software, the first locks to do so without additional hardware  —  Using its sister company's software on new smart locks  —  Yale and Emtek, two smart lock companies under the umbrella of the lock conglomerate Assa Abloy …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google says Chrome's ad blocker, which adheres to Coalition for Better Ads' guidelines, is rolling out globally on July 9  —  Google today announced that Chrome's ad blocker is expanding across the globe starting on July 9, 2019.  As with last year's initial ad blocker rollout, the date is not tied to a specific Chrome version.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Royole unveils FlexPai, a hybrid device that measures 7.8 inches in tablet form and becomes two Android phones when closed; available now in China for ~$1,320  —  You asked for this  —  The Royole FlexPai is the sort of device that companies rush out when they feel the absolute imperative to be first with some new technology.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Customers have been annoyed by Samsung's deal to pre-install Facebook on devices, including Galaxy phones, because the app can only be disabled, not deleted  —  - Galaxy owners take to Twitter to complain about permanent app  — Pre-install deals are common, but privacy concerns are rising

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