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January 9, 2019, 9:30 PM

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD announces the 7-nanometer AMD Radeon VII GPU, which it says will be 27% to 62% faster, coming in Feb. for $700; CEO Su says 400M+ gamers use Radeon graphics  —  Lisa Su, CEO of Advanced Micro Devices, announced the chip makers new graphics processing unit, the 7-nanometer AMD Radeon VII graphics chip.
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
AWS launches Amazon DocumentDB, a new document database offering that is compatible with MongoDB version 3.6  —  The latest managed database to emerge from Amazon Web Services is based around MongoDB, setting up a new confrontation between the cloud giant and the company behind that open-source project.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google announces a new search feature that lets logged-in users access past searches on specific topics, available now in the US  —  Google is now rolling out a new feature in search named “your related activity.”  This feature lets signed in Google users pick up on previous searches they've done related to the query they just added.
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Source: e-scooter startup Bird is raising $300M, led by Fidelity, as an extension of its prior round at its current $2B pre-money valuation  —  E-scooter startup Bird is raising $300 million in new funding led by Fidelity, Axios has learned.  Bird would maintain its existing $2 billion pre-money valuation …
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Casey Newton / The Verge:
NYU and Princeton study of 3,500 US adults: 11% of those over 65 have shared a hoax article on Facebook, while just 3% of those 18 to 29 have done so  —  And the finding holds true across party lines  —  Older Americans are disproportionately more likely to share fake news on Facebook …
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.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Starting in February, Twitter will stream the second half of some NBA games, with the camera's focus on an individual player picked by users  —  Twitter cut a streaming deal with the NBA to show you individual players, not full games.  —  Twitter doesn't stream NBA games …
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.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sonos says it has begun a private beta test of Google Assistant integration, first announced in 2017, with the aim of rolling it out later this year  —  Sonos has started a private beta test of Google Assistant on its smart speakers, and is looking to launch the integration to the public this year.
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.
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.
Zheping Huang / South China Morning Post:
Sources: Bitmain co-founders Wu Jihan and Zhan Ketuan to step down as co-CEOs, will be succeeded by product engineering director Wang Haichao  —  - Bitmain accounts for 75 per cent of the world's specialised computers used to earn new units of digital money

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