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January 13, 2019, 11:35 AM

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Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:
Tencent previews Xiaowei, an AI voice assistant for WeChat that will integrate with Tencent's own services and apps by third-parties such as Meituan or Didi  —  - WeChat's assistant can help connect users with mini apps  — WeChat mini programs will focus on monetisation with ads
Lindsey O'Donnell / Threatpost:
Dozens of government websites rendered insecure or inaccessible due to 80+ expired TLS certificates that haven't been renewed due to the US government shutdown  —  As the U.S. federal shutdown continues, dozens of U.S. government websites have been rendered either insecure or inaccessible due …
David Pierce / Wall Street Journal:
How MicroLED display technology, demoed by Samsung at CES, may let customers assemble their own TVs to the exact size and shape they want, like LEGO bricks  —  MicroLED is better looking, more efficient and more versatile than any previous display tech.  Now all Samsung, Sony …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Intel's Nervana, a neural network chip for inference-based workloads, will lack a standard cache hierarchy, and software will directly manage on-chip memory  —  At a press event at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, Intel announced the Nervana Neural Network Processor (NNP-I) …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Research shows self-reported heavy Facebook users make impaired decisions, like drug addicts, on a classic test of maximizing rewards  —  Researchers at Michigan State University are exploring the idea that there's more to “social media addiction” than casual joking about being too online might suggest.
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Financial Times:
China's new guidelines for short video apps ban 100 types of inappropriate content, say that platforms should review every piece of content that goes online  —  China's wildly popular short-video apps, such as Tik Tok, will now be held responsible for all “harmful” content posted by users …
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Emma Best / Gizmodo:
An overview of internal WikiLeaks data the US government collected from 2009 through at least 2017, including chats with identifying details on some sources  —  Late last year, the U.S. government accidentally revealed that a sealed complaint had been filed against Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks.
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Emilie Filou / Quartz:
Madagascar's data processing and call centers for international clients flourished after it built out cable internet in 2009 with speeds exceeding those of UK  —  In a large, open-space office, employees are busy processing promotional coupons for a well-known supermarket chain …

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