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January 13, 2019, 6:10 PM

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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
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
UK engineers have finished building Quantum, the first fully software-defined communications satellite that can be reprogrammed in orbit, launching this year  —  UK engineers have completed the build of the novel Quantum satellite.  —  The telecommunications platform will be the first fully software-defined spacecraft.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple says HomePod will become officially available in China and Hong Kong on January 18 for RMB 2,799, or ~$414  —  Apple has announced today that HomePod will be available in China starting on Friday, January 18th.  Apple teased last month that HomePod was coming to China in “early 2019,” but now we have an official release date.
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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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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