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January 20, 2019, 1:25 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
A Japanese hotel, aiming to replace all staff with robots, ended up creating more work for its staff and frustrated guests as robots didn't perform as expected  —  The robot revolution will have to wait at the Henn na Hotel in Japan, which is laying off low-performing droids
Matt Binder / Mashable:
Google Maps rolls out ability to see user-reported speed traps via small camera icons, in North America, UK, Australia, Russia, Brazil, India, and Indonesia  —  Drivers will soon have an extra set of eyes on the road, courtesy of Google.  —  Google's navigation app, Google Maps …
James Ball / Columbia Journalism Review:
Tech companies funding journalism projects deepens their codependence and implies the media is the exception that should be protected from tech's disruption  —  Yesterday, Facebook announced it would spend $300 million over three years on journalistic content, partnerships, and programs.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
SEC filing: Disney lost $1B+ from streaming in its 2018 fiscal year, with a $580M loss attributed to its stake in Hulu and $469M to ownership of BAMtech  —  - Disney's stake in Hulu and its ownership of BAMtech led to a loss of more than $1 billion in the latest fiscal year.
Biz Carson / Forbes:
Profile of angel investor and Code.org co-founder Ali Partovi, who now manages Neo, a fund that matches talented young engineers with tech industry veterans  —  s venture capitalists mingled with members of the Golden State Warriors at a fall 2016 cocktail party, tech investor Ali Partovi scrambled to find something to talk about.
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Sources: Snap fires security chief over secret relationship with a consultant and pushes out his boss, the head of HR, amid multiple departures in recent months  —  Snap's global security chief has been fired after an internal investigation found that he had an undisclosed relationship …
Julia Reda:
EU's copyright reform with “link tax” and “upload filters” suffers a setback as 11 member states vote against the proposal, making adoption in May less likely  —  Today, Council firmly rejected the negotiating mandate that was supposed to set out Member States' position ahead …

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