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January 20, 2019, 9:35 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook to launch Community Actions, a News Feed petition feature for users to tag government agencies and officials and advocate for changes, on Monday  —  Gather a mob and Facebook will now let you make political demands.  Tomorrow Facebook will encounter a slew of fresh complexities …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
A Japanese hotel that opened in 2015 as the “world's first robot hotel” has fired most of its robots after they frustrated guests and made more work for staff  —  The robot revolution will have to wait at the Henn na Hotel in Japan, which is laying off low-performing droids
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.
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.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Video of a purported Google Pixel 3 Lite shows a phone with a plastic case, 3.5mm headphone jack, 5.56" 2220x1080 LCD display, and Snapdragon 670 CPU  —  It wouldn't be a new Pixel without a massive leak  —  At this point it may be a tradition that new Google phones show up in unboxing videos …
Dan Rys / Billboard:
Profile of Audiomack, which started as a mixtape hosting site and now has a popular free music streaming service with 1.5M users, up from 400K a year ago  —  “We're not intent on becoming Spotify.  We're not trying to become Apple Music," says co-founder and CMO Dave Ponte.
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.

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