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January 21, 2019, 7:40 PM

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Google fined €50M by French watchdog CNIL under GDPR for alleged lack of transparency, info, and consent about ads personalization in Android's onboarding flow  —  The CNIL, the French data protection watchdog, has issued its first GDPR fine of $57 million (€50 million).
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook to begin rollout of Community Actions, a petition feature for users to tag government agencies and officials to advocate for change, to select US users  —  Gather a mob and Facebook will now let you make political demands.  Tomorrow Facebook will encounter a slew of fresh complexities …
Reuters:
WhatsApp is now globally limiting the forwarding of messages to five recipients, in a bid to fight “misinformation and rumors”  —  JAKARTA (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's WhatsApp (FB.O) messenger service is globally limiting the number of times a user can forward a message to five …
Mehedi Hassan / Thurrott:
Spotify is testing a feature on iOS that will allow users to block any artist  —  Yes, it's finally happening.  Spotify seems to be testing a new feature for its app that will allow users to block any artist on the platform.  The block button is a much-requested feature from Spotify users …
James Cook / Telegraph:
Uber is hiring for a new Micromobility Robotics team to develop autonomous scooters and bikes that can drive themselves to reach customers and charging points  —  Uber is hiring engineers to develop electric scooters and bicycles which can drive themselves around cities in order to reach customers and charging points.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple says its Giving program has raised $365M+ for nonprofits since it began eight years ago, with $125M+ in donations and 250M+ hours volunteered in 2018  —  As part of its Martin Luther King Day celebrations, Apple has shared a newsroom article highlighting the charitable giving and volunteering efforts of its employees.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Kaia Health, which makes apps that help manage chronic pain using AI and motion-tracking tech, raises $10M Series A  —  Chronic diseases affect the lives of millions of people around the world.  Over 16 million adults in the U.S., for instance, have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease …
Daniel Boffey / The Guardian:
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 …

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