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January 24, 2019, 8:45 PM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Jack Dorsey's recent media tour is largely performative, substituting talking for doing, masking Twitter's slow response to many of its issues  —  Jack Dorsey has a lot to say — but he has more to do  —  Jack Dorsey is talking.  —  He is talking to the Huffington Post's Ashley Feinberg.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft makes the Office suite available via the Mac App Store, with users needing an Office 365 subscription  —  An Office 365 subscription is required for most apps  —  Microsoft is making its Office suite available on Apple's Mac App Store today.  The software giant originally promised …
CNBC:
Sources: Apple laid off 200+ employees this week from Project Titan; Apple acknowledges it has restructured its autonomous systems tech team  —  - Apple dismissed just over 200 employees from Project Titan this week, its stealthy autonomous vehicle initiative, people familiar with the group told CNBC.
Ryan Whitwam / ExtremeTech:
DeepMind introduces AlphaStar AI, which won 10-1 in a series of StarCraft II matches against professional players  —  Humans tend to think we're adept at the games we create, but computers have proven time and time again that we're just not fast enough to stay on top.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Sonos is planning to launch wireless, over-ear headphones with the ability to work with multiple digital assistants next year, for $300 or more  —  - Audio device maker seeks new markets after disappointing IPO  — Company targets growing but crowded market that includes Apple
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Facebook says it will shut down its private photo-sharing app Moments on Feb. 25; users can export photos until May  —  Take a moment to remember Moments.  —  Facebook said on Thursday it was shuttering Moments, its standalone app for privately sharing photos with friends, in part because few people were using it.
Bloomberg:
FOIA inquiry: Google urged US Labor Board to drop an Obama-era protection for staff organizing over work email; Google says doing so was part of a legal defense  —  While Google publicly supported employees who protested company policies, it quietly asked the government to narrow the right to organize over work email
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Intel Q4: revenue of $18.7B, up 9% YoY, vs. $19.01B est., Client Computing Group revenue of $9.82B, up 10% YoY, vs. $10.01B est.; stock down 6%+ after hours  —  Shares of Intel stock fell as much as 8 percent on Thursday after the company reported lower-than-expected revenue for the fiscal fourth quarter and light guidance.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Verizon's Visible, which offers unlimited text, voice, and data for $40/month, announces Android compatibility and starts selling Galaxy S9, S9+, and iPhones  —  When Verizon stealthily launched a new startup called Visible last year, it operated under a bring-your-own-device model …
Nate Lanxon / Bloomberg:
Bing appears to be accessible in China again, as sources say the earlier block was due to a technical error rather than censorship  —  Internet users in mainland China have begun to report that Microsoft Corp.'s Bing search engine is accessible again after outages in the country persisted for many hours Thursday.
Wall Street Journal:
Source: US pressed Chinese tech companies to show their autonomy by giving an example of resisting a data request from the Chinese government, but they couldn't  —  Chairman of Chinese telecom firm contends Huawei is being unfairly targeted  —  The chairman of embattled telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co …
Corbin Davenport / Android Police:
Google Express quietly removes Walmart as a retail partner, leaving Target as the only major partner for the beleaguered delivery service  —  When Google Express re-launched in 2017 as a free service, it had two major retail partners — Walmart and Target.  Both companies have a massive amount …
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