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January 2, 2020, 2:55 PM

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Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Former Google exec alleges that he was pushed out in April after he lobbied for a human rights program to formalize Google's free speech and privacy principles  —  Ross LaJeunesse left the tech giant in April after lobbying for a human rights program for two years
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Current and former Googlers share how HR changes and lack of transparency made 2019 a turning point for company culture, as Alphabet grew beyond 100,000 workers  —  - Google employees shared why 2019 was a pivotal year for the company's history.  — Former workers shared why they left the company …
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
In its first transparency report, TikTok says it received most requests for user data and content takedowns from India and USA, claims zero requests from China  —  The highest number of requests came from India and the US  —  TikTok released its first transparency report yesterday …
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:
Imagination Technologies says it has inked a new multi-year IP licensing agreement with Apple, replacing an agreement first announced in February 2014  —  Today Imagination Technologies has announced that Apple the two companies have signed a new multi-year licensing with the company …
Luke Larsen / Digital Trends:
Dell debuts updated XPS 13 with Intel 10th-gen processors, Intel's Iris Plus graphics, 16:10 screen, larger touchpad, available January 7 starting at $999  —  When you're on top of the world, you have every reason to play it safe.  That's where Dell has been for the past few years with its XPS laptops.
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Dell debuts a new Latitude 9510 laptop with built-in 5G, to launch March 26, and says a spring update to its Mobile Connect software will enable iOS mirroring  —  Ahead of next week's CES in Las Vegas, Dell today announced two PC updates that will improve its appeal to users of mobile devices …
Steven Sinofsky / Learning By Shipping:
An inside look at the Windows business at the start of last decade, as PC sales grew at 3% in 2009 vs. historic 10%+, and the disruption of the PC felt imminent  —  As we rang in the new year, 2010 a decade ago, what did the Windows business look like as we planned Windows 8?  An annotated twitter thread.
ProPublica:
IRS amends its deal with tax prep software firms, now barred from hiding free products from search, and ends its ban on making its own online filing system  —  Finding free online tax filing should be easier this year for millions of Americans.  —  The IRS announced significant changes Monday …

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