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January 2, 2020, 12:00 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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Trump signs TRACED Act into law to increase robocall fines, extend statute of limitations from 1 to 4 years, and require carriers to deploy STIR/SHAKEN protocol  —  The Pallone-Thrune TRACED Act, a bipartisan bit of legislation that should make life harder for the villains behind robocalls, was signed into law today by the president.
Fred Wilson / AVC:
Big trends and takeaways from the 2010s: the “capital as a moat” model has failed, machine learning has become table stakes for tech companies, and more  —  My friend Steve Kane suggested I take a longer view in my pair of year end posts this year: … And so I will.

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