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January 4, 2020, 3:20 PM

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Corbin Davenport / Android Police:
A Samsung Unpacked event, where Galaxy S10 and Fold successors are expected, to be held on Feb. 11, per a promo video accidentally posted to an official channel  —  The Galaxy S11 (or is it S20?) is fast-approaching, and Samsung always announces its new S-series flagship phones in February or March.
Jeff Stone / CyberScoop:
Following US assassination of Iran's Soleimani, newly created Twitter and Instagram accounts are spreading many thousands of pro-Iranian hashtags and messages  —  The U.S. drone strike that killed Iran's top security and intelligence commander also triggered a wave of social media propaganda apparently meant …
The Verge:
What to expect at CES 2020: 5G phones, 4K HDR TVs and HDMI 2.1, dual-screen laptops, gaming CPUs, smart home devices, game consoles, and more  —  CES will have a lot of little companies taking big swings  —  In 2020, this is what to expect in the world of consumer tech: the best stuff is going to get more powerful and more premium.
David Ruddock / Android Police:
A decade after debut, Chrome OS seems to have stalled out, as the future of the web “catching up” to make Chromebook a true laptop seems as remote as ever  —  Nearly ten years ago, Google shipped an unassuming, totally unbranded laptop to a large group of journalists and tech enthusiasts …
Cody Toombs / Android Police:
Google is ending its print-replica magazine service, launched in 2012 as the Play Magazines app, and is refunding payments to users  —  The venerable Egon Spangler once said, “print is dead.”  The statement may have been premature, but today it feels a little more on point because Google …
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
A look at the Hype House “collab house”, a collective of 19 young influencers renting an LA mansion, whose TikTok group handle amassed 3M followers in ~10 days  —  The city is home to a land rush of “collab houses,” where the content creators are getting younger and younger.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Snap has acquired Ukraine-based computer vision startup AI Factory, which helped create the “Cameos” feature Snapchat is now testing, reportedly for ~$166M  —  After acquiring Ukraine startup Looksery in 2015 to supercharge animated selfie lenses in Snapchat …
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:
Lenovo announces ThinkSmart View, a smart display for Microsoft Teams, available this month for $349  —  The new personal business communications device makes it easier for mobile workers to conduct Microsoft Teams audio and video calls.  —  Lenovo on Friday announced the expansion …
Denise Grady / New York Times:
Google says its AI model found breast cancer in screening mammograms with fewer false positives and fewer false negatives than human experts found  —  Computers that are trained to recognize patterns and interpret images may outperform humans at finding cancer on X-rays.
Rebecca Heilweil / Vox:
A new Illinois law, which went into effect on Jan.1, requires employers to notify and obtain consent from job applicants for using AI to grade video interviews  —  A first-of-its-kind law might give employment candidates more insight into the algorithms that analyze their interviews, but they shouldn't expect much to change.

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