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January 3, 2020, 7:25 PM

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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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sources: Snap has acquired Ukraine-based computer vision startup AI Factory, which helped create the “Cameos” feature Snapchat is currently testing, for ~$166M  —  After acquiring Ukraine startup Looksery in 2015 to supercharge animated selfie lenses in Snapchat …
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.
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.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Samsung says it shipped 6.7M+ Galaxy 5G phones globally in 2019, accounting for 53.9% of the 5G phone market; Samsung had only sold 2M 5G devices as of Sept.  —  2020 will be the real test for 5G devices, though  —  Samsung sold 6.7 million 5G phones in 2019 between the Galaxy S10 5G …
Anna Escher / TechCrunch:
Loft, a São Paulo-based real estate marketplace for Latin America, raises $175M Series C co-led by a16z and Vulcan Capital  —  Loft may have better product market fit in Brazil than Opendoor does in the U.S.. And now the São Paulo-based property tech company has growth funding to prove it.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
EU Patent Office rejects two patent applications in which AI was designated as the inventor; this is the right decision that all patent offices should emulate  —  We've written a bunch about why AI generated artwork should not (and need not) have any copyright at all.
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 …
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