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January 3, 2020, 9:30 AM

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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:
Denise Grady / New York Times:
Google says its AI has made significant improvements at reading mammograms to detect breast cancer in a research study of images from around 90K cases  —  Computers that are trained to recognize patterns and interpret images may outperform humans at finding cancer on X-rays.
Ryne Hager / Android Police:
Google says it is disabling Xiaomi integrations on its devices after a Xiaomi security camera user said his Google Nest Hub showed feeds from random homes  —  So-called “smart” security cameras have had some pretty dumb security problems recently, but a recent report regarding a Xiaomi camera linked …
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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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 …
New York Times:
Current and former workers say Oyo's growth in India is fueled by questionable practices like imposing hidden fees, padding listings, and withholding payments  —  Backed by SoftBank, Oyo aims to be the world's biggest hotel chain.  But its growth was fueled by questionable practices, employees said.
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 …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Q&A with Jimmy Iovine about music industry's reconciliation with tech in the last decade, why streaming music services are like utilities with low margins, more  —  The record executive who made the leap to Silicon Valley looks back on the decade in the music business, and sees a major problem on the horizon.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
SuperData: digital games and interactive media revenue was up 4% YoY to $120.1B in 2019, with $64.4B for mobile; Fortnite topped with $1.8B, vs. $2.4B in 2018  —  The combined game industry grew 3% to $120.1 billion in 2019, according to market researcher SuperData in its year-end report.

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