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January 7, 2020, 3:20 PM

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New York Times:
Sonos sues Google, seeking financial damages and a ban on the sale of Google's speakers, smartphones, and laptops in US for allegedly infringing on five patents  —  The maker of home speakers said Google and Amazon stole its technology and abused their power, but it could only risk suing one.
About Facebook:
Facebook says it is tightening its policies around misleading manipulated media by banning videos that are either heavily edited or deepfakes  —  People share millions of photos and videos on Facebook every day, creating some of the most compelling and creative visuals on our platform.
Washington Post:
Facebook bans deepfakes, but its new policy may not cover simpler forms of deception like with the distorted Pelosi video  —  Facebook has banned users from posting computer-generated, highly manipulated videos, known as deepfakes, seeking to stop the spread of a novel form of misinformation months …
New York Times:
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Google says Assistant now has 500M users and announces upcoming features: Scheduled Actions, privacy-focused voice controls, longform reading, and Sticky Notes  —  Google Assistant is now used by 500 million monthly active users, and today Google is previewing features on the way in 2020 …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Natasha Mascarenhas / Crunchbase News:
Report: pizza-making robot startup Zume, which raised $375M from SoftBank Vision Fund in 2018, plans to lay off up to 400 staff, or about 80% of its employees  —  In a little over a year, pizza-making robot startup Zume has gone from getting $375 million from SoftBank, to pivoting …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Lyft open sources Flyte, a platform for maintaining AI workflows that currently manages over 7,000 unique workflows at the company  —  Hot on the heels of Uber's open-sourcing of an AI debugging tool this morning, Lyft announced the release of Flyte, which it describes as a structured …
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:
HighRadius, which develops AI-powered fintech software, raises $125M Series B led by ICONIQ Capital; CEO says the round values the company at over $1B  —  HighRadius, which has developed AI-powered fintech software, announced it has raised $125 million in a Series B growth funding round led by ICONIQ Capital.
Bloomberg:
Seven senators, including McConnell, back bipartisan bill to grant publishers a four-year antitrust exemption to negotiate financial terms with tech giants  —  - Bill would let news publishers negotiate with Google, Facebook  — Tech companies are increasingly under scrutiny in Washington
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Wide-ranging Q&A with AMD's CEO Dr. Lisa Su on everything from TSMC's tight wafer supply to AMD's evolving brand and its latest efforts across product lines  —  This week AMD took the wraps off of its latest generation of mobile processors.  The company is being aggressive …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Ben Patterson / TechHive:
Bluetooth SIG outlines LE Audio, promising key upgrades to Bluetooth audio performance with support for hearing aids and new features like audio sharing  —  Thanks to the next-generation Bluetooth LE Audio, the latest Bluetooth devices won't only sound better and last longer …
Joshua Goldman / CNET:
Lenovo unveils the Yoga 5G, a $1,499 2-in-1 with the Snapdragon 8cx chipset and claimed 24-hour battery life, coming spring and will be called Flex 5G in the US  —  Last May, Lenovo announced Project Limitless, its plan to make the first 5G laptop.  That plan is now a reality with the Yoga 5G …

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