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January 8, 2020, 3:15 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Twitter says a “conversation participants” compose screen tool is coming in 2020, letting users limit who can reply, and conversation threading will improve  —  Several features inspired by Twitter's beta app are coming  —  Speaking today at a CES event in Las Vegas …
New York Times:
TikTok says it has fixed major security vulnerabilities that could have let hackers manipulate content, gain access to private videos, and extract personal data  —  The vulnerabilities, which the app says it has fixed, could have let attackers manipulate content and extract personal data.
Washington Post:
TikTok outlines more concrete global content moderation rules following criticism, including banning election misinformation and videos glorifying terrorism  —  TikTok on Wednesday released a set of new, more detailed rules about the videos it permits and prohibits, seeking to respond …
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Upcoming short-form video streaming service Quibi details new features including Turnstyle, which lets videos play well in both portrait and landscape modes  —  What the heck is Quibi?  That's the question I've been asking myself over the past year, as the Jeffrey Katzenberg-founded streaming …
Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Quibi, which had already raised $1B, says it has raised another $400M from undisclosed investors ahead of its April launch  —  In a place known for high-stakes gambling, tech veteran Meg Whitman says she's feeling even more confident these days about betting on the success of her streaming video start-up Quibi, which launches in April.
Apple:
Apple says App Store customers spent $1.42B during holidays, up 16% YoY, and $386M on New Year's Day, up 20% YoY, touts 2019 as the biggest year for Services  —  Apple has marked the close of a historic 2019 for its Services offerings, a year that introduced Apple Arcade, Apple TV+ …
BuzzFeed News:
A look at the worldwide industry of PR and marketing firms offering disinformation services including fake accounts, false narratives, and pseudo news sites  —  Peng Kuan Chin pulled out his phone, eager to show the future of online manipulation.  —  Unseen servers began crawling the web for Chinese articles and posts.
Will Oremus / OneZero:
Facebook's deepfakes policy is a good move but remains deeply flawed, covering only certain videos created by AI and creating loopholes for misleading “satire”  —  It's better than nothing — but just barely  —  Monday, Facebook announced a new policy against “deepfake” videos.
Andrew Bosworth / Facebook:
Andrew Bosworth publicly releases his internal post on Facebook's role in 2016 election, Cambridge Analytica, polarization, algorithmic transparency, and more  —  The NYT recently obtained a copy of a post I made to the wall of my internal profile within Facebook.
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