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January 9, 2020, 4:05 AM

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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 …
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 …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
In letter to senators, Ring says it has fired four employees over the last four years after it was notified about the employees' improper access to user videos  —  Amazon-owned home security camera company Ring has fired employees for improperly accessing Ring users' video data …
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.
New York Times:
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:
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
AI startups are selling images of realistic computer-generated faces, letting clients like dating apps “increase diversity” in their ads without needing people  —  Artificial intelligence start-ups are selling images of computer-generated faces that look like the real thing …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify announces new tools to target podcast ads in real time using user data for its exclusive podcasts  —  One step closer to becoming a podcast ad network  —  Spotify is going to start using its copious amounts of user data to run targeted ads inside its exclusive podcasts.
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+ …
Isabelle Kirkwood / BetaKit:
Lightspeed POS, a Montreal-based payments software company, has agreed to buy German POS systems developer Gastrofix for ~$61M in cash and ~$40M in shares  —  Lightspeed POS is set to acquire German POS systems developer Gastrofix.  The purchase would mark Lightspeed's largest acquisition to date …

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