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January 11, 2020, 1:15 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
CES roundup: flexible screens are coming, battle between Intel and AMD to intensify, sex tech is on the rise, tech companies fetishized AI and 5G a little less  —  iCES is over, and I am quite sure you'll be happy to be done with it.  We still have more to come today and perhaps a little next week.
Jillian D'Onfro / Forbes:
Alphabet's Chief Legal Officer David Drummond is leaving on January 31; company says he will not be receiving an exit package  —  Alphabet's controversial chief legal officer, David Drummond, is leaving the company, effective January 31.  —  Drummond, an employee of nearly 20 years …
Ranjan Roy / Margins:
Facebook's corporate comms have felt combative and sloppy since late 2018, and now even rank and file employees are facing public vilification  —  Becoming the villain.  —  5 hr  —  Ranjan here, writing about how Facebook's communication operations feel completely broken and wondering whether …
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Facebook shares closed at an all-time high of $218.30 on Thursday, valuing it at $622B and surpassing the previous high of $217.50 reached in July 2018  —  Facebook's share price has hit an all-time high, surpassing the peak it reached before a series of privacy scandals in 2018 and despite attacks …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram rolls out one of the biggest upgrades to Boomerang, an app for creating short looping videos, with trim feature and three new effects including SloMo  —  TikTok has spawned countless memes formats from its creative effects, challenging Instagram for the filtered video crown.
Isobel Cockerell / Coda Story:
Instagram is removing posts and suspending accounts that voice support for slain Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, says it is complying with US sanctions  —  News agencies, human rights activists and influencers have had their accounts deactivated.  —  After a U.S. drone strike killed …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple launches replacement program for Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR manufactured between January 2019 and October 2019  —  Apple today launched a battery case replacement program for Smart Battery Cases designed for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR.
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Sources: Quibi's projections from 2019 show the upcoming streaming service is expected to spend ~$1.5B in its first year; Quibi has raised $1.4B so far  —  If there's one thing to be said for Quibi, the short-form streaming service coming from Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman this spring …

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