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January 13, 2020, 8:25 PM

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Kate Rooney / CNBC:
Visa is buying Plaid, which helps popular fintech apps connect to users' bank accounts, for $5.3B  —  - Visa is buying Plaid in a deal worth $5.3 billion — roughly double the start-up's last private valuation.  — Plaid's API software lets start-ups connect to users' bank accounts and works with Venmo …
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Justin Kan's legal tech startup Atrium, which has raised $75M, is laying off most of its lawyers and will now focus on tech it made for attorneys and law firms  —  Atrium, a law firm for startups led by Twitch co-founder Justin Kan, is laying off most of its attorneys and paralegals.
Max Weinbach / XDA Developers:
Leaked photos confirm the name Galaxy S20 for the next Samsung flagship and a large four-camera setup on the back  —  The next major smartphone launch event for Samsung, Samsung Unpacked 2020 is just a few weeks away.  On February 11th, Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S20 trio …
Helen Warrell / Financial Times:
Ahead of Boris Johnson's expected decision on Huawei equipment in the UK, the US showed his government a dossier with allegedly damning info on the company  —  Senior US officials have presented Boris Johnson's government with a new dossier of intelligence challenging the UK's claim …
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
Q&A with Twitter's head of product Kayvon Beykpour about how Twitter is trying to stop incentivizing toxic behavior, giving users a “troll score”, more  —  Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter's head of product, admits the platform can still incentivize toxic behavior.
New York Times:
Security experts say Russia's GRU phished login credentials, accessed servers for Burisma, a gas company on whose board Hunter Biden served, starting Nov. 2019  —  With President Trump facing an impeachment trial over his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr …
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
HP Spectre x360 13 (2019) review: an excellent high-end laptop with nice port selection, good performance, and great battery life, but its trackpad is narrow  —  There wasn't a lot to fix, so HP added a few features to make this convertible even better.  —  There was a lot to love …
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