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January 18, 2020, 3:55 AM

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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Tile accused Apple of acting anti-competitively at a House antitrust hearing on Friday, while Sonos testified against Google, and PopSockets against Amazon  —  BOULDER, Colo. — Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google took a public lashing at a congressional hearing here Friday …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Spotify in early talks to buy The Ringer, founded by Bill Simmons, which has a podcast network that had revenue of $15M+ in 2018  —  The Ringer, founded in 2016 by former ESPN commentator Bill Simmons, has over 30 podcasts  —  Spotify Technology SA SPOT -2.31% is in talks to buy sports …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
FBI seizes the domain of WeLeakInfo, a site offering usernames and passwords from data breaches for sale; WeLeakInfo claims to have 12B+ usernames and passwords  —  Site aggregated 12 billion usernames and passwords from over 10,000 breaches.  —  On Wednesday, police in the Netherlands …
New York Times:
In a Q&A, Joe Biden says Section 230 should be immediately revoked for Facebook and other platforms and that Zuckerberg should be submitted to civil liability  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.
Samuel Stolton / EURACTIV.com:
Cameron Faulkner / The Verge:
The latest panic that the EU may force Apple to abandon Lightning is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of both the EC's intent and how charging works  —  It's all about chargers, and Apple already makes them  —  You might have read headlines today about how the EU is looking to force Apple to ditch the Lightning cable.
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Airbnb to tie metrics like guest safety to employee bonuses, says it has created dedicated teams to serve all “stakeholders”, which include hosts and guests  —  Ahead of plans to go public, home-sharing platform emphasizes serving ‘stakeholders’ that include hosts, guests, investors, employees
TechCrunch:
Sources: Eaze, an on-demand pot delivery startup with $166M in funding, raises $15M bridge round, amid struggles with cash and a pivot to selling its own brands  —  The Uber of pot is almost out of cash  —  The first cannabis startup to raise big money in Silicon Valley is in danger of burning out.
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Profile of Adam Mosseri, who sees Project Daisy, which will eliminate public display of Instagram Likes later this year, as a way to “depressurize the app”  —  Adam Mosseri, chieftain of Instagram, wants to keep the platform a safe, special space.  That means learning from the mistakes of its parent company: Facebook.
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Kan Liu, the Director of Product Management for Chrome OS, says Google is working to bring Steam support to Chrome OS  —  Last week at the CES trade show in Las Vegas, I spoke with Kan Liu, Director of Product Management for Google's Chrome OS.  In a wide-ranging discussion about the Chrome platform …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: some FBI officials were stunned by AG Barr's use of the Pensacola case to rebuke Apple as they believe Apple had already provided ample assistance  —  Attorney general's earlier service, telecom experience shaped his views; some bureau officials were stunned by his rebuke of Apple over Pensacola shooter's iPhones
Usman Pirzada / Wccftech:
Report: Intel CPU supply shortages are expected to persist through the end of 2020, giving a likely boost to AMD market share  —  DigiTimes, Taiwan's biggest publication and one of the more reliable sources of information as far as the PC triumvirate are concerned has just published …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
BT, the biggest ISP in the UK, partners with Google to offer a free Stadia Premiere Edition with some of its broadband plans  —  A boost for Stadia game streaming in Europe  —  BT is partnering with Google to launch broadband plans in the UK that come with access to the Stadia cloud gaming service.

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