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January 23, 2020, 10:50 PM

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Jon Porter / The Verge:
Google's new look for desktop search results blurs the lines between ads and search results, leading many critics to identify it as a dark pattern  —  The latest desktop update blurs the lines  —  Last week, Google began rolling out a new look for its search results on desktop …
Max Weinbach / XDA Developers:
Source: Samsung is working on Quick Share, an AirDrop-like feature to allow sharing of files between enabled Galaxy phones, likely launching with Galaxy S20  —  Competition is huge in the phone industry, as we all know.  Previously, the competition used to be restricted to hardware …
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Tech executives and employees, particularly from Facebook, have become increasingly common targets for swatting; Adam Mosseri was swatted in November  —  Online forums carry personal details of potential targets like industry leaders and their families.  The police are struggling to find a solution.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Match Group invests in safety app Noonlight to add features like a panic button, check-in, and photo verification to its dating apps, starting with Tinder  —  Match Group, the dating app giant and parent company to Match, Tinder, OKCupid, Plenty of Fish, and several other dating apps …
BuzzFeed News:
NYPD disputes facial recognition firm Clearview AI's claim that it identified a terrorism suspect; company's founders have previous connections to the far right  —  Clearview AI, a facial recognition company that says it's amassed a database of billions of photos, has a fantastic selling point …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Dataset Search, Google's search engine for datasets, is now out of beta, with a mobile version, new tools to better filter searches, and access to ~25M datasets  —  Dataset Search is now out of beta with improved search tools  —  Google's search engine for datasets, the cunningly named Dataset Search …
Shannon Vavra / CyberScoop:
Experts say FTI's report on the hack of Bezos' phone does not explain why FTI wasn't able to decrypt the malicious file or perform actions like jailbreaking  —  A cybersecurity forensics team has concluded with “medium to high confidence” that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hacked Jeff Bezos' iPhone X …
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Jared Newman / Fast Company:
Study: since the rollout of iOS 13, which warns users of apps tracking their location, marketers have collected 68% less background and 24% less foreground data  —  Spare a thought, if you will, for the digital advertisers who have grown dependent on knowing your exact whereabouts at any instant.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Broadcom signs 2 new multi-year agreements with Apple, says it expects to generate $15B by supplying wireless chips for Apple devices released through mid-2023  —  - Broadcom put its RF chip business up for sale last year  — Chipmaker to supply components for Apple devices into 2023
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft starts rolling out developer kits and emulators for its dual-screen Surface Duo Android phone and Windows 10X-based Surface Neo  —  Microsoft is starting to roll out developer kits and emulators for both Android and 10X developers who want to build for coming dual-screen devices, starting with its own.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel beats with Q4 revenue of $20.2B, up 8% YoY, vs. $19.2B est., and Data Center Group revenue of $7.2B, up 19% YoY; stock up 6%+ after hours  —  Intel reported strong fourth-quarter earnings and 8% revenue growth, hitting Wall Street's targets for financial performance thanks to strong datacenter revenues.
Paul Kiel / ProPublica:
Inside the IRS's probe into Facebook, including emails from 2008 where Sandberg and Ted Price, Facebook's head of tax, discuss tax havens for parking profits  —  The social media behemoth is about to face off with the tax agency in a rare trial to capture billions that the IRS thinks Facebook owes.

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