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January 24, 2020, 9:25 PM

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Tad Walch / Deseret News:
Clayton Christensen, the author of the theory of disruptive innovation, dies at 67  —  Apple's Steve Jobs, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Netflix's Reed Hastings and Intel's Andy Grove looked to influential management thinker  —  SALT LAKE CITY — Clayton Christensen, whose theory of disruptive innovation …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Google is backtracking on desktop search redesign which made it hard to distinguish ads from organic results, will experiment with favicon placements  —  The company says it will experiment with favicon placement  —  Google is backtracking on a controversial search engine redesign …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Sources: Accenture is making its YouTube content moderators sign a document acknowledging that performing the job can cause PTSD  —  Accenture comes clean with its workforce — as part of an apparent legal defense  —  Content moderators for YouTube are being ordered to sign a document acknowledging …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann launches Byte, a Vine-like short-form video app, on iOS and Android, aims to start its partner program to pay creators “soon”  —  Two years after Vine's co-founder Dom Hofmann announced he was building a successor to the short-form video app, today Byte makes its debut on iOS and Android.
BBC:
London police announce they will use live facial recognition cameras within a month for five to six hours at a time with bespoke lists of suspects each time  —  The Metropolitan Police has announced it will use live facial recognition cameras operationally for the first time on London streets.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
YouTube gains exclusive streaming rights to Activision Blizzard's big esports events like Overwatch League, which was a Twitch exclusive for the past two years  —  As part of a multiyear partnership between the game publisher and Google  —  Video game publisher Activision Blizzard has entered …
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: US withdrew proposed rules which would have made it harder for US firms to sell to Huawei from overseas facilities, following DOD, Treasury objections  —  Proposed rules making it harder for American firms to sell to Chinese company are withdrawn  —  WASHINGTON—The Commerce …
Tara Seals / Threatpost:
Kaspersky Lab: in 2019, ~30% of all macOS malware detections derived from the Shlayer trojan, an unsophisticated malware that spreads via fake app installs  —  The malvertising-focused trojan known as Shlayer has burbled to the top of the malware heap when it comes to targeting Mac users.
Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal:
Profile of Tony Blevins, the VP of procurement at Apple, known as the Blevinator for his ability to stare down suppliers and slash prices to the bone  —  Apple procurement executive Tony Blevins's job is to stare down suppliers and slash prices to the bone, an increasingly vital role

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