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January 24, 2020, 12:15 PM

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BBC:
London police announce it'll start using 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.
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 …
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.
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DOD, Treasury objections  —  Proposed rules making it harder for American firms to sell to Chinese company are withdrawn  —  WASHINGTON—The Commerce …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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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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