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January 25, 2020, 9:00 AM

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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.
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 …
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 …
Bruce Schneier / New York Times:
Laws that ban facial recognition miss the larger point: we need laws on all tech used for identification and to decide how much of our data should be surveilled  —  The whole point of modern surveillance is to treat people differently, and facial recognition technologies are only a small part of that.
The California Sunday Magazine:
An in-depth look at facial recognition technology, with a primer on how it works, who is using it in the US, and how to avoid it online and in public  —  The controversial and nearly ever-present technology that could replace the fingerprint  —  From iPhones and Snapchat filters …
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 …
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.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
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  —  The Commerce Department's efforts …

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