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January 26, 2020, 10:40 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.
Danny Crichton / TechCrunch:
Leila Janah, founder and CEO of Samasource, an SF-based machine learning training data company with a large workforce in East Africa, dies at 37  —  The startup community has lost another moral leader today.  —  Leila Janah, a serial entrepreneur who was the CEO and founder …
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 …
Bruce Schneier / New York Times:
Anshika Jain / Counterpoint Research:
India's smartphone market surpassed the US, becoming the second-largest smartphone market globally, reaching 158M shipments in 2019, up 7% YoY  —  - realme (255%), Vivo (76%), Asus (67%) and OnePlus (29%) were the fastest-growing smartphone brands on an annual basis.
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Report: Samsung's upcoming foldable smartphone, possibly called Galaxy Z Flip, to use “Ultra Thin Glass” with a Dynamic AMOLED display underneath  —  Samsung is preparing to launch its second foldable smartphone next month, and if you can believe it, more leaks are coming out for the device.
Chris Smith / Trusted Reviews:
UK's science minister Chris Skidmore says the UK won't implement EU's Copyright Directive, which includes Article 13, after the country leaves the EU  —  One of the most intriguing aspects of Britain's departure from the European Union will be which elements of EU law will be dropped and retained …
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Times of India:
India-based Pine Labs, which offers POS services, raises an undisclosed round from Mastercard; source: the $100M-$150M round values the company at $1.5B-$1.6B  —  BENGALURU: Point-of-sales (PoS) services provider Pine Labs has raised a new round of funding from the global card network major Mastercard.
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:
Fossil Gen 5 review: best Wear OS watch yet with clever notification handling, good battery life, but hardware UX is unpredictable and phone can disconnect  —  A day's battery, solid performance and watch-first design makes Wear OS a much more attractive option

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A deep dive into Okta's stack  —  CircleCI CTO Rob Zuber interviews Okta President of Technology Hector Aguilar to talk through and draw the authentication engine that powers the web.

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