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January 27, 2020, 2:15 AM

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Shannon Liao / CNN:
Inside game streaming wars, where Ninja reportedly got paid $20M to $30M to move to Mixer and streamers with 10K concurrent views on Twitch can get $10M+ offers  —  New York (CNN Business)When Jeremy Wang started streaming on Twitch in 2016, he was an unknown twenty-something with a few coding internships under his belt.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
With the launch of Razr pre-orders, Motorola released a video “Caring for razr”, which says “Screen is made to bend; bumps and lumps are normal”  —  Pre-sale begins today  —  Today's the day that the Motorola Razr is available for pre-sale for $1499, exclusively on Verizon.
Eric Niiler / Wired:
Profile of BlueDot, which uses AI to sift through news reports in 65 languages to detect and warn about infectious disease outbreaks like Wuhan Virus  —  The BlueDot algorithm scours news reports and airline ticketing data to predict the spread of diseases like those linked to the flu outbreak in China.
Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:
The protest of Amazon's business practices by 340+ staff openly challenges Amazon after two employees say they were threatened with firing over climate activism  —  Amazon employees are responding to threats of termination for their climate advocacy by intentionally violating the company's corporate communications policy.
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Angela Strange / Andreessen Horowitz:
Fintech startups tackling every layer of banking stack, from core tech to KYC/AML, enable startups and companies like Apple to start adding financial services  —  This is an abbreviated version of a presentation I gave live at the a16z Summit in November 2019.  You can watch a video version on YouTube.
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
US mobile app subscription revenue jumped 21% in 2019 to $4.6B across the top 100 subscription apps in the Google Play and App Store  —  Outside of in-app purchases in mobile games, subscription revenue from non-game apps helped to boost 2019's mobile consumer spend — a figure …
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.

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