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January 28, 2020, 4:00 PM

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Geoffrey Fowler / Washington Post:
Facebook says its Off-Facebook Activity tool, which lets users clear all the data passed onto Facebook by other apps and sites, is now available globally  —  The new ‘Off-Facebook Activity’ tool reminds us we're living in a reality TV program where the cameras are always on.
The Guardian:
UK government says it will let Huawei build non-core elements of Britain's 5G network but will ban the company from operating at sensitive sites  —  US sources say special relationship too important to jeopardise over Chinese tech firm  —  Boris Johnson appears to have averted …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Ten years after the iPad's launch, it has not come close to being revolutionary or living up to its potential because of its inconsistent multitasking software  —  Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs introduced the iPad on stage at the Yerba Buena theater in San Francisco.  It surprised everyone, in several ways.
Scott Stein / CNET:
Filmic's free DoubleTake iPhone app lets users shoot video from two cameras at once; it can simultaneously record two 1080p videos at 24, 25, or 30 fps  —  Your phone is studded with cameras.  You're probably only using one at a time, though.  That could change in the near future …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook shares proposed bylaws for its oversight board, which some have called a content moderation “supreme court”, that leave Facebook firmly in control  —  - In a 46-page document, Facebook outlined the powers and limitations of the board, stating that the company is committing …
Michael Kwet / The Intercept:
A look at the rise of vast AI-enabled video surveillance networks in US cities, which let private businesses and homes provide camera feeds to police HQs  —  There's widespread concern that video cameras will use facial recognition software to track our every public move.
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Advano, which builds battery components using scrap silicon for powerful and longer lasting batteries, raises $18.5M from investors, including Tony Fadell  —  Using scrap silicon as its feedstock, a New Orleans-based company called Advano has raised $18.5 million to manufacture battery components …
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Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Securiti.ai raises $50M Series B led by General Catalyst to modernize data governance, a pain point that's intensifying with the rise of GDPR-style regulations  —  Securiti.ai, a San Jose startup, is working to bring a modern twist to data governance and security.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Directly, which helps companies train chatbots by crowdsourcing experts and analyzing usage, raises $20M, led by Samsung NEXT, at a $100M+ valuation  —  Chatbots have had a patchy track record world of tech, where early efforts not only failed to deliver on the magical idea of a computer producing …

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