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January 28, 2020, 7:55 AM

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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.
Heather Stewart / The Guardian:
UK government announces it will allow Huawei to build non-core elements of Britain's 5G network but will ban the company from operating at sensitive sites  —  Chinese firm is designated ‘high-risk vendor’ but will be allowed to build non-core elements of UK 5G network
Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
As China tries to contain the coronavirus, the sheer volume of criticism of the government overwhelms censors and tests China's ability to control the narrative  —  The sheer volume of criticism of the government, and the sometimes clever ways that critics dodge censors, are testing Beijing's ability to control the narrative.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google says it will shut down App Maker, G Suite's low-code environment for building custom business apps, on January 19, 2021  —  Google today announced it is killing off yet another service: App Maker, G Suite's low-code environment for building custom business apps.
Danny Palmer / ZDNet:
UK government proposes new IoT rules: firms must tell consumers how long security updates will be provided, ship individual devices with unique passwords, more  —  Proposed laws from the UK for Internet of Things security and suggests vendors will need to follow new rules to be considered secure.
Azeem Azhar / Exponential View:
As Alphabet and Microsoft clamor for regulation of tech like facial recognition, potential new rules and their obstacles pose existential threats to startups  —  You couldn't have missed it.  The world's largest tech companies have started to clamour for regulation in this hugely under-regulated sector.
Reuters:
Sources: Turkey-backed hackers have used DNS hijacking to obtain login credentials, targeting ~30 EU and Middle East governments and organizations since 2018  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Sweeping cyberattacks targeting governments and other organizations in Europe and the Middle East are believed …
Geoffrey Fowler / Washington Post:
Facebook announces 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.
Alexa Pavliuc / Medium:
A visual analysis of six state-backed disinformation operations on Twitter, including from China and Russia, and how they have evolved over the last decade  —  Here's a bird's eye view of six state-backed information operations on Twitter, and how they evolved over the last decade.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
French startup ManoMano, which operates an e-commerce site for DIY, home improvement, and gardening products, raises $139M led by Temasek  —  French startup ManoMano is raising another mega round of funding.  The company operates an e-commerce website for DIY, home improvement and gardening products.

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Google AppMaker is closing its doors.  Welcome to Zoho Creator.  —  What happens when the product or service you run your business on closes down?  —  Google entered the low-code space with Appmaker, in 2016 …
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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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