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January 28, 2020, 2:00 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  —  Foreign secretary tells MPs government will introduce strict limits on Chinese firm designated ‘high-risk vendor’  —  Heather Stewart Political editor and Dan Sabbagh
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 …
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.
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.
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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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 …
Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg:
Profile of Miranda Sissons, hired by Facebook last November as its first human rights chief, as Facebook struggles with waves of online hate against minorities  —  The company has hired a respected expert to help stem the spread of online violence.  Can she change the world's largest social network?
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Congress sends Sundar Pichai letter requesting YouTube address four concerns on climate misinformation by Feb. 7, including removing videos from recommendations  —  - Climate Committee Chair Kathy Castor penned a letter to Google, requesting the company take action against disinformation related to climate change.

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