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February 6, 2020, 2:50 PM

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Dane Glasgow / The Keyword:
Google Maps turns 15 and updates its app with five tabs: Explore, Commute, Saved, Contribute, and Updates, new transit features, and more  —  In 2005, we set out to map the world.  Since then we've pushed the limits of what a map can do: from helping you easily navigate from point A to B …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Report: Apple shipped 30.7M Watches worldwide in 2019, up 36% YoY, outselling the entire Swiss watch industry, which shipped 21.1M units, down 13% YoY  —  The Apple Watch continues to dominate the market  —  The Apple Watch wasn't just the best-selling smartwatch last year …
David Kirton / Reuters:
Sources: Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo are creating a platform to let developers outside China upload apps onto all of their app stores simultaneously  —  SHENZHEN, China (Reuters) - China's Xiaomi, Huawei Technologies, Oppo and Vivo are joining forces to create a platform for developers outside China …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Huawei is suing Verizon, accusing it of using 12 patents relating to its network technology without authorization  —  US carrier accused of using 12 patents without authorization  —  Huawei has announced that it's suing Verizon for alleged patent violations, marking the latest twist …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Q4: revenue of $1.01B, up 11% YoY, net income of $119M, down from $255M in Q4 2018, monetizable DAU of 152M compared to 126M a year ago; stock up 15%+  —  As Twitter continues to try to find the right balance between making its platform easier to use while also less prone to toxicity and abuse …
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
SEC commissioner proposes a three-year grace period from a startup's first token sale to achieving a level of decentralization sufficient to pass SEC evaluation  —  SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce wants to give legitimate crypto projects a shot at success without running afoul of U.S. securities laws.
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
Nuro receives a two-year driverless exemption for its new delivery vehicle called R2 and says it is the first company to receive such an exemption from NHTSA  —  Nuro, the autonomous delivery startup that raised $940 million in financing from Softbank Vision Fund last year …
Robert Heaton:
Software engineer finds that Wacom drawing tablets track the name of every application opened on a user's computer and send the data to Google Analytics  —  Chapter 1: The discovery  —  I have a Wacom drawing tablet.  I use it to draw cover illustrations for my blog posts, such as this one:
Maddie Stone / VICE:
Lawyers and repair advocates say Apple's contract for its independent repair provider program is onerous for shops and invasive for consumers  —  Last August, in what was widely hailed a victory for the right-to-repair movement, Apple announced it would begin selling parts, tools …
Linda Kinstler / protocol:
An in-depth look at the role of ethicists within tech companies, spurred by scandals like Cambridge Analytica, and their somewhat limited power to effect change  —  Fifty-two floors below the top of Salesforce Tower, I meet Paula Goldman in a glass-paneled conference room where the words EQUALITY OFFICE …
The Information:
Sources: Amazon has considered selling Twitch's live-streaming technology to other companies as a service  —  Twitch hasn't turned into the advertising powerhouse Amazon might have expected when it bought the live-streaming gaming service in 2014.  But Amazon may have found a new way to generate …
VICE:
Pornhub claims it has systems in place to flag harmful videos like Girls Do Porn but an investigation finds even light editing allows such videos to be uploaded  —  On May 1, 2016, in the middle of final exams, a young woman got a text message that would change her life forever.
Biz Carson / protocol:
Sweat Equity Ventures, which trades operational and recruiting expertise for equity instead of cash, launches publicly, backed by $30M from Reid Hoffman  —  Launching from stealth, Sweat Equity Ventures is a new venture concept that trades operational and recruiting expertise for equity in startups.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: EU antitrust investigators have deepened their inquiry and sought internal Facebook documents related to alleged efforts to squash potential rivals  —  Authorities have sought documents related to allegations that company leveraged access to user data to stifle competition
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple adds universal purchases for iOS and macOS apps to the Xcode 11.4 beta, letting developers bundle apps  —  The new Xcode 11.4 beta update, released today alongside the iOS 13.4, tvOS 13.4 and macOS Catalina 10.15.4 betas, includes support for universal purchases …
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says Chrome's ad blocker will expand to target disruptive video ads in August, including long pre-roll ads, mid-roll ads, and overlays ads on video  —  Last year, Google made Chrome's standards-backed ad blocker fully available around the world.  The Better Ads Standards today announced a …

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