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December 29, 2020, 2:45 PM

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Reed Albergotti / Washington Post:
Leaked docs: Lens, a supplier for Apple, Tesla, Amazon, used alleged forced Uighur labor; Apple says it has confirmed its suppliers have not used forced labor  —  New documents show Lens Technology, which makes iPhone glass and is owned by China's richest woman, received Uighur Muslim laborers transferred from Xinjiang.
Reed Albergotti / Washington Post:
Federal judge dismisses Apple lawsuit accusing mobile device virtualization company Corellium of violating copyright law for its software that runs iOS on PCs  —  Corellium helps customers find bugs in Apple's mobile operating system.  Apple aimed to shut it down.
CoinDesk:
Coinbase says it will suspend trading of XRP on January 19, 2021, following the SEC's suit against Ripple  —  Coinbase said it will suspend trading of XRP, the cryptocurrency the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claimed last week is really a security.
Bloomberg:
Source: Ant Group is planning to fold its financial operations into a holding company that could be regulated more like a bank  —  - Financial units face stricter regulation in planned structure  — Lifestyle businesses to be excluded from holding company
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Police rely heavily on car sensor and infotainment system data, including GPS and call records, to challenge alibis, thanks to looser privacy standards for cars  —  On June 26, 2017, the lifeless body of Ronald French, a bearded auto mechanic with once-twinkling eyes, was mysteriously found in a cornfield in Kalamazoo County, Michigan.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Graphcore, which designs chips designed for AI workloads, raises $222M Series E led by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan at a $2.77B post-money valuation  —  Applications based on artificial intelligence — whether they are systems running autonomous services, platforms being used …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
CommonGround, a stealth startup aiming to debut a product in 2021 that rethinks online communication with “4D collaboration”, raises $19M led by Matrix Partners  —  CommonGround, a startup developing technology for what its founders describe as “4D collaboration,” is announcing that it has raised $19 million in funding.
Bloomberg:
Sources detail Reliance Industries' plans for 2021 after raising $27B this year: support for 5G, integration of WhatsApp payments into its services, and more  —  - Asia's richest man is trying to transform his business empire  — 5G, WhatsApp integration, energy unit deal are 2021 priorities

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