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January 2, 2021, 11:10 AM

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Katie Paul / Reuters:
Rob Leathern, Facebook's chief of advertising integrity who handled ad products around sensitive subjects, says he left the company on December 30  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's chief of advertising integrity, who handled the company's ad products around sensitive subjects such as politics …
Max Zimmerman / Bloomberg:
NYSE says it will delist three Chinese companies, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, on January 7 to comply with a US EO imposing restrictions  —  The New York Stock Exchange said it will delist three Chinese companies to comply with a U.S. executive order that imposed restrictions …
Coco Feng / South China Morning Post:
China's Zhejiang province, home to companies like Alibaba and NetEase, has approved the country's first regional law focusing on public data and digital economy  —  The legislation was hailed by tech leaders as a milestone for the ‘governing the digital industry according to the law’ Zhejiang's …
Siva Vaidhyanathan / New Republic:
Criticism of Facebook must move beyond content moderation issues; the effort to invent and invest in public cultural institutions should be our focus instead  —  Every day, a Twitter account run by Kevin Roose, a technology reporter for The New York Times, posts a list of the top 10 sources …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Microsoft says SolarWinds hackers were able to view some of its source code by hacking into an employee account but were unable to modify code or access emails  —  The hackers gained more access than the company previously revealed, though the attackers were unable to modify code or access emails.
Reuters:
Huawei removes and then reinstates Tencent games on its app store after a dispute over revenue sharing; source: Huawei insisted on receiving a 50% cut  —  HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Tencent's online games were removed and then reinstated on Huawei's app store on Friday in a dispute over revenue sharing by the Chinese companies.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
A look at the tech companies and people that helped with issues from COVID-19 to wildfires to Black Lives Matter in 2020  —  This year, technology firms big and small stepped up to help with the Covid-19 pandemic and other thorny challenges.  —  Some years, I have to dig deep to come …
Wall Street Journal:
Top nine streaming services to end 2020 with combined US subscribers up 50%+ YoY; US households now subscribe to 3.1 services on average, up from 2.7 in 2019  —  From Hulu to Disney+, largest streaming services are expected to end the year with 50% more U.S. subscribers
William C. Gustafson / GitHub:
Developer of Amphetamine, which has been on the Mac App Store since 2014 and has 400K+ downloads, says Apple is threatening to remove the app due to its name  —  Amphetamine is a free app that helps keep your Mac awake.  Amphetamine has been on the Mac App Store since 2014 and it's been downloaded over 432,800 times.
Alice Gledhill / Bloomberg:
Bitcoin crosses $30K to reach an all-time high, after growing almost 50% in December  —  Bitcoin, the world's largest cryptocurrency, topped $30,000 for the first time, just weeks after passing another major milestone.  —  The currency gained almost 6% on Saturday to reach nearly $31,000 …

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