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January 12, 2021, 2:50 PM

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Nick Statt / The Verge:
WhatsApp clarifies its new data sharing policy, which relates mostly to businesses, following a backlash and recent surge of Telegram and Signal  —  The company is trying to contain fallout over a privacy policy update  —  WhatsApp has published a new FAQ page to its website outlining …
Alex Heath / The Information:
Memo: following its Trump ban, Facebook has told employees to avoid wearing company-branded apparel in public as it might put staff at risk  —  Facebook on Monday told employees to avoid wearing or carrying company-branded clothing and other items in public following the company's suspension …
Twitter:
Twitter says it has suspended over 70K accounts involved in spreading harmful QAnon-associated content since Friday  —  Following the horrific events in Washington, DC, last week, here are some of the steps we've taken to protect the conversation on our service from attempts to incite violence …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
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Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
Nvidia unveils RTX 3060, 3070, and 3080 GPUs, suited for mobile gaming, and says laptops with the RTX 3070 and 3080 will start rolling out this month  —  Nvidia's Ampere architecture is going mobile.  The company revealed its plans and partnerships to bring GeForce RTX 30-series GPUs to more than 70 laptops throughout 2021.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD unveils its Ryzen 5000 Series, 8-core x86 chips for gaming laptops and thin-and-light notebooks coming in February, and third-gen Epyc server chips  —  Advanced Micro Devices showed off some impressive Ryzen 5000 mobile processors today and teased the performance of its 3rd Gen Epyc server chips.
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
A look at those unlucky enough to forget the password to access their bitcoin; Chainalysis says 20% of all bitcoin, or ~$140B, appears to be lost or stranded  —  Bitcoin owners are getting rich because the cryptocurrency has soared.  But what happens when you can't tap that wealth …
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Intel previews 14nm Rocket Lake Core i9-11900K, its next consumer flagship processor, coming in Q1, promising up to 50% better integrated graphics performance  —  Spending five generations on the same base microarchitecture is a long time.  The excitement can be sustained through optimizing a process node …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
House Democrats plan to investigate the role of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media in the Capitol riot as part of broad inquiry into disinformation  —  House Democrats are planning to look into social media's role in Capitol riot as part of a broad disinformation inquiry.
Shibani Mahtani / Washington Post:
Chinese authorities are ramping up the use of digital tools to clamp down on Hong Kong activists, including website blocking, as some fear broader surveillance  —  HONG KONG — The police officers who came to take away Owen Chow on national security grounds last week left little to chance.
More: Reuters
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
Spanish gamer David “TheGrefg” Martínez had 2M+ concurrent viewers on Twitch watching him reveal Icon series Fortnite skin, breaking the previous record of 635K  —  Smashing all previous records  —  Spanish streamer and EU Heretics team owner David “TheGrefg” …

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