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January 14, 2021, 3:30 PM

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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Samsung unveils $799 Galaxy S21, $999 Galaxy S21 Plus, and $1,199 Galaxy S21 Ultra, available to preorder on January 14 and launching on January 29  —  Samsung's latest flagships are here: the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra.  The first two — which start at $799 and $999 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Samsung announces Galaxy SmartTag, a $29.99 Tile competitor that works only with Samsung Galaxy devices, available on January 29  —  It uses Bluetooth Low Energy and will arrive on January 29th  —  Alongside the new Galaxy S21 phones and Galaxy Buds Pro, Samsung is announcing …
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Rick Osterloh / The Keyword:
Google completes Fitbit acquisition, vows to protect users' privacy, says “deal has always been about devices, not data”  —  Google has completed its acquisition of Fitbit.  Together, we can make health and wellness more accessible to more people.
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Jack Dorsey says Trump ban was the right decision for Twitter but reflects a “failure” to promote healthy conversation and sets a dangerous precedent  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey explained in a tweetstorm that the company faced an ‘extraordinary and untenable circumstance’
New York Times:
Review of public posts of dozens of Facebook users sharing extreme right-wing views shows how Facebook rewards their lies and helped incubate the insurrection  —  Right-wing influencers embraced extremist views, and Facebook rewarded them.  —  Mr. Thompson is a writer and editor in Opinion.
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Sandberg deflected blame for Capitol riot, but fliers and hashtags promoting the pro-Trump rally circulated on Facebook and Instagram weeks beforehand  —  Fliers and hashtags promoting the pro-Trump rally circulated on Facebook and Instagram in the days and weeks beforehand
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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Axios says it will launch AxiosHQ, which lets companies write internal memos styled like Axios newsletters, next month, starting at $10K a year  —  AxiosHQ communications platform to launch with Delta Air Lines and AT&T among early customers  —  Punchy news startup Axios is betting …
Sam Shead / CNBC:
A group of health and tech companies, including Microsoft, Salesforce, and Oracle, says it is developing a digital COVID-19 vaccination “passport”  —  - A digital Covid vaccination passport is being jointly developed by a group of health and technology companies who anticipate that governments …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
A leak of a near-final version of Windows 10X shows a strong similarity to Chrome OS, with the Start button centered on the taskbar, lack of Live Tiles, more  —  A new lightweight version of Windows to take on Chromebooks  —  After years of waiting, it looks like Microsoft now has a true answer to Chrome OS.
Sarah Emerson / OneZero :
The far-right is flocking to MeWe, a privacy-focused Facebook alternative that has Tim Berners-Lee on its board, with membership growing to 15M in recent months  —  ‘Have you tried to moderate 15 million people?’  MeWe founder Mark Weinstein told OneZero  —  'm an American who is sick …
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
New research details iOS and Android issues that may allow third parties and law enforcement to access user data and suggests mitigation techniques  —  New research has dug into the openings that iOS and Android security provide for anyone with the right tools.
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
In an interview, Parler CEO John Matze says he is not sure whether the social network will ever return after being cut off by service providers  —  (Reuters) - Social media platform Parler, which has gone dark after being cut off by major service providers that accused the app of failing …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Ring says it has fixed a security flaw in its Neighbors app that was exposing the precise locations and home addresses of users who had posted to the app  —  A security flaw in Ring's Neighbors app was exposing the precise locations and home addresses of users who had posted to the app.
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
After denouncing Trump's social media bans, Poland says it plans to make it illegal for tech companies to take similar actions in the country  —  Following Trump's Twitter ban, Polish government wants to protect posts that do not break nation's laws  —  Polish government officials …
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Axios:
Silicon Valley's leading lobby, the Internet Association, is struggling to manage the competing interests of member companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon  —  Silicon Valley's leading lobby, the Internet Association, is struggling to manage the competing interests of the companies …
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The Guardian:
Audio and chat logs of walkie-talkie app Zello reveal some Capitol rioters communicated via the app; Zello says it has now deleted 2K+ militia-related channels  —  Audio and chat logs show insurrectionists communicated via the app, which has avoided proactive content moderation

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