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January 14, 2021, 11:50 AM

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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 …
David Carnoy / CNET:
Samsung announces Galaxy Buds Pro with a new design, active noise cancelation, an Ambient mode, and 360 Audio, available now for $200  —  The latest earbuds from Samsung feature active noise canceling and a totally new design. … While most of the details of Samsung's …
Cherlynn Low / Engadget:
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’
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Snapchat says it will permanently ban Trump's account on January 20 in the interest of public safety and based on repeated violations of Snapchat's guidelines  —  Snapchat will permanently ban President Trump's account on Jan. 20, Axios has learned, after locking it indefinitely last week following the Capitol siege.
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
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.
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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 …
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 …
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.
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
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Airbnb says it is canceling and blocking reservations made for the week of Biden's inauguration in the Washington, DC metro area  —  - Airbnb is canceling and blocking future reservations in the Washington, D.C., metro area during the week of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, the company said Wednesday.
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.
Gené Teare / Crunchbase News:
Global VC report 2020: overall funding rose 4% YoY to ~$300B, despite a slow Q1, with ~$13.6B seed, $88.4B early-stage, and $198.4B late-stage and growth  —  Startups closed out 2020 in a much stronger position than the one they started the year in, with global venture funding up 4 percent year over year to $300 billion.
Reuters:
PayPal has become the first foreign operator with 100% control of a payment platform in China, after buying the remaining 30% stake in GoPay on December 31  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - PayPal Holding Inc has become the first foreign operator with 100% control of a payment platform in China …

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