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January 15, 2021, 8:55 AM

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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’
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
After Facebook and Twitter suspended Trump's account, activists and human rights groups have urged the companies to apply their policies evenly around the world  —  Human rights groups and activists have spent years urging the companies to do more to remove content that encouraged violence.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Samsung unveils $799 Galaxy S21, $999 Galaxy S21+, and $1,199 Galaxy S21 Ultra, available now to preorder 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 …
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Mike Stone / Reuters:
The Trump admin adds Xiaomi, along with 8 other Chinese firms, to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, forcing US investors to divest by Nov. 11  —  The Trump administration on Thursday added nine Chinese firms to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Kuo: 14" and 16" MacBook Pros coming in 2021 with Apple Silicon, MagSafe charging, no Touch Bar, new design with squared-off sides and more built-in IO ports  —  Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today released some interesting details about the upcoming MacBook Pro.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Apple has removed a controversial feature in macOS 11.2 beta 2 that allowed its own apps to bypass third-party firewalls, security tools, and VPNs  —  The ContentFilterExclusionList has been removed in macOS 11.2 beta 2.  —  Apple has removed a controversial feature from the macOS operating system …
Kate Clark / The Information:
Source: Sequoia Capital recently bought shares of online automation firm Zapier from its founders on the secondary market, with the sale valuing Zapier at $4B+  —  Zapier isn't a household name in Silicon Valley, but the world's top venture capitalists have long been trying to own a piece of the booming enterprise software firm.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
X1 Card, which offers a credit card with limits based on current and future income instead of credit score, raises $12M funding round led by Spark Capital  —  X1 Card is raising a $12 million funding round.  The company is building a credit card that sets limits based on your current and future income, not your credit score.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
TSMC says it will raise capital expenditures to between $25B and $28B in 2021, an increase of at least 47% YoY  —  The world's biggest contract chip maker plans to boost capex by at least 47% in 2021  —  Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. , a key chip supplier to Apple Inc. …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
New research outlines how insights into thriving public spaces in the physical world can help social media platforms in building healthy online communities  —  Or: 14 ways to rebuild your hell site  —  In the aftermath of the Great Deplatforming of the past week, we've seen a thoughtful debate …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Nayya, which uses AI to help guide employees in selecting a health plan offered by their employers, raises $11M Series A led by Felicis Ventures  —  Nayya, an insurance benefits management platform, today announced it has closed $11 million in a series A round led by Felicis Ventures.
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