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January 24, 2021, 1:50 PM

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Clubhouse has secured a new round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, says it now has over 180 investors in the company  —  Clubhouse is moving quickly today, but in some ways it feels like the journey started a long time ago.  The two of us met back in 2011 through a mutual friend …
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Crispian Balmer / Reuters:
Italy tells TikTok to block all unverified user accounts after a 10-year-old girl dies while allegedly participating in the “blackout challenge” on the app  —  ROME (Reuters) - The Italian data privacy watchdog ordered video app TikTok on Friday to block the accounts of any users …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
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Dana Hull / Bloomberg:
As Starlink builds out its satellite constellation, it is enjoying a very warm reception from the early adopters of its internet service in remote areas  —  - SpaceX's satellite-based service wins over some early adopters  — Coverage so far includes rural areas in U.S., Canada and U.K.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Microsoft backtracks on price hike for Xbox Live Gold subscriptions announced Friday and says free-to-play games will also no longer require a Gold subscription  —  Free-to-play games will also no longer require a Gold subscription  —  Microsoft has reversed its controversial Xbox Live price increase.
Dave Gershgorn / OneZero :
Research: GPT-3 frequently creates sentences associating Muslims with shooting, bombs, murder, and violence, a bias OpenAI acknowledged upon its public release  —  OpenAI disclosed the problem on GitHub — but released GPT-3 anyway  —  Last week, a group of researchers from Stanford …
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
A look at the current state of industrial and service robotics, a century after the Czech play “R.U.R.” introduced the word “robot” to the English language  —  A century after playwright Karel Čapek coined the word ‘robot,’ we finally have the technology …
Conor Hale / FierceBiotech:
Philips acquired Capsule Technologies, a provider of data platforms to connect all medical devices and record systems within a hospital, for $635M in cash  —  Philips has moved to acquire Capsule Technologies—a provider of data platforms that aim to connect all of the medical devices …

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