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January 24, 2021, 9:45 PM

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Clubhouse:
Clubhouse raises a new round of funding led by a16z, says it has 180+ investors, will test options for paying creators and soon begin work on an Android app  —  Clubhouse is moving quickly today, but in some ways it feels like the journey started a long time ago.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple warns magnets in iPhone 12 models and MagSafe devices may affect pacemakers and should be kept at least 6" away from medical devices or 12" while charging  —  Since the launch of iPhone 12 models in October, Apple has acknowledged that the devices may cause electromagnetic interference …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
In an interview, Waymo CEO dismissed Tesla as a competitor and argued that Tesla's current strategy, without lidar, wouldn't produce a fully self-driving system  —  Elon Musk and John Krafcik have very different theories about driverless tech.  —  Many Tesla fans view the electric carmaker …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Hacker leaks data of 2.28M+ users of dating site MeetMindful, including real names, Facebook user IDs, email addresses, and geolocation information  —  Data belongs to dating site MeetMindful and includes everything from real names to Facebook account tokens, and from email addresses and geo-location information.
Julia Fioretti / Bloomberg:
Source: Kuaishou Technology, ByteDance's main rival in China, is seeking to raise as much as $5.4B through an IPO in Hong Kong and is slated to list on Feb. 5  —  - ByteDance's rival attracts cornerstone investors including GIC  — Kuaishou could be valued at $60.9 billion at top-end pricing
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Nikkei Asia:
After Huawei spinoff, Honor confirms partnerships with key chip suppliers such as AMD, Intel, Qualcomm, and MediaTek, launches new smartphone and notebooks  —  Smartphone maker unveils first handset since splitting from China tech titan  —  TAIPEI — Honor, the former budget smartphone arm …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Uber laid off ~185 Postmates staff, about 15% of the division's workforce; sources: most Postmates execs including CEO Bastian Lehmann will leave the company  —  The layoffs include most of the executive team at Postmates, the food delivery app that Uber bought last year.
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.
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 …

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