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January 26, 2021, 8:00 AM

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NBC News:
Twitter debuts Birdwatch, in testing since last year, which lets select users flag and add notes about tweets they think are misleading or false  —  Twitter unveiled a feature Monday meant to bolster its efforts to combat misinformation and disinformation by tapping users in a fashion similar …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Twitter acquires newsletter publishing company Revue; the five-year-old Dutch company has six employees and has raised ~$318K  —  Twitter on Tuesday said it has acquired Revue, a newsletter platform for writers and publishers.  —  Why it matters: The deal marks Twitter's first step …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Sources: Signal's rapid growth following WhatsApp privacy changes has raised concerns from Signal staff who worry the service's new features will be misused  —  SHARE All sharing options  —  On January 6th, WhatsApp users around the world began seeing a pop-up message notifying …
Apple:
Adam Weidemann / The Keyword:
Google Threat Analysis Group details a suspected North Korean specialized campaign targeting infosec researchers with fake profiles, blogs and backdoor software  —  Over the past several months, the Threat Analysis Group has identified an ongoing campaign targeting security researchers working …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook News launches in the UK, partners with Axel Springer and Samsung-owned Upday for curation; announces new partnerships and payments for some publishers  —  As the United Kingdom prepares to sharpen its focus on how it regulates big tech companies, Facebook is taking a big step …
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Twitter unveils a new “standalone, flexible” open source text editor API for iOS developers, similar to what's used in tweet and Fleet composers on its iOS app  —  Twitter announced today a new “standalone, flexible” open source API for iOS developers that provides a text editor for apps …
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Wired:
A look at r/WallStreetBets, a 2M-member subreddit that helped push GameStop's stock to record highs and is now facing allegations of harassment  —  The denizens of the WallStreetBets subreddit helped push the flailing stock to dizzying heights—while a short seller alleged an accompanying harassment campaign.
New York Times:
Norwegian Data Protection Authority fines Grindr ~$11.7M for disclosing user location data to advertisers and effectively tagging users as LGBTQ without consent  —  The Norwegian Data Protection Authority said on Monday that it would fine Grindr, the world's most popular gay dating app …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
W3C, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, and others launch Open Web Docs, a new project for Web API documentation that will support MDN Docs following Mozilla's layoffs  —  Founding members include the W3C, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Samsung Coil, and Igalia  —  A coalition of tech companies announced today …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Instagram adds a new “professional dashboard” for creator and business accounts, a dedicated space for analytics, business tools, monetization features, more  —  Instagram is working on a new feature for business owners and influencers.  The app is adding a new “professional dashboard” …
Clubhouse:
Clubhouse raises Series B led by a16z, says it has 180+ investors, and will test options for paying creators and begin work on an Android app soon  —  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 …
Dan Primack / Axios:

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