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January 27, 2021, 11:05 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Reddit's r/WallStreetBets, which helped push GameStop stock to record levels in recent days, is now turning its attention to AMC stock, which is up 200%  —  An online tug of war continues  —  Reddit traders who have successfully profited off GameStop (GME) stock are now turning their attention to struggling movie theater chain AMC.
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
In today's iOS 14.4 update, Apple fixes three 0-days, tipped by an anonymous researcher, and acknowledges a report that they may have been exploited in the wild  —  Fixes come after Apple patched another set of three zero-days last November.  —  Apple has released today security updates …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
New docs from Epic vs. Apple lawsuit reveal internal Apple discussions on fees to charge paid TV and streaming channels and how that may affect the App Store  —  In Apple and Epic's ongoing court battle over App Store fees, one of the key sticking points has been Apple's insistence on maintaining …
Microsoft:
Microsoft reports Q2 net income of $15.5B, up 33% YoY, Intelligent Cloud revenue of $14.6B, up 23% YoY, More Personal Computing revenue of $15.1B, up 14% YoY  —  Microsoft Cloud Strength Drives Second Quarter Results REDMOND, Wash. — January 26, 2021 — Microsoft Corp. today announced …
Thomas Wilde / GeekWire:
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Twitter announces it is opening up its full tweet archive to academic researchers for free and ups the monthly tweet volume cap for approved applicants to 10M  —  To help researchers better study online discourse and platform trends  —  Twitter on Tuesday announced a significant shift …
Jay Bonggolto / Neowin:
Sony announces Xperia Pro 5G, which has an HDMI input that lets content creators turn the smartphone into an external monitor, shipping now for $2,500  —  Sony announced today its newest 5G smartphone with an HDMI input, the first of its kind to include that feature.
Jai Vardhan / Entrackr:
Sources: ByteDance has decided to wrap up its India operations and is laying off 90%, or over 1,800 employees, following India's permanent ban on TikTok  —  Bytedance has decided to wrap up its India operations and is cutting a large chunk of its employee base citing an absence of a clear direction …
Ryan Gallagher / Bloomberg:
Profile of PE firm Francisco Partners, whose portfolio includes companies like Sandvine and NSO Group, which have both pursued deals with authoritarian regimes  —  Don Bowman, co-founder of Sandvine Inc., was always aware of the risks his company's products posed.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Firefox 85 launches with network partitioning, a new feature to block supercookies by partitioning Firefox's browser cache on a per-website basis  —  Firefox now joins Chrome and Edge, both of which removed support for Flash earlier this month.  —  Mozilla has released today Firefox 85 …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Splashtop, a remote access and support service for businesses, raises $50M led by Sapphire Ventures at a $1B valuation  —  Splashtop, a remote access and support platform for businesses, has raised $50 million in a round of funding led by Sapphire Ventures, valuing the company at $1 billion.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Google announces it is shutting down internal development of Tilt Brush VR and is open sourcing it, a month after shutting down Poly, a 3D object library  —  As Facebook and Apple begin to fire up more projects in the AR/VR world, Google has spent the last year shutting down most of their existing projects in that space.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Counterpoint and CyberMedia say that Apple has shipped 1.5M iPhone units in India last quarter, doubling its market share in the country to 4%  —  When Apple reports its earnings on Wednesday, you can expect mentions of India on the call.  —  Apple shipped more than 1.5 million iPhone units …
Anna Kramer / Protocol:
Profile of Tracy Chou, diversity activist and founder of Block Party, which lets users filter out trolling and harassing Tweets so they can be reviewed later  —  When Tracy Chou decided to host a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” about online harassment over the summer, she knew it probably …
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Telegram, which helped fuel democracy movements in Iran and Belarus, faces scrutiny as far-right extremists flock to it amid crackdowns by Facebook and Twitter  —  The app has helped fuel democracy movements in Iran and Belarus but now faces scrutiny as extremists and conspiracy theorists flock …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Playvox, which makes software to monitor quality of customer service, raises $25M Series A from Five Elms, and acquires Agyle Time, a workforce monitoring tool  —  It's not every day you see a Latin American startup funded by a U.S. venture capital firm based in the midwest.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Lynk, which uses AI to connect clients, like governments, with 840K+ experts in a variety of fields, raises $24M, bringing its total raised to $30M  —  Lynk, a “knowledge-as-a-service” platform that connects clients with over 840,000 experts in a wide range of fields, announced today …

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