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January 27, 2021, 7:10 AM

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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 …
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 …
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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 for enabling content creators to turn the smartphone into an external monitor, shipping now for $2,499.99  —  Sony announced today its newest 5G smartphone with an HDMI input, the first of its kind to include that feature.
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Plex is launching game subscription service Plex Arcade, starting at $3 per month, which features classic Atari games and requires users run a Plex media server  —  Games: the final frontier  —  Plex, well known as a service for streaming movies, music, and TV shows from your own computer …
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 …
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 …
Tiernan Ray / ZDNet:
AMD reports Q4 revenue of $3.24B, up 53% YoY, with its Enterprise, Embedded, and Semi-Custom segment revenue up 176% YoY to $1.28B  —  AMD's first-quarter revenue forecast of $3.1 billion to $3.3 billion is as much as six hundred million higher than analysts' expectations.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
In letter to creators, CEO Susan Wojcicki says YouTube has paid more than $30B to creators, artists, and media organizations over the last three years  —  The company still has work to do with creator transparency  —  YouTube has paid out more than $30 billion to creators, artists …
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.
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Intel launches its first Iris Xe desktop graphics cards targeting SMBs and mainstream PCs, after debuting its Iris Xe Max laptop cards in October  —  Intel's first desktop GPUs in 20 years aren't designed for gaming just yet  —  Intel is launching its first Iris Xe desktop graphics cards today.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Calendly, a popular meeting scheduling service, raises $350M from OpenView Venture Partners and Iconiq at a $3B+ valuation  —  We're all meeting virtually, and Calendly has raised $350M to help us plan and track it all  —  One big theme in tech right now is the rise of services …
Ellen Huet / Bloomberg:
A look at content moderation on Clubhouse, where discussions have included homophobia, anti-Semitism, harassment, and the like, as media increases its scrutiny  —  When Clubhouse, a private social app, debuted in March of last year, it was hard for most people to score an invitation.
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:
ClassDojo, a school communications app for teachers, students and families, raises $30M, says it became profitable in 2019, and tripled its revenue in 2020  —  ClassDojo's first eight years as an edtech consumer startup could look like failure: zero revenue; no paid users; and a team that hasn't aggressively grown in years.
Alex C. Engler / Fast Company:
Algorithmic audits alone won't provide the accountability needed for AI systems because they lack the necessary market incentives and real government oversight  —  Controversial AI company HireVue implied that an external audit showed its algorithms had no bias.  But a look at the audit itself tells a different story.

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