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January 28, 2021, 4:01 PM

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Maggie Fitzgerald / CNBC:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Discord says r/WallStreetBets members have set up a new server and Discord is helping them with moderation and management of rapid growth  —  A surprising change of events  —  Discord is now helping the r/WallStreetBets team moderate its new server.  The company originally banned …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Webull and Public, which restricted transactions of some stocks, cite costs of settling the trades with Apex as the cause and have now removed all restrictions  —  Three of the popular retail stock market trading apps that have hosted much of the activity related to the Wall Street Bets subreddit-spurred run …
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
The Information:
Sources: Facebook is preparing an antitrust lawsuit against Apple for forcing developers to abide by App Store rules that Apple's own apps don't have to follow  —  A long-simmering public dispute between Facebook and Apple has neared a boiling point.  With the aid of outside legal counsel …
Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook tells EU data protection conference that valuing engagement over privacy leads to “polarization” and “violence” and such businesses need reform  —  Speaking at the EU data protection conference CPDP today, Tim Cook gave the opening keynote with his talk entitled …
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Facebook's Oversight Board issues first-ever rulings, which Facebook said it will abide by, overturning four out of the five cases it reviewed  —  Facebook's Oversight Board on Thursday issued its first round of decisions, overturning several of the company's decisions to remove posts …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook adds opt-in biometric fingerprint, face, or iris scan authentication for WhatsApp on desktop or web  —  WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned popular messaging app with more than 2 billion users, has been getting a lot of heat and losing users in recent weeks after announcing (and then delaying) changes to how it uses your data.
TechCrunch:
Apple says its App Tracking Transparency feature, which will be enabled by default, will roll out with iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and tvOS 14 updates in early spring  —  Apple has shared a few more details about its much-discussed privacy changes in iOS 14.  The company first announced at WWDC …
Michael McSweeney / The Block:
Coinbase officially announces its intent to become a public company via direct listing  —  Coinbase has made official its plan to go public by way of a direct listing, according to a blog post released Thursday by the U.S.-based crypto exchange.  —  “Coinbase Global, Inc. today announced …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Telegram launches a tool to let users import chat history from WhatsApp, Line, or KakaoTalk on Android and iOS  —  This year has seen a spike in interest for secure messaging apps and one of our favorites, Telegram, is seizing the oppurtunity.  With its latest update, Telegram is introducing …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: WeWork is in talks to merge with a SPAC at a valuation of around $10B, more than a year after its high-profile failure to launch an IPO  —  A deal could value the company at some $10 billion  —  WeWork is in talks to combine with a special-purpose acquisition company …
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
IDC says Apple has shipped 90.1M iPhones in Q1, the largest number of shipments in a single quarter since IDC started tracking smartphones  —  - The iPhone is booming: Sales were up 17% year-over-year to a whopping $65.6 billion in a single quarter.  — Research firm IDC estimates …
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
YouTube is testing the ability to make short clips, from 5 to 60 seconds, of livestreams or videos, starting today on desktop and Android devices  —  Another standard live-streaming feature makes its way over to the online video giant  —  YouTube is introducing clipping …
Danny Palmer / ZDNet:
Europol, the FBI, and other law enforcement agencies worldwide have seized control of malware botnet Emotet's infrastructure and disrupted it from the inside  —  Europol and FBI among agencies that have taken control of the botnet infrastructure used by cyber criminals behind some of the most prolific malware and ransomware attacks.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Gowalla, now resurrected as a social AR startup, raises a $4M seed round co-led by Google's venture arm GV and Spark Capital  —  The newly resurrected Gowalla wants to realize its mobile dreams from the early-aughts in an augmented reality world, and they've raised some new funding to make it happen.

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