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February 9, 2021, 7:45 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon is developing a wall-mounted Echo device with a large touchscreen that serves as a smart home control panel, video chat device, and media player  —  - Lab126 unit developing new device with touchscreen and Alexa  — Product to be thinner than Echo Show, come with video chat
Twitter - Investor Relations:
Twitter reports Q4 revenue of $1.29B, up 28% YoY, and average monetizable daily active usage growth of 27% YoY to 192M, net income of $222M, up from $119M YoY  —  Revenue Engagement Q4 was a strong finish to the year with revenue of $1.29 billion, up 28% year over year …
Bloomberg:
A look at how Tim Cook has transformed Apple after Jobs into a more diversified company and successfully deflected political pressure  —  Trade war?  Pfft.  Trump?  Please.  Antitrust?  Zuck's prob.  (Ditto privacy.)  Revenue?  Endless.
Mishaal Rahman / XDA Developers:
Leaked images purportedly show mockups of Android 12, including major UI changes, a privacy indicator, conversation widget, new themes, and more  —  Google is set to release its next major version of Android — Android 12 — later this year, following a series of Developer Previews and Betas …
Mikhail Klimentov / Washington Post:
Riot Games CEO Nicolas Laurent has been accused of gender-based harassment in a lawsuit filed by a former executive assistant who was terminated in July 2020  —  A lawsuit filed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court in January by Sharon O'Donnell, a former executive assistant at Riot Games …
Dexter Thomas / VICE:
Police officers in Beverly Hills have played licensed music while being filmed by citizens, seemingly in an effort to trigger social networks' copyright filters  —  Police officers in Beverly Hills have been playing music while being filmed, seemingly in an effort to trigger Instagram's copyright filters.
Ann-Marie Alcántara / Wall Street Journal:
Shopify is bringing its checkout and payment processing service, Shop Pay, to Instagram today and to Facebook Shops in the next few weeks  —  Customers will be able to use the system, called Shop Pay, to complete purchases on the social platforms  —  Shopify Inc., a commerce platform for businesses …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Salesforce says “the 9-to-5 workday is dead” and that after the pandemic most staff will work a flex schedule, going into the office 1-3 days per week  —  ‘It no longer makes sense to expect employees to work an eight-hour shift.’  —  Cloud computing company Salesforce is joining …
Nate Lanxon / Bloomberg:
London-based Nothing, a consumer electronics startup from a OnePlus co-founder working on wireless headphones, raises $15M from GV  —  - Nothing will release headphones, other products this year  — GV backs startup's ‘Series A’ funding round with $15 million
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Qualcomm unveils its next-gen X65 5G modem, likely to appear in phones in 2022, and says it can download data at 10Gbps speeds and offers better battery life  —  Qualcomm's new modem is here, it's blazing fast and it's not just for phones .  The Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System can download data …
Bloomberg:
CA DMV filing: Apple's self-driving cars topped 18,800 test miles in 2020, up from 7,544 in 2019, with disengagements every 145 miles, up from every 118 miles  —  - Apple vehicles drove farther in 2020 without disengagements  — Company won't launch its own consumer car for at least 5 years
Maggie Miller / The Hill:
Google expands its US election security efforts with free training for state campaigns, after providing Titan Security Keys to 140+ federal campaigns in 2020  —  Google announced Tuesday it is expanding its efforts around election security by providing free training to state and federal campaigns in all 50 states.
Matthew Gault / VICE:
Researchers: flaws in how some browsers cache favicons can lead to website visitors being tracked, even if they are in incognito mode or use script blockers  —  // Favicons can break through incognito mode, VPNs, and Pi-holes to track your movement online  —  Favicons are one of those things …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
SentinelOne, which analyzes security data using AI, acquires Scalyr, a high-speed logging startup, for $155M in stock and cash  —  SentinelOne, a late-stage security startup that helps customers make sense of security data using AI and machine learning, announced today that it is acquiring Scalyr,
Konrad Krasuski / Bloomberg:
Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt says it was hit by another ransomware attack, possibly leaking source code for upcoming games; stock drops as much as 6.3%  —  - Ransom note claims hacker obtained source codes of some games  — Attack doesn't appear to include gamers' data, CD Projekt says
Financial Times:
Researchers estimate that the NHS contact tracing app has prevented the transmissions of ~600K coronavirus infections in England and Wales  —  Study finds link in areas of England and Wales between high app usage and lower case numbers  —  The NHS contact-tracing app has prevented …
Gary Ng / iPhone in Canada Blog:
Prepear says it has “amicably resolved its trademark issue with Apple” and revised the logo for its recipe search app by changing the logo's leaf shape  —  Back in August 2020, iPhone in Canada reported on meal planner and grocery app, Prepear, and its trademark dispute with Apple.
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