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Biden Looks to Intel’s U.S. Investment to Buoy His China Agenda

New York Times | Jan. 21, 2022, 7:25 p.m.

The president said passage of a China competition bill was needed “for the sake of our economic competitiveness and our national security.”

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China’s SenseTime ponders future after US blacklisting

FT | Jan. 21, 2022, 7:01 p.m.

Xu Li has pulled off an IPO despite accusations facial recognition company enables human rights abuses

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Meta and Snap sued over allegedly contributing to 11-year-old's suicide - CNET

CNET | Jan. 21, 2022, 7 p.m.

A lawsuit alleges that the social media platforms "have invested billions of dollars to intentionally design their products to be addictive and encourage use that they know to be problematic."

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Apple reportedly removes education discount verification - CNET

CNET | Jan. 21, 2022, 6:49 p.m.

Just days after implementing tighter controls on its discounted education pricing, Apple has removed the third-party controls, according to a report.

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Amazon facing formal complaint from labor board over worker firing

The Verge | Jan. 21, 2022, 6:46 p.m.

The NLRB will issue a formal complaint against Amazon unless it settles a case with a fired worker | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The National Labor Relations Board is preparing to issue a complaint against Amazon alleging the company illegally fired a worker at one of its New York warehouses, unless the company settles the case first. At issue is whether Daequan Smith, an organizer with the newly-formed Amazon Labor Union (ALU), was fired for trying to organize.As first reported by Bloomberg, NLRB spokesperson Kayla Blado confirmed Friday that the agency’s regional director Kathy Drew King determined allegations by the ALU that Smith was fired illegally had merit and would issue a complaint if the case doesn’t settle. “The complaint would allege a discharge because of union and other protected concerted activities, among other allegations,” Blado said.Amazon didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment from The Verge. The ALU Is awaiting a hearing on its petition to hold a union election at four of Amazon’s warehouses in Staten Island. Smith was a worker at one of the Staten Island warehouses, and the ALU tweeted Friday that since his firing, Smith has been left homeless. The NLRB has the authority to reinstate workers fired for organizing, but it’s not yet clear whether it would do so in this case. The NLRB ordered Amazon to redo a union election at its warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, after finding the company interfered in the first election in April 2021. That redo, which will be carried out by mail and supervised by the NLRB, begins February 4th.

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Google asks a judge to dismiss Texas antitrust lawsuit about its ad business

TechCrunch | Jan. 21, 2022, 6:45 p.m.

Google filed a motion Friday asking a federal court to dismiss most of the counts in an antitrust lawsuit led by the state of Texas. In the filing, the company argued that the Texas lawsuit isn’t “credible” and that the state failed to establish that the company’s ad business has run afoul of antitrust laws. […]

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2022 crypto predictions from Prime Trust CFO Rodrigo Vicuna

TechCrunch | Jan. 21, 2022, 6:31 p.m.

Even though DeFi, cryptocurrencies, blockchains, NFTs and a slew of other products came online in 2021, only about 1% of the world’s population has a unique crypto wallet.

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Mitsubishi partners with Cartken for delivery robots

The Robot Report | Jan. 21, 2022, 6:20 p.m.

The partnership is new ground for Mitsubishi, who has never partnered with an autonomous delivery company like Carken before.The post Mitsubishi partners with Cartken for delivery robots appeared first on The Robot Report.

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Daily Crunch: IBM sells off Watson Health unit to private equity firm Francisco Partners

TechCrunch | Jan. 21, 2022, 6:17 p.m.

I normally try to bring some pep to my little intros in this missive. But today I am going to avoid astruturning my own mood to simply say, hey, what's up with the stock market?

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American Airlines suing The Points Guy over app that syncs frequent flyer data

The Verge | Jan. 21, 2022, 5:58 p.m.

American Airlines is suing The Points Guy | Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images American Airlines has filed a lawsuit against travel tips site The Points Guy, claiming the site has violated the terms of use of its frequent flyer program by offering an app that lets users track airline miles from multiple airlines in one place. It’s seeking an order blocking The Points Guy from accessing or using American Airlines customer data and from allowing its users to access their own accounts through the TPG app or site. American is also seeking to block The Points Guy from displaying the American Airlines logo and other trademarks.The TPG app, released in September 2021, purports to “help users learn about points, miles, and loyalty programs, while maximizing their earning potential, and discovering how to efficiently burn those earned points and miles to see the world.” The app allows users to link together different frequent flyer accounts. In the case of American Airlines, the TPG app prompts you in-app to enter your AAdvantage number, your password, and your last name. The lawsuit filed by American Airlines alleges that the TPG app encourages members of its AAdvantage program to breach its terms of use en masse by handing over their user logins to an unauthorized third party. The airline says the logins allow The Points Guy to “invade American’s servers, access users’ accounts, and collect and expropriate the proprietary data” in violation of American’s terms and conditions. The complaint accuses The Points Guy of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, an anti-hacking statute, by doing so. In addition, the suit trots out a litany of other offenses, such as breach of contract, trespass, trademark infringement, and copyright infringement (for displaying the American Airlines logo). The airline says the logins allow The Points Guy to “invade American’s servers”American Airlines representative Amanda Koos said in a statement emailed to The Verge that The Points Guy parent company Red Ventures “is accessing AA.com and AAdvantage customer account data in a way that does not comply with our standards for use of confidential information.” She added that American Airlines takes “customer data and proprietary information incredibly seriously, and want to make sure it is protected and secure.” The Points Guy preemptively sued American Airlines in Delaware after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the airline, according to a press release, claiming the airline was “attempting to block the media platform from providing the cost and time-saving benefits of The Points Guy App to consumers.”“Consumers are always in control of their own data on The Points Guy App — they decide which loyalty programs and credit cards are accessible for the purpose of making their points-and-miles journey easier,” The Points Guy founder Brian Kelly said in a statement emailed to The Verge. The site is “choosing to fight back against American Airlines on behalf of travelers to protect their rights to access their points and miles so they can travel smarter,” he added. The Verge asked The Points Guy in an email whether the TPG app stores AAdvantage passwords and have not yet received a response.American Airlines is asking the courts to enjoin The Points Guy from allowing users to log in to AAdvantage through the TPG app or website and also from storing AAdvantage passwords and other member information. It is also seeking to legally block The Points Guy from displaying American’s “copyrighted material” — that is to say, the American Airlines logo. The lawsuit requests statutory damages for the trademark and copyright violations and additional unspecified damages to include any “‘ill-gotten revenues and benefits” that The Points Guy may have gained from American’s customers and their data.

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HBO Max: It's your last chance to stream Matrix Resurrections - CNET

CNET | Jan. 21, 2022, 5:35 p.m.

Matrix is the latest (and last) same-day streaming movie on HBO Max, and Friday is your last opportunity to watch it at home for months.

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AI Weekly: Watson Health and semi-autonomous driving failures show the dangers of overpromising AI

VentureBeat | Jan. 21, 2022, 5:30 p.m.

AI technologies can fall short of their promise, as news from this week about Watson Health and semi-autonomous driving systems showed.

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Advertisers Love TikTok. Now They’re Looking to Double Their Spending on It.

The Information | Jan. 21, 2022, 5:21 p.m.

A top ad agency holding company is planning to triple its spending on TikTok this year to 5% of its roughly $2 billion social media ad budget. And that share will double to 10% next year, a senior executive at the agency predicted. At another ad agency, Mekanism, spending on TikTok has gone from zero a few years ago to roughly as high as 10% to 25% of social ad spending for some clients now.Both of these agencies are signaling a major shift that’s underway in advertising. Brands are starting to embrace advertising on TikTok, ByteDance’s wildly popular video-sharing app. While still in its early days of growth, that trend poses a threat to Meta Platforms’ Facebook and Instagram as well as Snapchat—particularly as Apple’s privacy changes limit the effectiveness of their ad targeting and measurement.“It’s probably our fastest-growing” platform, said Horizon Media Chief Investment Officer David Campanelli. He projects Horizon will double its ad spending on TikTok this year to 5% as clients become more comfortable with the idea and seek to reach its young users.

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3 ‘dark’ trends likely to power smart technology and communities by 2030

VentureBeat | Jan. 21, 2022, 5:20 p.m.

Whether over-hyped or under-marketed, here are three "dark horse" technology trends that are likely to power the smart technology of 2030.

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Layla Hybrid mattress review: A supportive hybrid bed with a flippable design - CNET

CNET | Jan. 21, 2022, 5:17 p.m.

Boasting two firmness levels, the Layla Hybrid mattress is just as versatile as it is comfortable. But is it worth the money? Here's our honest verdict.

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Experts Roundup: lead magnets, e-commerce trends, software developer Q&A

TechCrunch | Jan. 21, 2022, 5:15 p.m.

This week: how to set up lead magnets that attract prospective customers who are ready to purchase.

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TechCrunch+ roundup: 2022 VC predictions, how to hook an angel, product advisory councils

TechCrunch | Jan. 21, 2022, 4:15 p.m.

Well-researched personas are useful, but nothing is better than talking to a customer if you want to understand what delights them — and what they're willing to pay for.

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3 factors to consider when adding remote visual assistance software to your tech stack

TechCrunch | Jan. 21, 2022, 4:13 p.m.

With AR solutions now projected to be a $175 billion market by 2026, a technology like remote visual assistance has the potential to seamlessly integrate into current support processes and systems.

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See Kate McKinnon roar in new Tiger King-based series Joe vs. Carole - CNET

CNET | Jan. 21, 2022, 4:11 p.m.

John Cameron Mitchell chews the scenery as Joe Exotic in the upcoming Peacock series.

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Verizon 5G Home Internet: Fast enough for phones, but what about your household? - CNET

CNET | Jan. 21, 2022, 4:05 p.m.

The company's cellular home broadband service offers the potential for gigabit downloads without data caps or contracts -- and availability is growing.

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Demand for data analysts is on the rise — become a front-runner in the job market

VentureBeat | Jan. 21, 2022, 4 p.m.

Given the explosion in the amount of data and the importance of it with respect to business decisions, the demand for analysts is on the rise.

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