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With 100M devices sold, Alexa has achieved some level of product-market fit, but Amazon is still looking for Alexa’s strategic place within its…

Benedict Evans : With 100M devices sold, Alexa has achieved some level of product-market fit, but Amazon is still looking for Alexa's strategic place within its business   —  Amazon's Alexa has been a huge, impressive and unexpected achievement.  Amazon created a category from scratch and left both the AI leader Google …

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As NYC’s driver minimum wage law goes into effect, Uber increases its prices and Lyft sues NYC’s Taxi and Limousine Commission and says prices will…

Sara Ashley O'Brien / CNN : As NYC's driver minimum wage law goes into effect, Uber increases its prices and Lyft sues NYC's Taxi and Limousine Commission and says prices will increase   —  New York (CNN Business)Uber and Lyft customers will have to pay more for their rides as a result of the first-of-its-kind driver minimum wage law in New York City.

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DNA testing firm FamilyTreeDNA is working with the FBI and allowing agents to search its 1M+ DNA profiles, raising user concerns about data privacy…

Salvador Hernandez / BuzzFeed News : DNA testing firm FamilyTreeDNA is working with the FBI and allowing agents to search its 1M+ DNA profiles, raising user concerns about data privacy   —  Family Tree DNA, one of the largest private genetic testing companies whose home-testing kits enable people to trace their ancestry and locate relatives …

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Report: Bill Stasior no longer in charge of Siri as team’s strategy shifts from minor updates to long-term research as part new Apple AI chief’s…

Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider : Report: Bill Stasior no longer in charge of Siri as team's strategy shifts from minor updates to long-term research as part new Apple AI chief's restructuring   —  Apple executive Bill Stasior, who has led the Siri team since joining the company in 2012, has been removed as head of the project …

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Source: Spotify in advanced talks to acquire popular podcast producer Gimlet for $200M+; Gimlet would be Spotify’s first purchase of an original…

Peter Kafka / Recode : Source: Spotify in advanced talks to acquire popular podcast producer Gimlet for $200M+; Gimlet would be Spotify's first purchase of an original content maker   —  Spotify wants to break out of the music streaming business.  Gimlet, the company behind shows like Crimetown and Reply All, can help.

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Court filing: QuadrigaCX founder’s widow says the crypto exchange can’t access most of coins worth $137M in cold wallets to which only the founder had…

Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk : Court filing: QuadrigaCX founder's widow says the crypto exchange can't access most of coins worth $137M in cold wallets to which only the founder had the keys   —  Troubled Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX owes its customers $190 million and cannot access most of the funds, according to a court filing obtained by CoinDesk.

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Snopes pulls out of Facebook partnership, says Facebook’s closed, manual fact-checking entry system is too labor intensive and fails to benefit the…

Daniel Funke / Poynter : Snopes pulls out of Facebook partnership, says Facebook's closed, manual fact-checking entry system is too labor intensive and fails to benefit the whole web   —  Snopes is no longer debunking misinformation in partnership with Facebook.  In a statement published Friday …

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Huawei’s Mobile World Congress invite hints that the company will show off a foldable 5G smartphone on February 24 (Vlad Savov/The Verge)

Vlad Savov / The Verge : Huawei's Mobile World Congress invite hints that the company will show off a foldable 5G smartphone on February 24   —  Whether gimmicky or great, foldable devices will get their time in the spotlight this year  —  Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is traditionally the year's biggest show …

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Amazon says it got 850k applications for hourly US jobs in Oct. 2018 after announcing its $15 minimum wage, more than doubling its previous monthly…

Alison Griswold / Quartz : Amazon says it got 850k applications for hourly US jobs in Oct. 2018 after announcing its $15 minimum wage, more than doubling its previous monthly record   —  One of the most important takeaways from Amazon's 2018 fourth-quarter and full-year earnings report, released Jan. 31, had little to do with the usual financial results.

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Go-Jek confirms first close of its Series F round, sources say it raised around $920M at $9.5B valuation; Go-Jek is planning to raise $2B total for…

Jon Russell / TechCrunch : Go-Jek confirms first close of its Series F round, sources say it raised around $920M at $9.5B valuation; Go-Jek is planning to raise $2B total for the round   —  Go-Jek, the Indonesia-based ride-hailing company that is challenging Grab in Southeast Asia, has announced the first close of its Series F round …

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400K+ items, making up ~1/3 of Amazon’s ~$6B in annual sales in India, likely to disappear from Amazon India, while it works to meet new compliance…

Vindu Goel / New York Times : 400K+ items, making up ~1/3 of Amazon's ~$6B in annual sales in India, likely to disappear from Amazon India, while it works to meet new compliance rules   —  NEW DELHI — On Friday, Indian consumers will wake up to an emptier, more expensive version of Amazon's shopping service.

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A breakdown of an internal memo in which Facebook details distribution and onboarding for its Research app, and defends its data collection methods,…

Josh Constine / TechCrunch : A breakdown of an internal memo in which Facebook details distribution and onboarding for its Research app, and defends its data collection methods, disclosures   —  Early this morning, we received agreement from Apple to issue a new enterprise certificate; this has allowed us to produce …

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Inside Facebook, which was seriously disrupted by its dispute with Apple over enterprise certificates, employee anger flares at the Onavo team…

Mike Isaac / New York Times : Inside Facebook, which was seriously disrupted by its dispute with Apple over enterprise certificates, employee anger flares at the Onavo team responsible   —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Facebook employees woke up on Wednesday morning, many found they could not perform even the most basic work tasks.

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