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Cloudera names former Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden as its new CEO; Cloudera’s market cap is $3.4B, less than its $5.2B valuation when it merged with Hortonworks (Jordan Novet/CNBC)+

Cloudera names former Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden as its new CEO; Cloudera’s market cap is $3.4B, less than its $5.2B valuation when it merged with Hortonworks (Jordan Novet/CNBC)

Security experts say Russia’s GRU phished login credentials, accessed servers for Burisma, a gas company on whose board Hunter Biden served, starting Nov. 2019 (New York Times)+

Security experts say Russia’s GRU phished login credentials, accessed servers for Burisma, a gas company on whose board Hunter Biden served, starting Nov. 2019 (New York Times)

Ahead of Boris Johnson’s expected decision on Huawei equipment in the UK, the US showed his government a dossier with allegedly damning info on the company (Helen Warrell/Financial Times)+

Ahead of Boris Johnson’s expected decision on Huawei equipment in the UK, the US showed his government a dossier with allegedly damning info on the company (Helen Warrell/Financial Times)

Hesai Technology, a China-based LiDAR manufacturer with customers like Bosch, Lyft, and TuSimple, raises $173M Series C co-led by the Bosch Group and Lightspeed (Steve Crowe/The Robot Report)+

Hesai Technology, a China-based LiDAR manufacturer with customers like Bosch, Lyft, and TuSimple, raises $173M Series C co-led by the Bosch Group and Lightspeed (Steve Crowe/The Robot Report)

Researchers: AT&T, T-Mobile, Tracfone, US Mobile, and Verizon use vulnerable procedures for customer support that put users at risk of SIM swapping attacks (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)+

Researchers: AT&T, T-Mobile, Tracfone, US Mobile, and Verizon use vulnerable procedures for customer support that put users at risk of SIM swapping attacks (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

Sources: Visa is nearing a deal to buy Plaid, which helps popular fintech apps connect to users’ bank accounts and was valued around $2.65B in 2018 (Wall Street Journal)+

Sources: Visa is nearing a deal to buy Plaid, which helps popular fintech apps connect to users’ bank accounts and was valued around $2.65B in 2018 (Wall Street Journal)

HP Spectre x360 13 (2019) review: an excellent high-end laptop with nice port selection, good performance, and great battery life, but its trackpad is narrow (Valentina Palladino/Ars Technica)+

HP Spectre x360 13 (2019) review: an excellent high-end laptop with nice port selection, good performance, and great battery life, but its trackpad is narrow (Valentina Palladino/Ars Technica)

Justin Kan’s legal tech startup Atrium, which has raised $75M, is laying off most of its lawyers and will now focus on tech it made for attorneys and law firms (Kia Kokalitcheva/Axios)+

Justin Kan’s legal tech startup Atrium, which has raised $75M, is laying off most of its lawyers and will now focus on tech it made for attorneys and law firms (Kia Kokalitcheva/Axios)

Report from Intrusion Truth, a group of anonymous analysts known for doxxing APTs, claims it has found 13 front companies that China is using to recruit hackers (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)+

Report from Intrusion Truth, a group of anonymous analysts known for doxxing APTs, claims it has found 13 front companies that China is using to recruit hackers (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

Sources: TikTok is considering a Snapchat Discover-style curated feed, which could allow it to charge more for ads by giving brands a safe space (Financial Times)+

Sources: TikTok is considering a Snapchat Discover-style curated feed, which could allow it to charge more for ads by giving brands a safe space (Financial Times)

Q&A with Twitter’s head of product Kayvon Beykpour about how Twitter is trying to stop incentivizing toxic behavior, giving users a “troll score”, more (Nicholas Thompson/Wired)+

Q&A with Twitter’s head of product Kayvon Beykpour about how Twitter is trying to stop incentivizing toxic behavior, giving users a “troll score”, more (Nicholas Thompson/Wired)

India’s competition commission orders antitrust probe against Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart citing exclusive arrangements with mobile phone brands (Reuters)+

India’s competition commission orders antitrust probe against Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart citing exclusive arrangements with mobile phone brands (Reuters)

Source: ZA Bank, one of eight firms granted a Hong Kong digital banking license, starts a pilot with a 6% rate for deposits, twice above the market rates (Alfred Liu/Bloomberg)+

Source: ZA Bank, one of eight firms granted a Hong Kong digital banking license, starts a pilot with a 6% rate for deposits, twice above the market rates (Alfred Liu/Bloomberg)

Naïo Technologies, a France-based maker of autonomous farming robots, raises $15.5M Series A, as it plans to expand to the US later this year (Chris O’Brien/VentureBeat)+

Naïo Technologies, a France-based maker of autonomous farming robots, raises $15.5M Series A, as it plans to expand to the US later this year (Chris O’Brien/VentureBeat)

ToursByLocals, which helps tourists search for and book local guides, raises $33M from Tritium Partners, says it has ~4K guides and 30K tours in 162 countries (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)+

ToursByLocals, which helps tourists search for and book local guides, raises $33M from Tritium Partners, says it has ~4K guides and 30K tours in 162 countries (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

StreamElements: Twitch’s “Just Chatting” category for non-gaming streamers was the most popular category for the first time in December with 81M hours watched (Cecilia D’Anastasio/Wired)+

StreamElements: Twitch’s “Just Chatting” category for non-gaming streamers was the most popular category for the first time in December with 81M hours watched (Cecilia D’Anastasio/Wired)

CES 2020 show notes: a look at 12 technologies/categories, the raw materials of the primordial soup of innovation that the show has become over the years (Steven Sinofsky/Learning By Shipping)+

CES 2020 show notes: a look at 12 technologies/categories, the raw materials of the primordial soup of innovation that the show has become over the years (Steven Sinofsky/Learning By Shipping)

Study: most cookie consent forms served to EU users violate GDPR’s informed consent requirement by using pre-ticked boxes, hiding “reject all” option, and more (Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch)+

Study: most cookie consent forms served to EU users violate GDPR’s informed consent requirement by using pre-ticked boxes, hiding “reject all” option, and more (Natasha Lomas/TechCrunch)

Mobileye collects 3.7M miles of sensor data daily from vehicles, using it to produce HD maps that will let its partners offer Level 2+ driver assistance systems (Timothy B. Lee/Ars Technica)+

Mobileye collects 3.7M miles of sensor data daily from vehicles, using it to produce HD maps that will let its partners offer Level 2+ driver assistance systems (Timothy B. Lee/Ars Technica)

Covera Health, whose analytics platform helps employers and insurers lower health care spend by identifying errors in imaging diagnoses, raises $23.5M Series B (Marty Stempniak/Radiology Business)+

Covera Health, whose analytics platform helps employers and insurers lower health care spend by identifying errors in imaging diagnoses, raises $23.5M Series B (Marty Stempniak/Radiology Business)

AI systems, like Google’s system for reading mammograms, have the potential to worsen pre-existing problems like overtesting, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment (Christie Aschwanden/Wired)+

AI systems, like Google’s system for reading mammograms, have the potential to worsen pre-existing problems like overtesting, overdiagnosis, and overtreatment (Christie Aschwanden/Wired)

Sources: Facebook is setting up an engineering team in Singapore to create ad tools to help boost its advertising business in China, currently estimated at ~$5B (Reuters)+

Sources: Facebook is setting up an engineering team in Singapore to create ad tools to help boost its advertising business in China, currently estimated at ~$5B (Reuters)

Dami Wangxiao, a sub-brand of Chinese online education platform VIPKid, announces $80M Series A led by Sequoia Capital, Tencent Holdings, and Hammer Capital (Sarah Dai/South China Morning Post)+

Dami Wangxiao, a sub-brand of Chinese online education platform VIPKid, announces $80M Series A led by Sequoia Capital, Tencent Holdings, and Hammer Capital (Sarah Dai/South China Morning Post)

Legalpad, which uses a mix of software and attorney support to help entrepreneurs and startup employees with the US visa process, raises $10M Series A (Natasha Mascarenhas/Crunchbase News)+

Legalpad, which uses a mix of software and attorney support to help entrepreneurs and startup employees with the US visa process, raises $10M Series A (Natasha Mascarenhas/Crunchbase News)

A look at Google’s healthcare efforts, like Project Nightingale and “Guardian” search tool, which are drawing scrutiny over mass collection of medical records (Wall Street Journal)+

A look at Google’s healthcare efforts, like Project Nightingale and “Guardian” search tool, which are drawing scrutiny over mass collection of medical records (Wall Street Journal)

Tencent says users spent ~$115B in 2019, up 160% YoY, through WeChat mini programs, which are miniature apps that work within the chat app (South China Morning Post)+

Tencent says users spent ~$115B in 2019, up 160% YoY, through WeChat mini programs, which are miniature apps that work within the chat app (South China Morning Post)

As Travelex tries to recover from Dec 31 hack, hackers demand $6M for client data they claim they stole and the company asks for staff laptops to do virus scans (Financial Times)+

As Travelex tries to recover from Dec 31 hack, hackers demand $6M for client data they claim they stole and the company asks for staff laptops to do virus scans (Financial Times)

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