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A look at the rise of vast AI-enabled video surveillance networks in US cities, which let private businesses and homes provide camera feeds to police HQs (Michael Kwet/The Intercept)+

A look at the rise of vast AI-enabled video surveillance networks in US cities, which let private businesses and homes provide camera feeds to police HQs (Michael Kwet/The Intercept)

Filmic’s free DoubleTake iPhone app lets users shoot video from two cameras at once; it can simultaneously record two 1080p videos at 24, 25, or 30 fps (Scott Stein/CNET)+

Filmic’s free DoubleTake iPhone app lets users shoot video from two cameras at once; it can simultaneously record two 1080p videos at 24, 25, or 30 fps (Scott Stein/CNET)

UK government announces it will allow Huawei to build non-core elements of Britain’s 5G network but will ban the company from operating at sensitive sites (Heather Stewart/The Guardian)+

UK government announces it will allow Huawei to build non-core elements of Britain’s 5G network but will ban the company from operating at sensitive sites (Heather Stewart/The Guardian)

Persona, which develops a secure, real-time identity verification platform for organizations, raises $17.5M Series A (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)+

Persona, which develops a secure, real-time identity verification platform for organizations, raises $17.5M Series A (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Facebook announces its Off-Facebook Activity tool, which lets users clear all the data passed onto Facebook by other apps and sites, is now available globally (Geoffrey Fowler/Washington Post)+

Facebook announces its Off-Facebook Activity tool, which lets users clear all the data passed onto Facebook by other apps and sites, is now available globally (Geoffrey Fowler/Washington Post)

ActiveCampaign, which helps businesses automate email marketing, CRM, and ad campaigns, raises $100M Series B led by Susquehanna Growth Equity (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)+

ActiveCampaign, which helps businesses automate email marketing, CRM, and ad campaigns, raises $100M Series B led by Susquehanna Growth Equity (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Grocers offering online orders are testing automated micro-fulfillment systems that can fulfill 4000 orders per week while occupying little space (Jennifer Smith/Wall Street Journal)+

Grocers offering online orders are testing automated micro-fulfillment systems that can fulfill 4000 orders per week while occupying little space (Jennifer Smith/Wall Street Journal)

A visual analysis of six state-backed disinformation operations on Twitter, including from China and Russia, and how they have evolved over the last decade (Alexa Pavliuc/Medium)+

A visual analysis of six state-backed disinformation operations on Twitter, including from China and Russia, and how they have evolved over the last decade (Alexa Pavliuc/Medium)

French startup ManoMano, which operates an e-commerce site for DIY, home improvement, and gardening products, raises $139M led by Temasek (Romain Dillet/TechCrunch)+

French startup ManoMano, which operates an e-commerce site for DIY, home improvement, and gardening products, raises $139M led by Temasek (Romain Dillet/TechCrunch)

Ten years after the iPad’s launch, it has not come close to being revolutionary or living up to its potential because of its inconsistent multitasking software (John Gruber/Daring Fireball)+

Ten years after the iPad’s launch, it has not come close to being revolutionary or living up to its potential because of its inconsistent multitasking software (John Gruber/Daring Fireball)

Sources: Turkey-backed hackers have used DNS hijacking to obtain login credentials, targeting ~30 EU and Middle East governments and organizations since 2018 (Reuters)+

Sources: Turkey-backed hackers have used DNS hijacking to obtain login credentials, targeting ~30 EU and Middle East governments and organizations since 2018 (Reuters)

As Alphabet and Microsoft clamor for regulation of tech like facial recognition, potential new rules and their obstacles pose existential threats to startups (Azeem Azhar/Exponential View)+

As Alphabet and Microsoft clamor for regulation of tech like facial recognition, potential new rules and their obstacles pose existential threats to startups (Azeem Azhar/Exponential View)

UK government proposes new IoT rules: firms must tell consumers how long security updates will be provided, ship individual devices with unique passwords, more (Danny Palmer/ZDNet)+

UK government proposes new IoT rules: firms must tell consumers how long security updates will be provided, ship individual devices with unique passwords, more (Danny Palmer/ZDNet)

As China tries to contain the coronavirus, the sheer volume of criticism of the government overwhelms censors and tests China’s ability to control the narrative (Raymond Zhong/New York Times)+

As China tries to contain the coronavirus, the sheer volume of criticism of the government overwhelms censors and tests China’s ability to control the narrative (Raymond Zhong/New York Times)

SuperAwesome, which offers tools for kid-safe advertising, parental controls, and more, raises $17M from Microsoft’s M12, says it had $55M in revenue in 2019 (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)+

SuperAwesome, which offers tools for kid-safe advertising, parental controls, and more, raises $17M from Microsoft’s M12, says it had $55M in revenue in 2019 (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Consumer IoT is in trouble because normal people can’t be expected to manage a house full of smart things or keep track of their bugs and looming obsolescence (Jean-Louis Gassée/Monday Note)+

Consumer IoT is in trouble because normal people can’t be expected to manage a house full of smart things or keep track of their bugs and looming obsolescence (Jean-Louis Gassée/Monday Note)

FCC unlocks 3.5GHz band of spectrum used by Citizens Broadband Radio Service, enhancing connectivity via “OnGo” services in the latest iOS and Android phones (Jeremy Horwitz/VentureBeat)+

FCC unlocks 3.5GHz band of spectrum used by Citizens Broadband Radio Service, enhancing connectivity via “OnGo” services in the latest iOS and Android phones (Jeremy Horwitz/VentureBeat)

Google says it will shut down App Maker, G Suite’s low-code environment for building custom business apps, on January 19, 2021 (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)+

Google says it will shut down App Maker, G Suite’s low-code environment for building custom business apps, on January 19, 2021 (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

Bird adds $75M to its Series D, bringing the total raised in the round to $350M, acquires European scooter-sharing startup Circ that was previously called Flash (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)+

Bird adds $75M to its Series D, bringing the total raised in the round to $350M, acquires European scooter-sharing startup Circ that was previously called Flash (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Mural, a visual collaboration platform for enterprises, raises $23M Series A led by Radian Capital, with Gradient Ventures and Endeavor Catalyst participating (Alex Wilhelm/TechCrunch)+

Mural, a visual collaboration platform for enterprises, raises $23M Series A led by Radian Capital, with Gradient Ventures and Endeavor Catalyst participating (Alex Wilhelm/TechCrunch)

Mumbai-based Bizongo, an online B2B marketplace for packaging, raises $30M Series C led by Switzerland-based hedge fund Schroder Adveq (Romita Majumdar/Livemint)+

Mumbai-based Bizongo, an online B2B marketplace for packaging, raises $30M Series C led by Switzerland-based hedge fund Schroder Adveq (Romita Majumdar/Livemint)

Documents reveal that Avast has sold its users internet browsing data, through a subsidiary called Jumpshot, to clients like Pepsi, Google, and Microsoft (Joseph Cox/VICE)+

Documents reveal that Avast has sold its users internet browsing data, through a subsidiary called Jumpshot, to clients like Pepsi, Google, and Microsoft (Joseph Cox/VICE)

Gravyty, a Massachusetts-based fundraising platform that uses AI to analyze donor behavior in order to help nonprofits reach fundraising goals, raises $21M (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)+

Gravyty, a Massachusetts-based fundraising platform that uses AI to analyze donor behavior in order to help nonprofits reach fundraising goals, raises $21M (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Grubhub admits to adding restaurants without their permission, after restaurateur found her Thai restaurant had a page on Grubhub and its subsidiary Seamless (Tara Duggan/San Francisco Chronicle)+

Grubhub admits to adding restaurants without their permission, after restaurateur found her Thai restaurant had a page on Grubhub and its subsidiary Seamless (Tara Duggan/San Francisco Chronicle)

As France announces new rules that make it easier for startups to grant stock options to employees, a look at stock option taxation in other European countries (Financial Times)+

As France announces new rules that make it easier for startups to grant stock options to employees, a look at stock option taxation in other European countries (Financial Times)

Iguazio, which develops a platform for developing, deploying, and managing AI applications at scale, raises $24M led by INcapital Ventures (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)+

Iguazio, which develops a platform for developing, deploying, and managing AI applications at scale, raises $24M led by INcapital Ventures (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

A critical look at OpenAI’s GPT-2 text generation AI and why the knowledge acquired by systems like the GPT-2 has been superficial and unreliable (Gary Marcus/The Gradient)+

A critical look at OpenAI’s GPT-2 text generation AI and why the knowledge acquired by systems like the GPT-2 has been superficial and unreliable (Gary Marcus/The Gradient)

Fintech startups tackling every layer of banking stack, from core tech to KYC/AML, enable startups and companies like Apple to start adding financial services (Angela Strange/Andreessen Horowitz)+

Fintech startups tackling every layer of banking stack, from core tech to KYC/AML, enable startups and companies like Apple to start adding financial services (Angela Strange/Andreessen Horowitz)

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