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A survey estimates that Apple Pay users reached 507M worldwide in September 2020, about 50% of the total iPhone userbase, adding ~66M users from September 2019 (Horace Dediu/Asymco)
Study: smartwatches like Apple Watch and Fitbit, which can measure heart rate variability, could help detect COVID-19 at least a week before symptoms appear (Megan Cerullo/CBS News)
How Wikipedia, where neutrality is prized above all, struggled to chronicle the Capitol insurrection in real time (Alex Pasternack/Fast Company)
I want to float in the void of this car’s paint job
Parler is not down due to a single company but because the market chose not to do business with it because it's toxic, which is the nature of a free market (Mike Masnick/Techdirt)
A look at the rise and fall of Xiami, Alibaba's Chinese music streaming service, which only had 22.4M MAUs by Oct. 2020 vs. 450M+ for Tencent's three music apps (South China Morning Post)
Profile of New Zealand-based Letterboxd, a social network for reviewing movies, which has grown to 3M member accounts during the pandemic (Calum Marsh/New York Times)
The FAA just greenlit this drone to fly autonomously without a human nearby
Medium acquires eBook company Glose
Extra Crunch roundup: antitrust jitters, SPAC odyssey, white-hot IPOs, more
FAA approves the first fully automated commercial drone flights, letting Massachusetts-based American Robotics operate its drones in rural areas below 400 feet (Wall Street Journal)
Israel-based social casino game developer Playtika closes up 17.1% on its first day of trading, valuing the company at $14.5B, after raising $1.88B in its IPO (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)
Facebook is blocking events near the White House through Inauguration Day
Microsoft is planning to fix a Windows 10 vulnerability that could corrupt a NTFS-formatted hard drive simply by viewing a folder with a malicious shortcut (Tom Warren/The Verge)
Apple is blocking Apple Silicon Mac users from sideloading iPhone apps
The pandemic was top of mind in the tech of CES 2021
Ahead of Biden's inauguration, Facebook blocks users from creating new events happening near the White House and Capitol, restricting features for some users (Megan Graham/CNBC)
Daily Crunch: WhatsApp responds to privacy backlash
Rob Joyce will replace Anne Neuberger as the director of NSA's Cybersecurity Directorate; Neuberger will join the Biden admin as deputy adviser on the NSC (Shannon Vavra/CyberScoop)
Twitter’s vision of decentralization could also be the far-right’s internet endgame
Leaked screenshots show GitHub employees using the term "Nazi" in its internal Slack to protest the unexplained firing of an employee that used the same word (Zoe Schiffer/The Verge)
A deep dive into the WhatsApp privacy policy change that prompted an exodus of users from the app and why Facebook struggled to communicate what was in it (Shoshana Wodinsky/Gizmodo)
Apple is reportedly prototyping foldable iPhone screens
Sources: Apple has begun preliminary work on an iPhone model with a foldable screen, while testing an in-screen fingerprint reader for 2021 (Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)
Vergecast: CES 2021 and Samsung’s S21 lineup
Apple has started to block the sideloading of unsupported iOS and iPadOS apps onto M1 Macs using third party software (Chance Miller/9to5Mac)
Apple doesn’t make a MagSafe car charger — here are your options
Federal judge denies Apple's appeal of a $502.8M patent infringement verdict favoring VirnetX; Apple's total payout in two lawsuits could cross $1.1B (Jonathan Stempel/Reuters)
Google says it will remove the inadvertent ability for Chromium browsers to access Chrome bookmarks and other sync features when users are logged into Google (Abner Li/9to5Google)
WarnerMedia extends its 20 percent discount on HBO Max subscriptions
Apple is again extending TV Plus trials to July
GitLab is considering going public after an employee share sale valued it at $6B; GitLab revenue crossed $150M annually after growing 74% in the latest quarter (Ari Levy/CNBC)
WhatsApp to delay new privacy policy by three months following widespread confusion over whether the policy would mandate data sharing with Facebook (Nick Statt/The Verge)
WhatsApp to delay new privacy policy amid mass confusion about Facebook data sharing
Google will address Pixel 4A 5G touchscreen woes in February update
Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson says wisdom lies with your developers
Tracy Chou launches Block Party to combat online harassment and abuse
Apple reportedly planning big iMac redesign and half-sized Mac Pro
Bumble files for an IPO, says it had 42M MAUs, 2.4M total paying users, and lost $117M on revenue of $417M in the first nine months of 2020 (Alex Wilhelm/TechCrunch)
Sources: Apple to launch redesigned iMacs this year with a Pro Display XDR-like design, and is working on two new Mac Pros, one of which may use Intel CPUs (Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)
Hitman 3 players on Google Stadia will be able to share custom scenarios with just a URL
Humble Store winter sale discounts Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Dirt 5, and more
In its third season, American Gods is the most fascinating disaster on TV
Bumble files to go public
US consumers spent record amounts on video games in 2020, NPD reports
Sources: at an all-hands staff meeting, incoming CEO says Intel has to deliver better products for PCs than what a "lifestyle company in Cupertino" makes (Mike Rogoway/Oregonian)
Signal outage is keeping messages from sending
California man faces prison time after hitting police helicopter with a drone
Twitter outlines its plans for Wednesday's Inauguration Day, including transitioning @POTUS and other handles to Biden and archiving several official accounts (Lauren Feiner/CNBC)

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