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Taking The Gloves Off In California Battle Over Oil

By Ann Alexander  California’s oil industry has an 800-pound gorilla reputation of getting pretty much what it wants in Sacramento. Armed with millions of dollars to pay lobbyists and a well-oiled astroturf machine to create the illusion of public support, it has successfully leaned on the state’s legislators — despite the Democratic supermajority in both houses — to stay away…
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TikTok says it removed 300K+ videos in the US for election misinformation in H2 2020, and 441K videos from its For You recommendation page for misinformation (Makena Kelly/The Verge)

Makena Kelly / The Verge:TikTok says it removed 300K+ videos in the US for election misinformation in H2 2020, and 441K videos from its For You recommendation page for misinformation  —  And another 400,000 were removed from the For You page  —  TikTok removed over 340,000 videos in the US for breaking …


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Chinese govt data shows mobile internet traffic during Lunar New Year holidays grew 23.4% YoY and food delivery orders grew 57% YoY, amid travel restrictions (Iris Deng/South China Morning Post)

Iris Deng / South China Morning Post:Chinese govt data shows mobile internet traffic during Lunar New Year holidays grew 23.4% YoY and food delivery orders grew 57% YoY, amid travel restrictions  —  Mobile internet traffic during the Lunar New Year holiday week grew 23.4 per cent year on year, according to data from MIIT Food…
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Amazon Echo Show 10 review: adjustable screen angle, good sound quality, silent motorized movement, but photo/video options heavily reliant on Amazon services (Dan Seifert/The Verge)

Dan Seifert / The Verge:Amazon Echo Show 10 review: adjustable screen angle, good sound quality, silent motorized movement, but photo/video options heavily reliant on Amazon services  —  Since its inception in 2015, Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant has always been a disembodied digital form trapped in a box of electronics.


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Blueshift, which develops customer data analytics software, raises $30M Series C led by Fort Ross Ventures, bringing its total raised to $65M (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:Blueshift, which develops customer data analytics software, raises $30M Series C led by Fort Ross Ventures, bringing its total raised to $65M  —  Customer data analytics company Blueshift today announced it has closed a $30 million series C round, bringing its total raised to $65 million.


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Emotive, which enables e-commerce businesses talk to customers using conversational text messages, raises $50M Series B led by CRV, at a $400M valuation (Anthony Ha/TechCrunch)

Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:Emotive, which enables e-commerce businesses talk to customers using conversational text messages, raises $50M Series B led by CRV, at a $400M valuation  —  While more businesses are turning to text messages as a marketing channel, Emotive CEO Brain Zatulove argued that most marketers are just treating it as another “newsletter blast.”


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Serbia re-enters market for euros, Croatia to follow

Serbia entered the bond market on Wednesday to sell a bond in euros, after entering both dollar and euro markets last year. Fellow Balkan sovereign issuer Croatia is expected to follow it, tapping investors as early as Thursday.


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Symbio, which claims its factory-floor robots “learn” to improve doing repetitive assembly tasks, comes out of stealth with $30M in funding (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:Symbio, which claims its factory-floor robots “learn” to improve doing repetitive assembly tasks, comes out of stealth with $30M in funding  —  Emeryville, California-based industrial robotics startup Symbio Robotics today emerged from stealth with $30 million in funding.


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Facebook defends its stance in Australia, says it invested $600M since 2018 to support the news industry and plans at least $1B more over the next three years (Nick Clegg/About Facebook)

Nick Clegg / About Facebook:Facebook defends its stance in Australia, says it invested $600M since 2018 to support the news industry and plans at least $1B more over the next three years  —  Last week, in a move that will have felt abrupt and dramatic to many, Facebook announced it was stopping the sharing of…
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Myanmar’s draconian draft cybersecurity law follows a yearslong effort to build out Myanmar’s surveillance capabilities, following cues from China (New York Times)

New York Times:Myanmar’s draconian draft cybersecurity law follows a yearslong effort to build out Myanmar’s surveillance capabilities, following cues from China  —  As the military seized power again, the generals moved quickly to take the country offline, criminalize online dissent and block social media.


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