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Facebook Portal TV review: big screen video chatting feels futuristic and, with Alexa built in, the device is compelling enough at $149 but unlikely to be a hit (Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg: Facebook Portal TV review: big screen video chatting feels futuristic and, with Alexa built in, the device is compelling enough at $149 but unlikely to be a hit  —  Facebook´s new Portal TV video chat device won´t do much to take away share from Apple Inc., Roku Inc. or Amazon in the TV space.

Microsoft teams up with Warner Bros, stores and retrieves the 1978 movie Superman on a piece of glass as a proof of concept test for Project Silica research (Jennifer Langston/Microsoft)

Jennifer Langston / Microsoft: Microsoft teams up with Warner Bros, stores and retrieves the 1978 movie Superman on a piece of glass as a proof of concept test for Project Silica research  —  Microsoft and Warner Bros. have collaborated to successfully store and retrieve the entire 1978 iconic “Superman” …

A look at startups such as Cameo and Karat that are building services for creators and influencers as VCs bet on a now established part of the digital economy (Kate Clark/TechCrunch)

Kate Clark / TechCrunch: A look at startups such as Cameo and Karat that are building services for creators and influencers as VCs bet on a now established part of the digital economy  —  Why 2020 will be a ‘watershed year’ for the creator economy  —  Danielle Bernstein is just 27 years old, but she´s been running her own business for 10 years.

Microsoft Surface Pro X review: beautiful design and good screen but expensive, slow for the price, and has an unimpressive battery and app compatibility issues (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)

Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Microsoft Surface Pro X review: beautiful design and good screen but expensive, slow for the price, and has an unimpressive battery and app compatibility issues  —  Better than expected isn´t enough  —  The Surface Pro X is the computer Microsoft has tried to make for at least seven years.

Google Play Points, which rewards Android users with store credit or discounts for buying content like apps and movies, expands to the US from Japan and S.Korea (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google Play Points, which rewards Android users with store credit or discounts for buying content like apps and movies, expands to the US from Japan and S.Korea  —  Google Play is launching a new rewards program, Googe Play Points, that will allow you to earn points for everything …

Researchers show that they can use lasers to inject commands to smart speakers, tablets, and phones via Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant from far away (Andy Greenberg/Wired)

Andy Greenberg / Wired: Researchers show that they can use lasers to inject commands to smart speakers, tablets, and phones via Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant from far away  —  By pointing lasers tuned to a precise frequency at a smart assistant, researchers could force it to unlock cars, open garage doors, and more.

Microsoft announces "Project Cortex," a knowledge-management service, the first major new Office 365 cloud service that it has introduced since Teams in 2017 (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft announces “Project Cortex,” a knowledge-management service, the first major new Office 365 cloud service that it has introduced since Teams in 2017  —  Microsoft is adding a new, Microsoft-Graph-powered knowledge-management service to Office 365.  Here´s what ‘Project Cortex’ is and how it will work.

Interview with Micron Technology VP Steve Pawlowski about the recent acquisition of AI startup FWDNXT and why the memory chip maker is moving into AI processing (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Interview with Micron Technology VP Steve Pawlowski about the recent acquisition of AI startup FWDNXT and why the memory chip maker is moving into AI processing  —  I did a double-take last week when Micron Technology, one of the world´s largest memory chip makers, acquired artificial intelligence hardware and software startup Fwdnxt.

Unprotected database for popular "camgirl" sites run by Spain-based VTS Media exposed months worth of user activity logs and chats, details about sex workers (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)

Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch: Unprotected database for popular “camgirl” sites run by Spain-based VTS Media exposed months worth of user activity logs and chats, details about sex workers  —  A number of popular “camgirl” sites have exposed millions of sex workers and users after the company running the sites left the back-end database unprotected.
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