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Leila Janah, founder and CEO of Samasource, an SF-based machine learning training data company with a large workforce in East Africa, dies at 37 (Danny Crichton/TechCrunch)

A federal jury in California reduces the damages Apple has to pay Canadian IP licensing company WiLan for infringing on two wireless patents from $145M to $85M (Bloomberg)

UK's science minister Chris Skidmore says the UK won't implement EU's Copyright Directive, which includes Article 13, after the country leaves the EU (Chris Smith/Trusted Reviews)

An in-depth look at facial recognition technology, with a primer on how it works, who is using it in the US, and how to avoid it online and in public (The California Sunday Magazine)

Laws that ban facial recognition miss the larger point: we need laws on all tech used for identification and to decide how much of our data should be surveilled (Bruce Schneier/New York Times)

GelSight raises $10M Series B for its imaging system that uses an elastomeric-based sensor and computer vision to produce highly accurate 3D maps of surfaces (Jeremy Bogaisky/Forbes)

Galvanize to be acquired by education company K12 Inc. for $165M in cash, according to an email to shareholders; some shareholders won't get proceeds (Kate Clark/The Information)

Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann launches Byte, a Vine-like short-form video app, on iOS and Android, aims to start its partner program to pay creators "soon" (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

Google has started charging law enforcement agencies fees for legal demands of user information such as emails, location tracking information and search queries (New York Times)

LA-based commercial real estate marketplace CRExi raises $29M, says it had $700B worth of transactions on its platform (Jonathan Shieber/TechCrunch)

YouTube gains exclusive streaming rights to Activision Blizzard's big esports events like Overwatch League, which was a Twitch exclusive for the past two years (Nick Statt/The Verge)

CloudKnox Security, which lets companies protect their private and public clouds from insider threats via "least privilege" policies, raises $12M Series A (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)

Beacon Platform, an application development platform designed for capital markets, raises $20M Series B (FinSMEs)

Sources: Accenture has sent a form to Facebook content moderators working at a European facility requiring them to acknowledge that their job could cause PTSD (Madhumita Murgia/Financial Times)

Clayton Christensen, the author of the theory of disruptive innovation, dies at 67 (Tad Walch/Deseret News)

After backlash, Google backtracks on desktop search redesign which made it hard to distinguish ads from organic results, will experiment with favicon placements (Nick Statt/The Verge)

LogiNext, an automation and analytics platform for B2B transportation and B2C delivery businesses, raises $39M Series B led by Tiger Global and Steadview (Biswarup Gooptu/The Economic Times)

Life House, which started as a hotel management software provider and now also operates boutique hotels under its own brand, raises $30M Series B (Mary Ann Azevedo/Crunchbase News)

Tech CEOs at Davos dodge issues such as privacy, misinformation, extremist content, and antitrust violations by focusing on the need for global AI regulation (Bloomberg)

Sources: Commerce Dept. withdrew proposed rules making it harder for US firms to sell to Huawei from overseas facilities following DOD and Treasury objections (Bob Davis/Wall Street Journal)

Sources: Accenture is making its YouTube content moderators sign a document acknowledging that performing the job can cause PTSD (Casey Newton/The Verge)

Profile of Tony Blevins, the VP of procurement at Apple, known as the Blevinator for his ability to stare down suppliers and slash prices to the bone (Tripp Mickle/Wall Street Journal)

LA-based esports training platform ProGuides, which offers online classes from popular professional gamers for $7.99 a month, raises $5M seed funding led by M13 (Matt Perez/Forbes)

In the aftermath of StockX's 2019 data breach, customers continue to face challenges including fraudulent purchases and lack of customer service responses (Ian Servantes/Input)

London police announce it'll start using live facial recognition cameras within a month for five to six hours at a time with bespoke lists of suspects each time (BBC)

Inside the Pwn2Own Miami 2020 hacking contest, where hackers targeted industrial control systems software for the first time (Andy Greenberg/Wired)

Kaspersky Lab: in 2019, ~30% of all macOS malware detections derived from the Shlayer trojan, an unsophisticated malware that spreads via fake app installs (Tara Seals/Threatpost)

Security startup Privafy launches with $22M in funding, claims its products protect data in motion across networks, mobile and remote devices, and cloud apps (Jessica Lyons Hardcastle/SDxCentral)

Inside the IRS's probe into Facebook, including emails from 2008 where Sandberg and Ted Price, Facebook's head of tax, discuss tax havens for parking profits (Paul Kiel/ProPublica)

Source: Samsung is working on Quick Share, an AirDrop-like feature to allow sharing of files between enabled Galaxy phones, likely launching with Galaxy S20 (Max Weinbach/XDA Developers)

Study: since the rollout of iOS 13, which warns users of apps tracking their location, marketers have collected 68% less background and 24% less foreground data (Jared Newman/Fast Company)

Google confirms that I/O 2020 will take place from May 12 to May 14 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View (Jay Peters/The Verge)

Broadcom signs 2 new multi-year agreements with Apple, says it expects to generate $15B by supplying wireless chips for Apple devices released through mid-2023 (Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)

Broadcom to supply wireless components to Apple (Amal S/Reuters)

Intel beats with Q4 revenue of $20.2B, up 8% YoY, vs. $19.2B est., and Data Center Group revenue of $7.2B, up 19% YoY; stock up 6%+ after hours (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)

Dataset Search, Google's search engine for datasets, is now out of beta, with a mobile version, new tools to better filter searches, and access to ~25M datasets (James Vincent/The Verge)

Software Motor Company, which develops software to make electric motors in HVAC systems more efficient, raises $25M from BMW to apply its tech to electric cars (Eric Walz/Futurecar.com)

DHS issues an alert about six flaws in popular health care devices from GE Healthcare that could affect device functionality and expose patients' health info (Jeff Stone/CyberScoop)

Amazon claims Prime Video has 65K titles, but 66% of those are user uploaded, including thousands of short instructional clips and conspiracy-theory videos (Wall Street Journal)

Experts say FTI's report on the hack of Bezos' phone does not explain why FTI wasn't able to decrypt the malicious file or perform actions like jailbreaking (Shannon Vavra/CyberScoop)

Bear Robotics, which is developing autonomous robot waiters, raises $32M Series A led by SoftBank (Connie Loizos/TechCrunch)

Tech executives and employees, particularly from Facebook, have become increasingly common targets for swatting; Adam Mosseri was swatted in November (Sheera Frenkel/New York Times)

New York-based project management platform Clubhouse raises $25M Series B led by Greylock Partners, source says at a valuation of $100M (Alex Konrad/Forbes)

San Diego-based edge AI chip maker Kneron raises $40M led by Horizons Ventures, bringing the total raised in its Series A round to $73M (DealStreetAsia)

Match Group invests in safety app Noonlight to add features like a panic button, check-in, and photo verification to its dating apps, starting with Tinder (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

TikTok signs licensing deal with music rights agency Merlin for indie label music in videos and, source says, in its upcoming music streaming service Resso (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Hivebrite, a community management and engagement platform, raises $20M Series A led by Insight Partners, bringing its total raised to about $23M (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

NYPD disputes facial recognition firm Clearview AI's claim that it identified a terrorism suspect; company's founders have previous connections to the far right (BuzzFeed News)

Microsoft starts rolling out developer kits and emulators for its dual-screen Surface Duo Android phone and Windows 10X-based Surface Neo (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

Google's new look for desktop search results blurs the lines between ads and search results, leading many critics to identify it as a dark pattern (Jon Porter/The Verge)

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1,292 students gets speaker's N8.2m scholarship in Katsina - Vanguard

11 opposition parties adopt PDP for Enugu LG election - Vanguard

11 opposition parties adopt PDP for Enugu LG election - Vanguard

13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away - Daily Independent

15 Facts You Never Knew About Naira Marley - Daily Independent

2019 Corruption Index: ActionAid Nigeria Calls For Stiffer Penalties For Looters - The Authority

2019 Corruption Perception Index: ActionAid calls for stiffer punishment on looters - Vanguard

2019 CPI: Action Aid calls for stiffer punishment for looter, citizens inclusion - Guardian

2020: No man can unseat Obaseki Umahi - Punch

2022: Anambra needs home grown governor 'Okolo, governorship aspirant - Vanguard

2023: PDP so sure APC's time is up - Vanguard

21 killed, 195 injured in Bayelsa election violence 'Panel - The Sun

26-year-old Actress Sejal Sharma Commits Suicide - Guardian

26-year-old Nigerian, 11 others emerge global SDGs Ambassador - Tribune

26-year-old Nigerian, 11 others emerge global SDGs Ambassador - Tribune

30 Trafficked Female Nigerians Return from Mali - Thisday

300 sanitation offenders prosecuted in Nasarawa - PM News

4 arrested for Ogun LG boss' kidnap - The Sun

4 Major Side Effects Of Marijuana You Should Know About - Guardian

40,000 people living in makeshift detention centres in Libya - Al Jazeera

4359 candidates meet UI admission cut-off, 15,123 fail - PM News

5 Held For Allegedly Robbing At Gunpoint - Daily Independent

5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Eating Peanut Butter - Guardian

6 Killed, 2 Injured As German Police Arrest Gunman - Daily Independent

A 2-year-old has been sickened. More than 230 are in critical condition in China. And a hospital is being built in six days. Follow the latest on the Wuhan coronavirus here - CNN

A lot has changed since China's SARS outbreak 17 years ago. But some things haven't - CNN

A new global epidemic - Al Jazeera

A senator just asked 4 of Trump's cabinet officials 'when and how' the government might block travel from China to the US - Business Insider

A/Ibom Rerun: Police Allegedly Recover Hijacked Materials In Politician's House - Daily Independent

Abductions, unrest hit Cross Rivers rerun polls - Daily Trust

Abia commissioner distances self from arrest of pensioners - The Authority

Abule-Egba explosion: Govt to meet with NNPC on compensation for victims ' Sanwo-Olu - Tribune

Adamawa Govt. To Conduct Promotion Examination For Senior Civil Servants - Daily Independent

Adamawa: Senator Abbo attracts dams to constituency - Blueprint

Adoption of Supplementary Act a major achievement of the Fourth Legislature of ECOWAS Parliament says Secretary General - The Authority

Afenifere Asks Police Not to Cover-Up Yusuf's Murder - Thisday

Africa has potential to be biggest economic miracle, says AfDB President - Tribune

AIbom rerun: Police arrest suspects who allegedly hijacked election materials - The Nation

Air Force postpones induction of new Agusta helicopters - PM News

Akeredolu seeks more synergy among agencies to tackle insecurity - Daily Times

Akeredolu: South-west Govs Set to Meet President over Amotekun - Thisday

Akpabio vs Ekpenyong senatorial election rerun: Police, Akwa Ibom S/govt disagree on movement restriction - The Sun

Akpabio/Ekpenyong senatorial election rerun: Police, Akwa Ibom govt disagree on movement restriction - The Sun

Akwa Ibom Election: INEC Officials Held 'Hostage' In Minister's Ward ' Commission - Daily Independent

Akwa Ibom rerun: 'Call REC Igini to order,' APC tells INEC - The Sun

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