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1. A first look at the new Twitter beta application and its commitment to remain “valuable and relevant”
In the coming weeks, Twitter will launch a new beta program, in which a select group of users will have access to new features, through a separate app, and a way to discuss new features with others. Then Twitter will use the data to decide how and if they turn those tests into full product features for everyone else.
TechCrunch sat down with Sara Haider, Twitter’s director of product management, to take a closer look at the new app.
2. Apple HomePod hits China at $ 400 amid iPhone sales woes
Apple said over the weekend that its smart speaker will be available in mainland China and Hong Kong starting January 18, and will be added to the list of countries it has entered, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia. , Canada, France, Germany, Mexico and Spain.
3. Some of the larger web hosting sites were vulnerable to simple account takeover hacks
In some cases, clicking on a single link would have been enough for Paulos Yibelo, a well-known and respected bug hunter, to take over the accounts of anyone using five major hosting providers: Bluehost, DreamHost, Hostgator, OVH and iPage.
Four. Wiliot Gets $ 30M From Amazon, Avery Dennison, Samsung For A Chip That Is Powered By Environmental Radio Frequencies
Wiliot manufactures semiconductors that use ambient nanowatts of electromagnetic energy from cellular networks, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to operate without batteries or other traditional wired power sources. (The startup has yet to make or market its chips, but TechCrunch’s Ingrid Lunden has seen a demo.)
5. Samsung’s new Galaxy M smartphones will be launched in India for the first time.
Samsung is trying to regain its lead in India, the world’s second-largest smartphone market behind China, after losing it to Xiaomi in late 2017.
6. How open source software took over the world.
Mike Volpi of Index Ventures argues that a number of fundamental changes have improved the prospects for open source companies.
7. Scape Technologies Raises $ 8M for Machines to Visually Understand Their Environment
The technology will initially focus on augmented reality applications, but can also be used to power applications in mobility, logistics, and robotics. More generally, Scape wants to allow any machine equipped with a camera to understand its environment.