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Huawei's Many Troubles: Bans, Alleged Spies, and Backdoors
Wired

Its execs have been arrested. Its gear is banned in places. And countries are reconsidering relationships with the company. How much trouble is Huawei really in? more…

Riding the RV revolution, Outdoorsy fuels up with $50 million in fresh funding
TechCrunch

Outdoorsy is building for the road ahead. The three-year-old company, which connects customers with underused RVs and other trucks big enough to camp in overnight, just raised $50 million in Series C funding led by Greenspring Associates, with participation f… more…

Tesla to cut workforce by 7% and focus on Model 3 production
TechCrunch

Tesla is cutting 7% of its full-time workforce. The company disclosed the headcount reduction in an update emailed to all employees and also posted to its website. In the email, CEO Elon Musk says the focus must be on delivering “at least the mid-range Model … more…

Canada’s Telus says partner Huawei is ‘reliable’: reports
TechCrunch

The US-China tension over Huawei is leaving telecommunications companies around the world at a crossroad, but one spoke out last week. Telus, one of Canada’s largest phone companies showed support for its Chinese partner despite a global backlash against Huaw… more…

Infor lands $1.5 billion investment ahead of possible IPO
TechCrunch

Infor, a NYC-based enterprise software company, announced a massive $1.5 billion investment today that could be the precursor to an IPO down the road. One analyst is estimating that the valuation could be at least $60 billion. The investment is being led by K… more…

FanDuel cofounder Tom Griffiths just closed a seed round for his decidedly noncontroversial new startup, Hone
TechCrunch

Tom Griffiths has founded four companies, two of which “weren’t much to write home about,” he jokes. The third captured the world’s attention: FanDuel, the fantasy sports company that was routinely in the press — not always for desirable reasons— from nearly … more…

Fiserv is buying First Data in a $22B fintech megadeal
TechCrunch

While we will continue to see a lot of consolidation among smaller startups in the area of financial technology, or fintech, there are also some much bigger combinations at play to help tap into economies of scale against current and future competition. Today… more…

A first look at Twitter’s new beta app and its bid to remain ‘valuable and relevant’
TechCrunch

Twitter has made a name for itself, at its most basic level, as a platform that gives everyone who uses it a voice. But as it has grown, that unique selling point has set Twitter up for as many challenges — harassment, confusing way to manage conversations — … more…

8 of the best soundbars for your TV and home theater
Mashable

As great as TVs are today, the audio leaves a lot to be desired. Most speakers are built into the back or bottom of a flatscreen, which aren't ideal locations for quality audio. That's why you need to invest in a soundbar. Besides delivering generally better … more…

Google’s Fossil deal won’t save Wear OS
Ars Technica

A deal with a fashion brand isn't going to fix a dead hardware ecosystem. more…

Remember when Bill Gates challenged Slash to Guitar Hero? 13 years of Ars at CES
Ars Technica

Some highlighted tech proved game-changing; others were Zen music players and hot air. more…

Stop the presses: How a new publishing platform can help local news
Blog.google

The challenges of local newsrooms are well-documented. Newspapers with long histories have had to cut back on staff and reduce coverage and reporters who try to start new digital publications face an interminable struggle with technical and business problems.… more…

Nippon Life president says actively exploring M&A in U.S.
Reuters

Nippon Life Insurance Co is actively seeking mergers and acquisitions overseas, with a focus on the United States and Asia's emerging economies, the president of Japan's largest life insurer said on Monday. more…

Factbox: Huawei's challenges in Europe mount after Polish arrests
Reuters

China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], the leading global supplier of telecoms network equipment, faces questions over its access to European markets after the arrest of a sales executive in Poland on suspicion of spying. more…

Trump tariffs force tough choices at U.S. auto suppliers
Reuters

Bob Roth makes no bones about his feelings towards U.S. manufacturing. more…

How to make Google Home personal for everyone in your home
Androidcentral.com

While only one person can own a Google Home, it's a device that everyone in your home can interact with, so why not allow Google Assistant to be as personal for them as it is for you? Google Assistant speakers like the Google Home line have allowed multiple u… more…

Lenders cut mortgage rates to give a kick-start to 2019
The Guardian (AU)

As Brexit takes its toll on the property market, there is some good news for borrowers First-time buyers and homeowners remortgaging their properties have been given some good news at the start of the year as a number of lenders have cut their rates in an inc… more…

The best meal kit delivery services of 2019 - CNET
Cnet.com

These convenient meal kit services deliver weekly menus and preportioned ingredients to enthusiastic but time-poor home cooks. more…

Hims Scored Big With Male Consumers. Can It Repeat The Trick With Women?
Entrepreneur.com

The year-old startup got men to comfortably talk about uncomfortable issues. Now, the launch of Hers will test its ability to reach women with the same level of finesse. more…

Beyond Nostalgia: How Brands Can Leverage the Powers of 'Fauxstalgia' and 'Newstalgia'
Entrepreneur.com

Millennials are the last age cohort to remember life with CDs and without digital technology. No wonder they look back fondly at the past. more…