Eric Niiler / Wired: Profile of BlueDot, which uses AI to sift through news reports in 65 languages to detect and warn about infectious disease outbreaks like Wuhan Virus  —  The BlueDot algorithm scours news reports and airline ticketing data to predict the spread of diseases like those linked to the flu outbreak in China.

BREAKING NEWS: China Issues New Employment Rules For Dealing with the Coronavirus  China Law Blog

New Orleans, Baton Rouge area People in Business for Jan. 26, 2020

Pennsylvania lawmaker aims to stamp out hair-based discrimination  Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Valley Voices: Disastrous law aimed at protecting employees instead causes job losses

Joe Gruters accused of eroding LGBTQ protections he sponsored  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Amal S / Reuters: Broadcom to supply wireless components to Apple  —  (Reuters) – Chipmaker Broadcom Inc (AVGO.O) said on Thursday it has entered into two multi-year agreements with Apple Inc (AAPL.O) for the supply of wireless components used in its products.  —  The agreements, “2020 SOWs” …

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg: 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  —  – Broadcom put its RF chip business up for sale last year  — Chipmaker to supply components for Apple devices into 2023

Jay Peters / The Verge: Google confirms that I/O 2020 will take place from May 12 to May 14 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View  —  It takes place from May 12 through May 14th  —  Google has just revealed that its next I/O developer conference will take place from May 12th to May 14th.

Jared Newman / Fast Company: Since rollout of iOS 13, which warns users of apps tracking their location, marketers have collected 68% less background and 24% less foreground location data  —  Spare a thought, if you will, for the digital advertisers who have grown dependent on knowing your exact whereabouts at any instant.

Max Weinbach / XDA Developers: 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  —  Competition is huge in the phone industry, as we all know.  Previously, the competition used to be restricted to hardware …

Chance Miller / 9to5Mac: Twitter is rolling out a pop-up feature that lets users add an emoji reaction to a Direct Message, similar to a feature in iMessage  —  Twitter is taking a page out of Apple’s playbook with its latest messaging feature.  The social network announced today that it is rolling out support …

Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News: Austin-based Vapor IO, an edge computing startup, raised $90M from Berkshire Partners and wireless infrastructure giant Crown Castle, says total raise $100M+  —  Edge computing startup Vapor IO announced today the close of its $90 million Series C from private equity firm Berkshire Partners …

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat: Outlier, which uses machine learning to spot anomalies in business data, raises $22.1M Series B led by Emergence, bringing its total raised to $30M+  —  Machine learning algorithms aren’t just technological novelties relegated to tasks like picking out faces in crowded places.

Mike Minotti / VentureBeat: Game studio Playful Studios, which raised $23M from a host of individual investors in August, says it is laying off a significant portion of its full-time staff  —  Playful Corp. announced today that it is laying off a significant portion of its full-time staff today.

Politico: Interview with David Cicilline, the chairman of the House subcommittee on antitrust, on his approach to investigation of Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon  —  Practically everybody in Washington is mad at Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.  David Cicilline might actually do something about it.

Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times: Google says it found five separate flaws in Apple’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention tool for Safari that lets users’ browsing behavior be tracked  —  Google researchers have exposed details of multiple security flaws in its rival Apple’s Safari web browser that allowed users’ browsing behaviour …

Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet: Microsoft will forcibly install the Bing extension in Chrome for Office 365 ProPlus users starting mid-February, to change the default search engine to Bing  —  Microsoft will change the default search engine in Chrome from Google to Bing for its Office 365 ProPlus customers starting mid-February.

Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter: Disney sold its FoxNext video game unit, which it acquired with 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets, to Scopely, a Culver City-based mobile game developer  —  The company is selling the FoxNext video game development studio to the Culver City-based mobile game developer.

William D. Cohan / Fast Company: Interview with Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr., on his $10M smartphone forensics lab and balancing public safety while working under Apple and Google’s rules  —  The Trump administration wants Apple to create a backdoor into the iPhone.  District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. has spent millions trying to find other ways in.