New Phones Samsung Won’t Convert Any iPhone Fans, But the High-End Version Is Gorgeous

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New Galaxy S21 phones of Samsung launch on January 29. I’ve been using two of the three new models, the entry-level Galaxy S21 and high-end Galaxy S21 Ultra for the past week or so. Samsung has the largest share of the smartphone market around the world, largely thanks to its low-cost phones. But these phones aren’t cheap.

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Twitter Locks China Embassy’s Account In US Over Tweet About Uighur Women

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Twitter said it locked the account of China embassy’s in the United States over a tweet about Uighur women that violated company policy against dehumanization. The Chinese Embassy account, @ChineseEmbinUS, tweeted in January that Uighur women had been emancipated by government policy from being “baby making machines.”

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Big Bet Of Spotify On Podcasts Is Failing, Citi Analysts Says

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Multi-million dollar bet of Spotify into podcasting may not be working out, Citi analysts wrote in a note to clients Friday. “The cadence of Premium gross additions (through 3Q20) and app download data (through 4Q20) do not show any material benefit from recent podcast investments (that began in 2019,” the analysts wrote. The firm downgraded the stock to Sell from Neutral.

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Google To Pause Political Advertisements Again Ahead Of Inauguration

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Google will pause political advertisements along with any referencing “impeachment, inauguration or protests at the U.S. Capitol” beginning Thursday. “We regularly pause ads over unpredictable, ‘sensitive’ events when ads can be used to exploit the event or amplify misleading information,” Google said in a statement Wednesday.

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As Tensions With Software Companies Rise Apple Touts Record App Store Holiday Sales

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Apple’s App Store customers spent a record $540 million on New Year’s first day alone, marking a 40% increase from last year, the company said Wednesday in its annual services report. On top of that, Apple announced it generated $1.8 billion in App Store sales of digital good in the week between Christmas eve and now has 90 million monthly active users for its Apple Books app.

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