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Trump signs TRACED Act into law to increase robocall fines, extend statute of limitations from 1 to 4 years, and require carriers to deploy STIR/SHAKEN protocol (Devin Coldewey/TechCrunch)

Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch: Trump signs TRACED Act into law to increase robocall fines, extend statute of limitations from 1 to 4 years, and require carriers to deploy STIR/SHAKEN protocol  —  The Pallone-Thrune TRACED Act, a bipartisan bit of legislation that should make life harder for the villains behind robocalls, was signed into law today by the president.

US shoppers are expected to return $100B worth of unwanted goods bought this holiday season; online purchases 3x more likely to be returned than those in stores (Alistair Gray/Financial Times)

Alistair Gray / Financial Times: US shoppers are expected to return $100B worth of unwanted goods bought this holiday season; online purchases 3x more likely to be returned than those in stores  —  US consumers are expected to send back a record $100bn worth of unwanted goods bought between Thanksgiving and Christmas as the rise of ecommerce causes a returns epidemic.

Analysis: 142 startups, including 78 from the US and 22 from China, became unicorns in 2019, down from 158 in 2018; unicorns raised $85.1B vs. $139B in 2018 (GenTITELTITELTITELTITELeacute; Teare/Crunchbase News)

Gené Teare / Crunchbase News: Analysis: 142 startups, including 78 from the US and 22 from China, became unicorns in 2019, down from 158 in 2018; unicorns raised $85.1B vs. $139B in 2018  —  In 2019, unicorns were far from mythical and Crunchbase followed them every step of the way.  This year (as of Dec. 25, 2019) …

Since GDPR became law in May 2018, the only substantial privacy-related action against a major tech company happened in the US, where Facebook was fined $5B (Nicholas Vinocur/Politico)

Nicholas Vinocur / Politico: Since GDPR became law in May 2018, the only substantial privacy-related action against a major tech company happened in the US, where Facebook was fined $5B  —  The world´s toughest privacy law proves toothless in the eyes of many critics.  —  More than 18 months after the European Union began implementing …
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