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November 21, 2020, 9:45 PM

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Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:
A look at the growing world of virtual HQs on services like Branch, Gather, and Huddle, which are using spatial tech to create a metaverse dedicated to work  —  ‘The future of transportation is no transportation’  —  In retrospect, 2019 feels like the working world's last dance with spontaneity.
Samuel Axon / Ars Technica:
Craig Federighi, Johny Srouji, and Greg Joswiak on how Apple designed M1, the importance of UMA, non-linear increase in performance at higher power levels, more  —  Craig Federighi, Johny Srouji, and Greg Joswiak tell us the Apple Silicon story.  —  Some time ago, in an Apple campus building, a group of engineers got together.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
A year in, Stadia's free-to-play and added phone support are great, but it needs a successful Cyberpunk 2077 launch to be seen as a true console alternative  —  Firing up a big-budget modern video game inside a Chrome browser window for the first time feels like you're tapping into some arcane magic …
David Jeans / Forbes:
Profile of Vishal Garg, CEO of Better.com, who is fighting lawsuits that accuse him of fraud and misappropriation of funds at previous business ventures  —  The $4 billion fintech startup is hurtling towards an IPO.  But its volatile leader is fighting multiple lawsuits that could complicate his ambitions.
TechCrunch:
a16z closes two new funds totaling $4.5B, focused on early and later-stage investments, bringing total assets under management to $16.5B  —  Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has closed a pair of funds totaling $4.5 billion, the firm confirmed in a blog post this morning.
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Fourteen states and DC released their contact tracing apps so far, with CA and others to follow, but adoption has been uneven due to politicization of COVID-19  —  Exposure notification technology, now available to more Americans, shows promise  —  Covid-19 contact-tracing apps from Apple Inc …
Damian Radcliffe / ZDNet:
Report: in the Middle East, $704M was invested across 564 different startups in 2019, compared to only $15M in five venture deals in 2009  —  The coronavirus is having an impact, but the Middle East's startup scene is showing some unexpected trends.  —  At the end of last year, the Middle East's startup scene was on the up and up.

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