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November 29, 2020, 12:25 AM

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Katie Abel / Footwear News:
Zappos co-founder Tony Hsieh, who stepped down as CEO earlier this year, has died at age 46, reportedly from injuries sustained in a house fire in Connecticut  —  Tony Hsieh, the brilliant and big-hearted Zappos.com luminary who revolutionized the shoe business and built one of the most innovative companies in modern history, has died.
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Om Malik / On my Om:
A tribute to Tony Hsieh, a notable figure on the startup scene since 1996, and whose life recalls a friendlier and less polarized Internet era  —  Tony Hsieh, an Internet entrepreneur and former CEO of Zappos, an Amazon company, died from injuries incurred during a house fire when visiting family in Connecticut on November 27, 2020.
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Interviews with tech leaders on Tony Hsieh's legacy, his student life at Harvard, his unconventional business approach, and the culture he built at Zappos  —  Tony Hsieh, bestselling author and longtime former CEO of ecommerce pioneer Zappos.com, died at age 46 on Friday.
Christine Hall / Crunchbase News:
HMBradley, a Santa Monica-based banking startup which offers up to 3% interest on savings accounts, raises $18.25M Series A led by Acrew Capital  —  As consumers look for ways to make their money earn more money, digital banking platform HMBradley is developing programs to reward savers.
@erratarob:
[Thread] A look at the “black magic” that lets Apple's M1 chip achieve extraordinary performance and efficiency gains  —  1/ In case you were wondering: Apple's replacement for Intel processors turns out to work really, really well. Some otherwise skeptical techies are calling it “black magic”. It runs Intel code extraordinarily well.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Adobe: US consumers spent $9B online on Black Friday, up 21.6% YoY, with 40% of sales coming via smartphones  —  Black Friday — the day that launched 1,000 other shopping holidays — may have lost its place as the “start” of the Christmas shopping season by now (it gets bigger and earlier with each passing year).
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
A report on student grades from Virginia reveals that online learning has led to a sharp drop in students' academic performance  —  A report on student grades from one of the nation's largest school districts offers some of the first concrete evidence that online learning is forcing …
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
As Facebook and Google continue to ban political ads, Republican super PACs are spending millions on other platforms that offer no advertiser transparency  —  Facebook and Google are still banning political ads on their platforms, but that hasn't stopped Republican super PACs from spending millions …

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