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February 10, 2021, 1:15 PM

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New York Times:
Facebook says it will test a reduction of political content in News Feed for some users in Canada, Brazil, and Indonesia this week, and the US in coming weeks  —  News feeds will start getting less political content in Canada, Brazil and Indonesia, the social network said, with the change reaching the U.S. in coming weeks.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it has suspended 500+ accounts in India for violating rules but has not taken any action on accounts of journalists, activists, and politicians  —  Twitter said on Wednesday it has taken actions on more than 500 accounts and reduced visibility of some hashtags in India …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the Trump-driven plan to force the sale of TikTok to a group including Oracle and Walmart has been shelved indefinitely  —  Trump-driven deal had languished as video-sharing app's Chinese owner mounted successful legal challenges  —  WASHINGTON—A U.S. plan to force the sale …
Nikkei Asia:
Sources: Apple has partnered with TSMC to develop advanced micro OLED displays at a secretive facility in Taiwan  —  IPhone maker works on tech for augmented reality devices at secretive Taiwan lab  —  TAOYUAN, Taiwan — Apple has partnered with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co …
Ax Sharma / BleepingComputer:
A researcher was able to breach 35+ companies, including Microsoft and Apple, in a new software supply chain attack that leveraged an open source ecosystem flaw  —  A researcher managed to breach over 35 major companies' internal systems, including Microsoft, Apple, PayPal, Shopify, Netflix …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Twitter says it expects expenses growth of 25%+ in 2021, alongside a 20% workforce bump; forecasts user growth to slow to the low double digits after Q1  —  - Twitter's stock was flat in after-hours trading on Tuesday after the company reported its fourth-quarter earnings …
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
How software developers in NY took action to build better websites for scheduling vaccine appointments, after government websites proved to be not user-friendly  —  New Yorkers with tech skills were appalled when they tried to make vaccine appointments for older relatives.  They knew there was a better way.
Saqib Shah / Engadget:
Google launches Google News Showcase in UK and Argentina, after debuting the service in Australia last week, and says it now has over 450 publications globally  —  Google News Showcase is starting to roll out to more countries worldwide, including the UK and Argentina, on the heels of its Australian launch last week.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
In iOS 14.5 beta, Maps adds a feature letting US users report accidents, hazards, and speed checks along their route using Siri or CarPlay  —  The iOS 14.5 beta, available to developers and public beta testers, adds a new Apple Maps feature that lets you report accidents, hazards …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Salesforce says “the 9-to-5 workday is dead” and that after the pandemic most staff will work a flex schedule, going into the office 1-3 days per week  —  ‘It no longer makes sense to expect employees to work an eight-hour shift.’  —  Cloud computing company Salesforce is joining …
Financial Times:
Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, whose combined power usage tops 45 TWh/year, compete to buy clean energy and meet their ambitious climate goals  —  Standing on top of a giant wind turbine in Texas, 300 feet above the ground, Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos raised a bottle …
Mikhail Klimentov / Washington Post:
Riot Games CEO Nicolas Laurent has been accused of gender-based harassment in a lawsuit filed by a former executive assistant who was terminated in July 2020  —  A lawsuit filed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court in January by Sharon O'Donnell, a former executive assistant at Riot Games …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
French startup Powder, which helps users share video clips of their favorite games, raises $14M Series A led by Serena, bringing its total raised to $18M  —  Meet Powder, a French startup that helps you share video clips of your favorite games, follow people with the same interests and interact with them.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Thrasio, which consolidates third party sellers on Amazon to provide better economies of scale, raises $750M led by Oaktree and Advent  —  The Amazon Marketplace roll-up play is well and truly underway.  In the latest development, Thrasio — one of the biggest and earliest movers in the market …
Michael Vizard / VentureBeat:
Vivun, which offers a SaaS product to automate the management of presales processes, raises $35M Series B led by Menlo Ventures  —  Vivun provides a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform dubbed Hero that automates the management of presales processes.  Today the company revealed …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
AccessiBe, which provides an accessibility overlay to help companies become ADA compliant, raises $28M Series A  —  If you want to make your website accessible right now but lack the resources for the kind of serious revamp it would take, an “accessibility overlay” may take the pressure off while the work gets done.

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