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February 10, 2021, 8:30 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.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources: Facebook is building an audio chat product, currently in the earliest stages of development, that is similar to Clubhouse  —  The social network, which has a history of cloning its competitors, has started working on an audio chat product.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is building …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Ax Sharma / BleepingComputer:
A researcher was able to breach 35+ companies, including Microsoft and Apple, using a 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 …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Europol, working with US, UK, and others, says 10 people have been arrested for allegedly stealing $100M in cryptocurrency from celebrities via SIM-swap attacks  —  Eight men were arrested in England and Scotland as part of an investigation into a series of SIM swapping attacks targeting US celebrities.
Justine Calma / The Verge:
Tesla's $1.5B bitcoin purchase conflicts with its environmental goals, as mining the cryptocurrency consumes massive amounts of energy by design  —  Tesla's banking on a cryptocurrency that's inherently inefficient  —  Tesla just gave bitcoin a big boost that's likely to result …
Financial Times:
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 …
David Yaffe-Bellany / Bloomberg:
Biden administration asks a federal judge to put litigation over Trump's proposed TikTok ban on hold while it undertakes a review  —  The Biden administration asked a federal judge in Washington to put on hold the litigation over a ban on the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok that was pursued by former president Donald Trump.
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.
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Uber reports mixed Q4 results: revenue drops 16% YoY to $3.2B, net loss narrows to $968M from $1.1B YoY; net loss in 2020 was $6.77B, down from $8.51B in 2019  —  - Uber's losses are narrowing as delivery growth continues to outpace a drop in ride-sharing revenue.
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.
Sky Sports:
Instagram to impose stricter penalties, including removing accounts, to prevent abusive messages in DMs, after racist abuse was directed at footballers  —  Instagram to remove accounts of people who send abusive messages while developing new controls to help reduce the abuse people …
Bloomberg:
Satya Nadella says social media platforms need clear laws to govern which accounts should be removed instead of making free speech decisions themselves  —  U.S. technology companies should be ready to face greater global competition—including from China, Nadella says
Nikkei Asia:
Sources: Apple has partnered with TSMC to develop advanced micro OLED displays that are built directly onto wafers, which makes them thin and light  —  IPhone maker works on tech for augmented reality devices at secretive Taiwan lab  —  TAOYUAN, Taiwan — Apple has partnered …
Ben Miller / New York Business Journal:
NYC-based lottery ticket app Jackpocket, available in nine US states, raises $50M Series C, bringing its total raised to $79.6M  —  Jackpocket, the app that lets users play lottery games in nine different states, said it's raised $50 million in Series C funding.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Nobl9, which helps speed up feature development using software-defined Service Level Objectives, raises $21M Series B led by Battery Ventures and CRV  —  SLAs, SLOs, SLIs.  If there's one thing everybody in the business of managing software development loves, it's acronyms.
The Information:
Sources: Stir Money, whose software helps video and audio producers, writers, and performers manage their income, raises Series A led by a16z at $100M valuation  —  Andreessen Horowitz recently won a competitive deal to lead the Series A financing of Stir Money, a startup whose software helps video …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
French startup Powder, which helps users share clips of video 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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