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February 11, 2021, 4:55 PM

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Will Oremus / OneZero :
Clubhouse employs an unusually aggressive user onboarding process, pressuring users to upload contacts before ranking those contacts based on total connections  —  The app pressures you to upload your phone's contacts — and makes them visible in surprising ways
William Turton / Bloomberg:
Some Black medical professionals who are voluntarily countering misinfo on Clubhouse about COVID-19 and its vaccine say they have been harassed and bullied  —  - Conspiracies flourish on app including about vaccines and 5G  — 'Hey, I was skeptical too, but here's where I am now'
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Google adds some of its Pixel-exclusive photo editing features to Google Photos, but they are paywalled behind Google One  —  Previously Pixel-exclusive features are coming to other devices — for a price  —  Google is adding some of its fancy, Pixel-exclusive editing features …
Sami Fathi / MacRumors:
Starting with iOS 14.5, Apple will proxy the Safe Browsing service in Safari through its own servers instead of Google's to protect user data  —  Starting with iOS and iPadOS 14.5, Apple will proxy Google's “Safe Browsing” service used in Safari through its own servers instead of relying …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Microsoft pres. says US and other countries should consider adopting rules like Australia's proposed laws, which force tech companies to pay for news content  —  Microsoft President Brad Smith told Axios in an interview that the U.S. and other countries should consider adopting media rules …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft drops the price of foldable Surface Duo by $400 to $999 and says it will arrive in the UK, France, Germany, and Canada on Feb. 18, expanding beyond US  —  The first international release for Microsoft's dual-screen device  —  Microsoft is dropping the price of its foldable Surface Duo device …
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Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Twitter changes its position and says it will add labels to the personal accounts of heads of state from next week  —  It's also adding more specificity to the text in the labels that identify such accounts  —  Beginning next week, Twitter will add labels to the personal accounts of heads …
Financial Times:
Sources: Microsoft made an offer to acquire Pinterest in recent months; source says the talks are not active right now  —  Microsoft approached Pinterest in recent months about a potential deal to acquire the $51bn social media company popular with hobbyists posting home decor …
Daniel Goldblatt / The Wrap:
Facebook says Instagram has removed Robert F Kennedy Jr's account for making false claims about COVID-19 and vaccines  —  Move comes as the company is expanding efforts to crack down on conspiracy theory content  —  Instagram removed Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s account on Wednesday …
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Staffers at Medium in editorial, engineering, design, and product units say they're unionizing; a majority of about 140 employees signed union cards with CWA  —  New York (CNN Business)Gawker Media made history five years ago for being the first digital news company to ratify a union contract …
Diep Tran / Backstage:
SAG-AFTRA approves an influencer agreement, extending its coverage to anyone who is paid to advertise products via their social media platforms  —  If you make your living as an influencer on TikTok, Instagram, Twitch, or any other social media platform, you will soon have union protection.
Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Disney says it now has 94.9M Disney+ subscribers  —  - Disney+ now has more than 94.9 million subscribers.  — Last quarter, the company said its streaming service will have 230 million to 260 million subscribers by 2024.  —  Disney announced Thursday that its streaming platform surpassed 94.9 million subscribers.
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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Labelbox, which develops data annotation and labeling software, raises $40M Series C led by B Capital Group, bringing its total raised to $79M  —  Labelbox, a startup developing a data annotation and labeling platform, today announced that it's raised $40 million, bringing its total raised to $79 million.

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