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February 12, 2021, 11:30 AM

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Kate Klonick / New Yorker:
A look at the making of Facebook's Oversight Board, its members, Zuckerberg's rationale for its existence, and criticisms of the endeavor  —  The company has created a board that can overrule even Mark Zuckerberg.  Soon, it will decide whether to allow Trump back on Facebook.
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Bloomberg:
Sources: US investigators say hardware and firmware of Supermicro servers were tampered with an extra chip loaded with backdoor code to send data to China  —  In 2010, the U.S. Department of Defense found thousands of its computer servers sending military network data to China …
Neil Cybart / Above Avalon:
According to an estimate Apple Watch reached 100M users in December, 30M of which came in 2020; 35% of US iPhone users wear an Apple Watch  —  More than 100 million people wear an Apple Watch.  Based on my estimates, Apple surpassed the important adoption milestone this past December.
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 …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches its first standalone Apple TV+ AR app, with a For All Mankind backstory and exclusive content for the latest iPad Pro and iPhone 12 Pro models  —  Apple's rumored augmented reality experience for Apple TV+ has arrived in the form of For All Mankind: Time Capsule.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Microsoft President Brad Smith says the US and other countries should adopt Australia's proposed media rules, which require tech firms 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 …
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.
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'
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Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Facebook says it is limiting the distribution of all content posted by Myanmar's military, which has been using the platform to spread misinformation  —  detailed how it's handling the political situation Myanmar in a new post, where it has revealed that it's limiting the distribution of all content posted by the country's military.
David Pierce / Protocol:
Interview with Vimeo's CEO Anjali Sud, who oversaw the streaming service's transition to a B2B SaaS company offering tools for making videos  —  Anjali Sud's first day as Vimeo CEO was an eventful one.  Not only was she standing in front of the company as its new leader, she was telling them that things were about to change.
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Twitter changes its position and says it will add labels to the personal accounts of heads of state starting 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 …
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Bumble closes up 63.5% on its first day of trading, giving it a valuation of about $13B, after raising $2.15B in its IPO  —  - Shares of Bumble, which operates a dating app under the same name, began trading Thursday.  — The company's stock started trading up nearly 77% at $76 per share.

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