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February 12, 2021, 8:55 AM

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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'
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
Alex Kantrowitz / Big Technology:
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Oversight Board co-chair says if the project is a success, other platforms and tech companies would be “more than welcome” to work with the board  —  The Facebook Oversight Board has only been operational for a short time, but the nascent project is already looking ahead.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
US House Committee on Energy and Commerce sent a letter to Apple raising concerns over reports that App Privacy labels offer “misleading and false information”  —  The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce this week sent a letter to Apple [PDF] inquiring about the accuracy …
Jenny Leonard / BloombergQuint:
Biden administration says it is working to address the global chip shortage; Biden is expected to sign an EO directing a supply chain review in the coming weeks  —  (Bloomberg) — The Biden administration is working to address the global semiconductor shortage that has caused auto manufacturers …
Stephanie Chan / Sensor Tower Blog:
Global consumer spending in top 100 non-game subscription apps grew 34% in 2020 to $13B; spending in App Store grew 32% to $10.3B, Play Store grew 42% to $2.7B  —  Consumer spending in mobile apps reached new heights in 2020, as did revenue generated from in-app subscriptions.

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