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February 25, 2021, 7:25 PM

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitter announces Super Follow feature to let users charge for tweets, and a Communities feature to let users create and join groups based on specific interests  —  It's also planning a groups feature  —  Twitter announced a pair of big upcoming features today: the ability for users to charge …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Twitter says it is planning a safety mode that would let users automatically block and mute accounts that “might be acting abusive or spammy”  —  The company is also working on a new ‘safety mode’  —  Twitter plans to introduce a way for you to automatically block and mute abusive accounts …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
As part of Epic lawsuit, judge orders Valve to tell Apple how much money 436 Steam games made but narrows the amount of info Valve has to provide overall  —  Apple subpoenaed Valve for the data  —  Valve has been compelled by a California court to provide sales data on more than 400 Steam games …
Jeff John Roberts / Decrypt:
Coinbase files its S-1, reveals profit of $322M in 2020 on $1.2B in revenue, up from a loss of $30M in 2019 on $533M in revenue  —  The recent Bitcoin bull run helped Coinbase pull in a profit of $322 million on revenues of over $1.2 billion in 2020, putting the cryptocurrency giant …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Facebook responds to the Oversight Board's 17 recommendations and commits to action on 11 of them, most of which focus on increasing transparency  —  has agreed to tweak some of its policies in response to recommendations from the Oversight Board.  The board issued its
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook's Andrew Bosworth told staff that Facebook is considering building facial recognition into future smart glasses products, weighing legal implications  —  Facebook is discussing building facial recognition into its upcoming smart glasses product and has been weighing the legal implications …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Airbnb posts a $3.9B loss in Q4 in first quarterly report since IPO, with revenues of $859M, down 22% YoY, blames much of the loss on charges related to the IPO  —  - Airbnb reported a loss of $3.89 billion in its first earnings report since its IPO late last year.  — However, the company beat expectations for revenue.
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Facebook launches a TV, radio, and digital ad campaign in support of personalized ads called Good Ideas Deserve to be Found, ahead of Apple's IDFA changes  —  - Facebook is launching a new ad campaign called “Good Ideas Deserve to be Found,” which makes a case for personalized advertising.
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Smart TVs running Google TV will come with a Basic mode that strips smart features from the TV  —  Google TV is the company's next effort to rule the living room, picking up on the progress that Android TV made over half a decade.  The first smart TVs running on top of Google TV have yet to hit the market …
Matthew Gault / VICE:
Amazon-owned Twitch bans Amazon's anti-union ads, saying they should never have been allowed to run on the service  —  “These ads should never have been allowed to run on our service,” Twitch said.  —  Matthew Gault  —  Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama are voting on unionization …
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Eleven current and ex-Mailchimp employees say company executives knew about allegations of racism and sexism at the company, some as early as 2014  —  Alejandra Luaces had only worked at Mailchimp for four months when she got a surprising anonymous email.  “Oliver* is in an open marriage …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
AT&T and PE firm TPG reach a deal to make DirecTV a standalone company with TPG owning 30%; the deal is valued at $16.25B, includes DirecTV, AT&T TV, U-verse  —  The sides have been in talks for months as AT&T has sought to find a solution to the problem of DirecTV's subscriber losses dragging …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
India issues tougher rules for tech firms and streaming services like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Netflix over resolving user complaints and more  —  India announced sweeping rules to regulate social media firms, streaming services, and digital news outlets, joining a handful of other nations …
Emily Birnbaum / Protocol:
First House antitrust hearing of the new Congress saw bipartisan agreement on antitrust reforms, including on reforming burden of proof in merger cases  —  During the first House antitrust hearing of the new Congress, Democratic chairman David Cicilline and Republican ranking member Ken Buck …
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
Hyas, which maps the “command and control” structure and communication patterns of bad actors to intercept cyberattacks, raises $16M Series B  —  After launching its Hyas Protect service last year, threat detection company Hyas today announced a $16 million round to accelerate growth.
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Sorare, an ethereum-powered marketplace for creating and trading NFTs related to soccer, raises $50M Series A led by Benchmark  —  Quick Take  — NFT marketplace Sorare has raised $50 million in Series A.  — The round was led by Benchmark, with participation from Accel …

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