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March 1, 2021, 2:00 PM

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Instagram launches Live Rooms for live broadcasts with up to four creators, up from two, and says it will roll out new audio features in coming months  —  Instagram today announced it's adding a much-requested feature to its app with the launch of “Live Rooms,” which allow up to four people to broadcast live together at the same time.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Kuo: iPhone 13 to have smaller notch, larger batteries; Pro models to use 120Hz displays; iPhone mini to return; he has “no visibility” of power button Touch ID  —  Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out with a new investor note today focused on what to expect …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Kuo: high-end 2022 iPhones and maybe the entire lineup, if production permits, will lose the notch in favor of a hole-punch design; iPhone SE 5G coming in 2022  —  Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities has published a new report for Apple supply chain investors in which the reliable analyst predicts …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
The WikiLeaks-style group DDoSecrets claims that Parler-like site Gab has been breached and is now set to share 70GB of passwords, private posts, and more  —  The transparency group DDoSecrets says it will make the 70GB of passwords, private posts, and more available to researchers, journalists, and social scientists.
Michael Steeber / 9to5Mac:
Every Apple Store in the US is open for the first time since March 2020, with many starting to offer in-store shopping after operating as Express storefronts  —  Every Apple Store in the United States is open for the first time in nearly a year.  It was 353 days ago — March 13, 2020 …
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:
Pres. Biden says there should be “no coercion, no threats, no anti-union propaganda” by Amazon amid its warehouse workers' vote on whether to form a union in AL  —  - ‘The choice to join a union is up to the workers,’ Biden said  — Mail-in voting for 6,000 workers began in mid-February
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Lime says it will it will spend $50M to expand its network, doubling the number of cities in which it operates, and roll out a new e-bike  —  The scooter company is also rolling out a new model of e-bike  —  Lime is getting back to its roots.  The scooter company formerly known as LimeBike …
Natalia Drozdiak / Bloomberg:
Swedish payments startup Klarna raises $1B at a valuation of $31B, triple its valuation in its last funding round in September  —  - Swedish firm raised $1 billion in new funding from investors  — Klarna to donate 1% of new funds to climate change initiatives
Reuters:
Source: Goldman Sachs is restarting its cryptocurrency trading desk amid the crypto boom and will begin dealing bitcoin futures and more starting next week  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc has restarted its cryptocurrency trading desk and will begin dealing bitcoin futures …
New York Times:
China's electronic yuan or eCNY is now being tested in Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Beijing; no major country is as far along with a homegrown digital currency  —  The electronic Chinese yuan is now being tested in cities such as Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing.  No other major power is as far along with a homegrown digital currency.

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