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March 10, 2021, 8:05 AM

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William Turton / Bloomberg:
Hackers say they breached Verkada, accessing feeds and archives of 150K surveillance cameras inside clinics, police precincts, jails, schools, Tesla facilities  —  - Hacker group says it wanted to show prevalence of surveillance  — Video footage was captured from Sequoia-backed startup Verkada
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google adds features to Chrome OS including Phone Hub, which lets Android users control aspects of their phones, like replying to texts, from their Chromebooks  —  Chrome OS is getting a bunch of new features to celebrate 10 years  —  Google is marking 10 years of Chromebooks by unveiling new features for Chrome OS today.
Nikkei Asia:
Sources: Apple is cutting orders for all iPhones by ~20% compared to its plans in December, with iPhone 12 mini production cut by 70% for H1 2021  —  Total iPhone target for 2021 still at 230m units despite global parts shortage  —  TAIPEI — Apple is slashing its planned production …
Scott Stein / CNET:
Facebook details a 10-year vision for its AR glasses, imagining they will work alongside a wristband to measure hand and figure gestures, with haptic feedback  —  Facebook is working on a neural wristband for AR glasses, with haptic gloves in the works  —  Facebook's first pair of smart glasses is arriving this year.
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Apple says it will invest €1B in Germany over the next three years and will make Munich its European Silicon Design Center  —  Apple will make Munich its European Silicon Design Center, the company announced today.  Work already being undertaken by Apple in Bavaria's capital is contributing …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with Kayvon Beykpour, Twitter's head of consumer product, on focusing on growth, deciding what to prioritize, paying for tweets, Clubhouse, and more  —  Twitter recently announced that it's going to be building a lot of new things into its product: there's Twitter Spaces …
Drew FitzGerald / Wall Street Journal:
In a privacy policy update, T-Mobile says it will automatically enroll all subscribers in an ad program informed by their online activity, starting on April 26  —  Wireless carrier tells subscribers it could share their browsing, app data and other online activity with advertisers unless they opt out
James Cridland / Podnews:
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sonos introduces Roam, a $169 portable speaker, now available for preorder; Sonos also sets a goal of $2.25B in annual revenue by FY 2024  —  - CEO sees potential for company in car, headphone markets  — Home audio specialist prices new Roam portable speaker at $169
Ari Levy / CNBC:
The NYSE sets Roblox direct listing reference price at $45 per share ahead of its trading debut on Wednesday  —  - Roblox almost tripled payouts to developers last year, while revenue didn't quite double, as the company aims to get top creators to spend more of their time building for the app.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Samsung announces its Galaxy Unpacked event will be held on March 17, where it's expected to unveil an updated Galaxy A series lineup  —  It's only the third month of the year, but Samsung is gearing up for its second big product launch of 2021.  The company on Tuesday sent invitations …
Eugene Kim / Insider:
Amos Barshad / Rest of World:
A look at Unit 8200, an elite intelligence unit within the Israeli Defense Forces and a pipeline for the country's sprawling network of cybersecurity startups  —  The country's hacking software is recognized the world over.  Not everyone thinks it's a good thing.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Dropbox announces plans to acquire secure document sharing startup DocSend for $165M; DocSend had raised $15.3M and has 17K customers  —  Dropbox announced today that it plans to acquire DocSend for $165 million The company helps customers share and track documents by sending a secure link instead of an attachment.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Dutch and Belgian police say they shut down Sky ECC, a messaging service allegedly popular with criminals, after infiltrating it in Feb, leading to 100+ arrests  —  Law enforcement agencies from the Netherlands and Belgium have shut down today Sky ECC, a company that provided …
Tage Kene-Okafor / TechCrunch:
Flutterwave, provider of payment services for companies operating in Africa, raises $170M Series C led by Tiger Global, valuing the company at $1B+  —  The proliferation of fintech services across Africa remains in full swing as investors remain bullish about the opportunities that abound in the sector.
Jessica Conditt / Engadget:
Twitch API changes suggest it is testing a system that automatically rates streamers on a “Brand Safety Score” to pair them with advertisers  —  Twitch appears to be toying with a program that automatically rates streamers based on a handful of factors — including age …

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