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March 10, 2021, 5:45 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
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.
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.
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
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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:
Katharine Schwab / Fast Company:
Biden appoints Clare Martorana as US CIO; she was formerly OPM's CIO and is a veteran of the USDS and formerly an executive at WebMD and Everyday Health  —  President Joe Biden is appointing Clare Martorana, a veteran of the U.S. Digital Service and a former health tech executive …
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Noah Smith / Noahpinion:
Q&A with Stripe's Patrick Collison on the future of technology, speeding up innovation, how research funding can be reformed, US-China competition, and more  —  In addition to being a friend and a Noahpinion subscriber, Patrick Collison is one of the world's most successful founder-CEOs.
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 …
Chris O'Brien / Sifted:
Leading French startup association files a privacy complaint against Apple alleging that the latest iOS is collecting users' data without their permission  —  The allegations would seem to contradict not just Apple's image as a privacy-friendly company, but also the widespread praise iOS 14 has received
Peter Grant / Wall Street Journal:
Real estate software and data company VTS acquires Rise Buildings, which develops a mobile app for managing properties, sources say for about $100M  —  Real-estate firm VTS is buying startup Rise Buildings in $100 million deal  —  Investors are pouring money into phone apps that enable companies …
Riley Griffin / Bloomberg:
A look at Dr. B, a service that will algorithmically match US providers of COVID-19 vaccines who have extra doses with people who want them, now in 30 states  —  - Founder of ZocDoc creates platform to reallocate extra shots  — Dr. B product has drawn 200 providers, half a million users

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