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March 10, 2021, 11:25 AM

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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 …
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
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 …
Reuters:
Russia says it is slowing down Twitter for not removing 3,000+ posts containing “illegal content”, threatens a total block if Twitter ignores deletion demands  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday it was slowing down the speed of Twitter in retaliation for its alleged failure …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches Instagram Lite, an Android app that takes up just 2MB of storage space, in 170 countries, and says Facebook Lite has 200M+ MAUs  —  Growth for Facebook is coming from the developing world, and so the social network today made another key move to cater better to consumers in those countries.
Ari Levy / CNBC:
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New York Times:
To ease its dependence on US, China's new five-year plan calls tech development a matter of national security and pledges to raise R&D spending by 7% annually  —  Beijing's leaders plot a path to go it alone, vowing to spend big to fill gaps in innovation and avoid dependence on the United States and others.
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.
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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.
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
Via, a software and operations platform for cities, buys Remix, which makes mapping software for city transport planning, for $100M in cash and equity  —  Remix, the startup that developed mapping software used by cities for transportation planning and street design, was born out of a hackathon during a Code for America fellowship.
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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.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
London-based Wefarm, which offers a social network for farmers that is popular in East Africa, extends its Series A by $11M to $24M and says it has 2.5M users  —  The vast majority of startups remain focused on consumers, knowledge workers and the opportunities to provide services …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
New Jersey-based Pathlock, which offers app security tools for businesses, raises $20M  —  Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data.  Learn more.  —  Unified access orchestration platform provider Pathlock, formerly Greenlight Technologies …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Grab is exploring going public in the US through an SPAC merger  —  - Grab has been exploring a traditional IPO in the U.S.  — Merging with a SPAC could accelerate Grab's listing plans  —  Grab Holdings Inc. is exploring going public in the U.S. through a merger …
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 …

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