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March 11, 2021, 6:40 PM

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Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
How Facebook leadership sidelined AI experts and weakened initiatives to clean up misinfo, because doing so would undermine Zuckerberg's desire for growth  —  Joaquin Quiñonero Candela, a director of AI at Facebook, was apologizing to his audience.  —  It was March 23, 2018 …
The Markup:
Citizen Browser project's Split Screen tool shows Facebook's different News Feeds for Trump and Biden voters, based on data from 2,500+ users across the US  —  Facebook's recommendation algorithm shows different news, groups, and hashtags to different users.  But who sees what?
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Mike Winkelmann, the digital artist known as Beeple, sold an NFT of his work for $69M, through a first-of-its-kind auction at Christie's  —  Through a first-of-its-kind auction at Christie's  —  Until October, the most Mike Winkelmann — the digital artist known as Beeple — had ever sold a print for was $100.
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Netflix is running a test cracking down on password sharing, prompting some users to get their own account if they don't live with the owner of the account  —  Earlier this week, some Netflix subscribers began to notice that it might be a bit harder to “borrow” someone's password.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple sues its former materials lead Simon Lancaster for allegedly stealing trade secrets and leaking them to the media  —  Apple is taking legal action against its former materials lead, Simon Lancaster, over allegedly leaking trade secrets to the media.  The lawsuit accuses Lancaster of abusing his …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Google says it will soon let users add missing roads and realign, rename, or delete incorrect ones in Maps simply by “drawing” on them  —  Missing road?  You can plot it yourself.  —  SHARE All sharing options  —  If you've ever been frustrated by a road simply not existing on Google Maps …
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
South Korean e-commerce giant Coupang closes its first day of trading at $49.25 a share, down from $63.50, after raising $4.2B in an IPO at a valuation of ~$60B  —  - South Korean e-commerce company Coupang made its market debut Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange through an IPO and is now trading under the ticker symbol “CPNG.”
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Crypto lending and borrowing service BlockFi raises $350M Series D at a valuation of $3B, bringing its total raised to around $450M  —  If there were any doubt about a cryptocurrency boom, we need look no further than at the explosion of growth of certain companies in the space.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Facebook is making in-stream ads available on one-minute videos and is testing ads that look like stickers in Stories  —  Ads integrated into content  —  Facebook introduced Stories to its platform four years ago, mostly as a way to encourage people to post content that wasn't highly produced or necessarily photogenic.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
House and Senate Democrats announce a $94B proposal to make broadband internet access more accessible and affordable  —  Thirty House and Senate Democrats unveiled a new $94 billion proposal Thursday to make broadband Internet access more accessible and affordable nationwide …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Researcher publishes a proof of concept on GitHub that uses vulnerabilities exploited by hackers to breach Microsoft Exchange servers; GitHub deleted the code  —  Microsoft-owned Github quickly deleted the code, which exploited vulnerabilities apparently used by Chinese hackers to break into a series of companies.
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:
Gather, whose video calling software employs spatial audio for virtual HQs or hosting casual, off-site events, raises $26M Series A led by Sequoia Capital  —  Gather helps people, well, gather in virtual spaces for any reason, whether it be for weddings, magic conventions, or, just a regular day at work.
Justin Bariso / Inc.com:
Google's new efforts to help job seekers include three new certificate programs and a Search feature that lets people find jobs for their education level  —  This morning, Google is announcing the next steps in its plan to disrupt the world of education, including the launch of new certificate programs …
Asha Barbaschow / ZDNet:
Australia's government has put out a call for submissions on internet browser defaults, following its media bargaining code, with a focus on Apple and Google  —  The ACCC is concerned with the choice of browser options afforded to Australians.  —  With the News Media Bargaining Code out of the way …
Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
Kuo: all four iPhone 13 models will feature larger batteries with higher capacities, making them heavier than iPhone 12 models  —  Apple appears to be improving the iPhone's battery life with the iPhone 13 lineup, using a number of design changes, bigger batteries, and efficiency improvements.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: China is considering a record fine, exceeding Qualcomm's $975M fine, against Alibaba, which may face softer treatment if it distances from Jack Ma  —  E-commerce company to face softer treatment than its Ant affiliate, provided it distances itself from founder Jack Ma
Matt Day / Bloomberg:
Amazon has opened 11 Amazon Fresh stores around the US, with plans for at least 28 more  —  As many businesses struggled to survive the pandemic, Amazon.com Inc. was quietly building a national grocery chain.  —  The first Amazon Fresh store opened to the public in Los Angeles in September.
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