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March 13, 2021, 5:25 PM

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple says it is discontinuing the original HomePod to focus on HomePod mini, will provide HomePod owners software updates and support via Apple Care  —  After 4 years on the market, Apple has discontinued its original HomePod.  It says that it will continue to produce and focus on the HomePod mini, introduced last year.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
US DOJ indicts CEO of encrypted phone company Sky for selling devices to drug traffickers, the second such company to face charges after Phantom Secure  —  “The indictment alleges that Sky Global generated hundreds of millions of dollars providing a service that allowed criminal networks around …
Hamish McKenzie / Substack Blog:
Substack co-founder on how Substack Pro works: year one, writers get upfront pay, Substack keeps 85% of revenue; later, writers keep 90% revenue, no minimum pay  —  The thinking behind Substack Pro  —  When we started Substack in mid-2017, the future for writers was frightening.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Microsoft will adjust its release cycle for Edge to match the four-week release cadence of Chrome, starting with Edge 94, which is set for release in September  —  The change will go into effect in September  —  Microsoft is going to adjust its release cycles for Microsoft Edge to match …
James Tarmy / Bloomberg:
MetaKovan, an anonymous digital asset investor and founder of NFT focused crypto-based investment fund Metapurse, is the buyer of the $69M Beeple NFT  —  A digital asset investor who goes by the handle Metakovan and refuses to give his full name, announced that he is the buyer …
BuzzFeed News:
An internal doc at Facebook, co-written by Chris Cox, aims to equip employees with rebuttals to the perception that the company's products fuel polarization  —  In a Thursday presentation, Facebook executives told employees the company isn't to blame for social division in the country.
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
NTSB sent a letter to the NHTSA asking for stricter standards on automated vehicle tech, citing Tesla's Level 2 Autopilot system tests as needing more oversight  —  - The National Transportation Safety Board is calling on its sister agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration …
Patrick Howell O'Neill / MIT Technology Review:
ESET: at least ten, mostly state-backed hacking groups are exploiting Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities on thousands of servers in over 115 countries  —  Days before Microsoft released a fix for a secret attack on its email systems, hackers ramped up their activity.  Now experts say swift action is required.
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