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March 18, 2021, 12:25 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: faster iPad Pros may come as early as April with better cameras; Apple aims to use MiniLED on at least the 12.9" model and has tested using Thunderbolt  —  - Company plans updated iPad Pro line with faster processor  — Apple's iPad sales have jumped in work-from-home environment
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Kuo: MiniLED displays will be used in the MacBook Air by 2022 and the 2022 iPad Air will feature an OLED display  —  Rumors have been suggesting that Apple will soon release a new iPad Pro with a Mini-LED display, but the company also plans to bring this technology to other devices in the future.
Eddie Makuch / GameSpot:
Sony unveils PS5 VR controllers with haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and finger touch detection  —  Sony has begun to share more details on its vision for next-gen virtual reality, today announcing and showing off the new controllers that will come with PSVR 2.0 for PS5.
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
Facebook, which supported security keys on desktop since 2017, expands support to iOS and Android users  —  Facebook has supported security keys on desktop since 2017 and will now enable iOS and Android users to log in to their account via the physical key.
Sundar Pichai / The Keyword:
Google says it will invest $7B+ in offices and data centers across the US and create at least 10K new full-time Google jobs in the US this year  —  One of the best parts of my job is getting the opportunity to visit the communities that Google is a part of across the U.S. Whether it's meeting …
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:
Reed Albergotti / Washington Post:
Developer of Watch app FlickType, who previously called out Apple for allowing scam and copycat apps, sues Apple claiming fraud and unfair competition  —  The developer behind FlickType, an Apple Watch keyboard, alleges the company used its power over the App Store to stymie its progress
Annalee Newitz / The Hypothesis:
Substack's decision to pay certain writers to write on the platform is an editorial one as leaders decide what kind of writing they want to support  —  They paid a secret group of writers to make newsletter authorship seem lucrative  —  I think of myself as having decent critical faculties …
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Austen Goslin / Polygon:
Nvidia is doubling the price of GeForce Now cloud gaming memberships to $10 a month for new users; its almost 10M “Founder” members will keep the same price  —  Nvidia will keep the price the same for Founders subscribers  —  Nvidia is effectively doubling the price of GeForce Now, its cloud streaming service.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
YouTube is rolling out its TikTok rival YouTube Shorts in the US, but the beta is missing features and feels half-baked  —  Rolling out to everyone in the US ‘over the next several weeks’  —  YouTube Shorts, the company's short-form answer to TikTok, is launching in beta in the United States starting today.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
AT&T says it will no longer exempt HBO Max from mobile data caps starting March 25, after a US court upheld CA's net neutrality law; change will apply beyond CA  —  - AT&T will no longer exempt viewing of its HBO Max streaming service from data caps after a federal court upheld California's …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Google's Area 120 in-house incubator launches ThreadIt, a short video app for team collaborations, in beta, as a website and a Chrome plug-in  —  The team at Google's Area 120 in-house incubator says the idea for ThreadIt came well before COVID-19 made remote work a necessity for large swaths of the globe.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Fireblocks, which lets users store, transfer, and issue digital assets, raises $133M Series C, bringing its total raised to $179M  —  Fireblocks has raised a $133 million Series C funding round led by Coatue, Ribbit, and Stripes.  The company provides several products that let you store, transfer and issue digital assets.

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