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March 22, 2021, 9:55 AM

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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Trump adviser Jason Miller says Trump is having meetings with “numerous companies” to return to social media with his own platform in two to three months  —  Jason Miller tells Fox News' ‘#MediaBuzz’ the platform will ‘completely redefine the game’
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Teardown: Apple's HomePod mini has a sensor that measures temperature and humidity, which is currently disabled  —  Apple Inc.'s HomePod mini speaker launched last November with new features such as a home intercom system.  But one part of the device has remained secret: a sensor that measures temperature and humidity.
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:
Spark Capital decides to “sever all ties” with Dispo after claims of sexual assault against a former Vlog Squad member; David Dobrik departs from Dispo  —  Dobrik departs from Dispo board and leaves company  —  Venture capital firm Spark Capital has decided to ‘sever all ties’ with Dispo …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Long time Google VP Caesar Sengupta, who was in charge of Next Billion Users, Google Pay, and oversaw Chrome OS, is leaving the company after 15 years  —  One big focus for Google today is making products for what it dubs the Next Billion Users in countries just coming online.
Andy Day / Fstoppers:
Instead of convincing people to buy things that they don't need, NFTs are convincing them to buy imaginary optimism based on a mass enchantment and FOMO  —  Photographers, filmmakers, and digital artists are falling over themselves to mint NFTs in a get-rich-quick scheme …
Axios:
Rep. Cicilline says he's crafting around 10 smaller antitrust bills, to be ready in May, instead of a one huge bill that would be easier for Big Tech to defeat  —  The powerful Democrat overseeing antitrust legislation wants to hit Big Tech with the legislative equivalent of a swarm …
Bloomberg:
Texas jury finds Apple infringed a DRM patent held by Personalized Media, and orders Apple to pay $308.5M to the company  —  Apple must pay $308.5 million to closely held Personalized Media Communications after a federal jury in Marshall, Texas, decided on Friday that the tech giant infringed …
Reuters:
ByteDance says its Nuverse video game unit has acquired Shanghai-based gaming studio Moonton Technology, sources say for around $4B  —  (Reuters) - ByteDance said on Monday its video games unit Nuverse has agreed to acquire Shanghai-based gaming studio Moonton Technology, as it seeks to further expand into the video games business.
Benedict Evans:
Software has eaten the world, fading into the background like electricity or cars before, and is now secondary to conventional industry differentiation concerns  —  Ten years ago Marc Andreessen wrote an article in the WSJ called ‘Software is eating the world’, arguing that there was a fundamental shift …

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