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March 23, 2021, 4:10 PM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Microsoft is in talks to buy Discord for more than $10B; one source says Discord is more likely to go public than sell itself  —  Microsoft Corp. is in talks to acquire Discord Inc., a video-game chat community, for more than $10 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Nintendo will use new Nvidia graphics chip in its 2021 Switch upgrade, helping the console deliver 4K on TVs via Nvidia's DLSS  —  - The Nvidia system-on-chip will also add memory and CPU upgrade  — Nintendo's console refresh targeting year-end shopping season
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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
OnePlus unveils the $159 OnePlus Watch, available April 14, which has a circular 1.39" display, blood oxygen tracking, fast charging, and does not run Wear OS  —  But it doesn't run Wear OS  —  It's taken years, but OnePlus is finally getting in the smartwatch game with the newly announced OnePlus Watch, starting at $159.
Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook announces F8 Refresh on June 2, a single-day, virtual-only conference for developers without a Mark Zuckerberg keynote  —  After a few twists and turns and then ultimately cancelling its F8 developer conference last year over Covid-19 concerns, Facebook today announced a return …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook docs show how it moderates users in repressive regimes, including a list of “recognized crimes” and allowing praise for mass killers in some contexts  —  Exclusive: users are allowed to praise mass killers and ‘violent non-state actors’ in certain situations
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
The controversies around Substack miss the point that it is just a tool for sovereign writers, who are in control as they are paid directly by subscribers  —  Manage your Stratechery subscription.  —  There has been a bit of controversy around Substack over the last week …
Chip Cutter / Wall Street Journal:
Coaching and mental health startup BetterUp says Prince Harry has joined as chief impact officer  —  The Duke of Sussex is going to work for the unicorn employee coaching and mental health startup in his latest foray into business  —  No longer a working member of the royal family …
Bloomberg:
New York regulator finds Goldman Sachs didn't discriminate against prospective Apple Card customers, following a viral tweet claiming it did in 2019  —  - Department ‘found no fair lending violations’: superintendent  — Customers had complained women were given lower credit limits
João Carrasqueira / Neowin:
Microsoft, Google, and others partner to improve browser compatibility, focusing on five areas, including CSS Flexbox, CSS Grid, and CSS sticky positioning  —  Google and Microsoft have announced that they're joining forces with other companies such as Igalia, as well as the “broader web community” …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Orca Security, which provides tools for protecting cloud-based assets, raises $210M Series C led by CapitalG and Redpoint Ventures at a $1.2B valuation  —  Orca Security, an Israeli cybersecurity startup that offers an agent-less security platform for protecting cloud-based assets …
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis of 3,100 sites shows that hospitals are using code to hide pages containing pricing data from being crawled by search engines, violating US federal law  —  Webpages for hundreds of hospitals require users to click through to find prices, undermining federal transparency rule, Journal analysis shows
Katie Roof / Bloomberg:
Lattice, which helps companies track, reward, and set goals in the workplace, raises $60M led by Tiger Global at a $1B valuation, up from $450M last year  —  - Human resources tech startup raises $60 million in new funds  — CEO says it helps fix the dreaded employee performance review
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Niantic announces a new partnership with Nintendo to develop mobile games built on Niantic's AR tech, starting with a game based on Nintendo's Pikmin franchise  —  Niantic and Nintendo announced a new partnership  —  Niantic, developer of the smash hit Pokémon Go, has announced a new partnership with Nintendo.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft rebrands Xbox Live as Xbox network and says the change is to distinguish the online service from Xbox Live Gold membership  —  Xbox network is the future  —  Microsoft is rebranding Xbox Live to Xbox network.  Instances of the new branding started appearing in the Xbox dashboard recently …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
AR pioneer Blippar is back with $5M in pre-Series A funding and a B2B model focused on its Blippbuilder service; it has trimmed its headcount from 340 to 30  —  Augmented Reality pioneer Blippar - which has had a tortuous history after early investors pulled out and the company had to scramble …
Bloomberg:
In 2020, 60% to 70% of 9-year-old YouTuber Ryan Kaji's $30M annual revenue came from merchandise licensing deals, passing YouTube ad revenue for the first time  —  Ryan Kaji is one of the most popular YouTube creators in the world, with a main channel that's drawn 29 million subscribers interested …

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