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March 23, 2021, 8:30 PM

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Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Leaked moderator docs say Facebook users may call for death of public figures, so long as the individual is not tagged or “purposefully exposed” to such calls  —  Exclusive: public figures considered to be permissible targets for otherwise-banned abuse, leaked moderator guidelines show
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
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
CEO Pat Gelsinger says Intel will spend $20B on two new fabs in Ocotillo, Arizona and will reconfigure its external Foundry Services to serve new chip customers  —  The new CEO of Intel, Pat Gelsinger, has today outlined his vision for Intel over the coming years.
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
Avaaz:
Study of US election misinfo shows Facebook could have prevented 10.1B views from Pages that spread misinfo; these Pages saw interactions rise 3x YoY  —  How Facebook Failed Voters and Nearly Set Democracy Aflame  — Section One - From Election to Insurrection: How Facebook Failed American Voters
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.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Amazon announces to employees that the next AWS head will be Adam Selipsky, the CEO of Salesforce-owned Tableau and formerly VP of AWS Sales, Marketing, Support  —  Amazon has chosen to Adam Selipsky, currently CEO of Salesforce-owned Tableau, to run its Amazon Web Services division.
Bloomberg:
Robinhood says it has filed confidentially for an IPO with the SEC  —  Robinhood Markets Inc., the popular trading app, has filed confidentially for an initial public offering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, according to people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg News reports.
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 …
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Source: Qualcomm plans a console for Q1 2022 similar to Nintendo's Switch, with detachable controllers, SD card slot, Android 12, and display-out capabilities  —  Qualcomm plans its first foray into the consumer electronics market in years — with a device that bears a strong resemblance …
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 …
Jim Salter / Ars Technica:
Firefox 87 launches with Smart Block feature, which improves the rendering of pages when blocking third-party tracking scripts by using local “stand-in” scripts  —  An improved referrer policy also trims URLs from embedded images and scripts.  —  Mozilla released Firefox 87 …
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:
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Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Amazon is forcing delivery drivers to sign a “biometric consent” form that lets Amazon use AI-powered cameras in its efforts to detect distracted driving  —  The new cameras, which are being implemented nationwide, use artificial intelligence to access drivers' location, movement, and biometric data.
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
Thomas Newdick / The Drive:
AI-controlled F-16 fighter jets are now taking part in simulated dogfight tests as a team against an opponent in DARPA's Air Combat Evolution program  —  The goal of bringing artificial intelligence into the air-to-air dogfighting arena has moved a step closer with a series of simulated tests …
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  —  There has been a bit of controversy around Substack over the last week; I'm not going to get into the specifics of various accusations …
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Former Parler CEO John Matze sues the company, alleging its conservative financier Rebekah Mercer plotted to “force Matze out” as CEO and “steal” his 40% stake  —  In a lawsuit filed in Nevada this week, Matze charged conservative financier Rebekah Mercer of plotting to …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Verizon Media Group plans to rebrand most of its media franchises, including TechCrunch, as Yahoo products and group them on Yahoo+, a new subscription platform  —  Verizon Media Group, the media division within Verizon, has 3 million people that pay for subscriptions across its portfolio …

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