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March 24, 2021, 8:00 AM

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Sam Shead / CNBC:
Elon Musk says people can now buy a Tesla with bitcoin in the US and later this year outside the US  —  - The automaker last month revealed that it had bought $1.5 billion worth of bitcoin.  — People outside the U.S. will be able to buy a Tesla with bitcoin “later this year.”
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.
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:
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
Medium offers buyouts to everyone on its editorial staff, as it shifts focus from its own publications to supporting independent writers on its platform  —  After what workers describe as a successful union-busting campaign, Ev Williams has announced to journalists who work for him that they should feel free to go.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Hundreds of free software advocates sign open letter seeking removal of Richard Stallman and entire FSF board saying he “has no place” in their community  —  Open letter signed by hundreds: RMS “has no place” in free software community.  —  Richard Stallman's return …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
YC's W21 batch featured 43 Indian startups, a new record, and had 350 startups in total, of which 50% were based outside the US, the highest percentage to date  —  Y Combinator's latest batch — W21 — features 350 startups from 41 nations.  Fifty percent of the firms, the highest percentage to date …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Verizon Media Group to rebrand most of its media franchises as Yahoo products and sell subscriptions to those products via Yahoo+, a new subscription platform  —  Verizon Media Group, the media division within Verizon, has 3 million people that pay for subscriptions across its portfolio …
Janice Min / TIME:
Former Pinterest COO Françoise Brougher and two former employees, Ifeoma Ozoma and Aerica Shimizu Banks, reflect on sexism and racism at the company  —  The day Françoise Brougher was fired from Pinterest began like so many of her workdays.  It was April 2, 2020 …
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.
Employ America - Medium:
A brief history of the US semiconductor industry, and how the US can regain its edge in manufacturing to create a more secure and resilient supply chain  —  This post is the second in a series that uses the history and economics of the American semiconductor industry to ask big picture questions …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Public App, a location-based social network in India, raises $41M led by A91 Partners, at a $250M+ valuation  —  Public App, a location-based social network that connects individuals to people in their vicinity, has raised $41 million in a new round, just six months after securing $35 million …
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