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April 4, 2021, 8:50 PM

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Aaron Holmes / Insider:
Personally identifiable data of 533M Facebook users has been posted online; Facebook says the data comes from a leak that was reported on and fixed in 2019  —  - The personal data of over 500 million Facebook users has been posted online in a low-level hacking forum.
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John Cook / GeekWire:
Amazon apologizes for tweeting “you don't really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you?” and says the tweet didn't contemplate its large driver population  —  Amazon issued a rare apology Friday night, stepping back from comments made on Twitter last week in a response …
Megan Rose Dickey / Protocol:
A deep look at the experiences of Asian Americans in tech, including going unheard, getting passed over for promotions, and stereotyped as passive and diligent  —  Going unheard.  Getting passed over for promotions.  Stereotyped as “passive” and “diligent.”
Danielle Abril / Fortune:
ACLU discloses that it shares personally identifiable info of its website users and donors with platforms like Facebook, Google, and others, for ad targeting  —  The American Civil Liberties Union revealed that it shares data with a company it regularly criticizes for privacy blunders: Facebook.
Wall Street Journal:
How Big Tech firms rely on the interplay of collaboration and competition between each other in order to protect their market position  —  How the tech giants are both cooperating while competing in hardware, software and technology services  —  Once upon a time, Amazon. com Inc. only sold books …
The Guardian:
Investigation into Palantir's activities in Europe amid COVID raises concerns over Palantir's work with public agencies and whether it can operate under EU laws  —  Daniel Howden, Apostolis Fotiadis, Ludek Stavinoha, Ben Holst  —  The 24 March, 2020 will be remembered by some for the news …
Sarthak Haribhakti / SarHaribhakti's Newsletter:
Interview with Semil Shah, founding GP of Haystack, on getting rejected from jobs at VC firms, innovation in the VC industry, Miami as a “tech hub”, and more  —  Some real talk  —  Semil Shah has been a prolific writer for a decade.  He has done a lot of interviews over the years.
Anil Dash / The Atlantic:
The invention of NFTs was meant to give artists more control over their work, but that dream didn't come true and only led to commercially exploitable hype  —  The only thing we'd wanted to do was ensure that artists could make some money and have control over their work.
Dan Rose / @danrose999:
[Thread] Coatue Management Chairman on building company cultures at Amazon and Facebook, based on his combined 20 years of experience working for both  —  What defines a great company culture? I worked for two iconic companies and founders with nearly polar opposite cultures. Amazon was heads-down, secretive, forthright. Facebook was open, transparent, collaborative. Here's what I learned about culture working for Bezos and Zuck:
Tatiana Cirisano / Billboard:
Profile of Bandcamp, profitable since 2012 without ads or major investors, which has paid out $196.3M to artists since March 2020, often foregoing its fees  —  Without advertisers or major investors, Bandcamp turned a profit helping musicians at all levels make a living.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Cresta, which offers a service that uses AI to mentor customer service agents in real time, raises $50M Series B led by Sequoia Capital  —  Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data.  Learn more.  —  Cresta, an AI-powered platform that gives real-time support …
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