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April 5, 2021, 9:40 AM

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Kim Jaewon / Nikkei Asia:
LG Electronics says it is terminating its smartphone business, which has lost money for years  —  South Korea group faced lack of in-house chip supply and rise of Chinese rivals  —  SEOUL — LG Electronics said Monday that its board decided to terminate the company's loss-making smartphone business …
Sami Fathi / MacRumors:
On a podcast, Tim Cook says he's “not focused on Facebook”, Apple is confident in its case against Epic Games, AR is critically important for Apple, and more  —  In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times' Kara Swisher, on her podcast “Sway,” Apple CEO Tim Cook talks …
Karen Weise / New York Times:
The National Labor Relations Board finds Amazon illegally retaliated against two prominent internal critics when it fired them last year  —  The two employees had publicly pushed the company to reduce its impact on climate change and address concerns about its warehouse workers.
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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Andrew Tarantola / Engadget:
An adapted excerpt from the book “Your Computer Is on Fire”, on how voice assistants like Siri and Alexa alienate non-native and non-standard English speakers  —  The age of being able to speak to our computers just as we do with other humans is finally upon us but voice-activated assistants …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Indian social commerce startup Meesho raises $300M Series E led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, with participation from Facebook and others, at a $2.1B valuation  —  Meesho said on Monday it has raised $300 million in a new financing round led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 as the Indian social commerce startup works …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Profile of Tipatat Chennavasin, GP of Venture Reality Fund, which has backed Rec Room and Facebook-acquired Beat Games, on changes in the VR industry  —  Tipatat Chennavasin was not surprised when VR metaverse startup Rec Room raised $100 million at a reported $1.25 billion valuation last week.

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