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April 15, 2021, 1:45 PM

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NBC News:
US sanctions Russia for 2020 election interference and SolarWinds hack, blacklisting six tech companies that provide support to Russian intelligence services  —  The United States is hitting Russia with fresh sanctions for interference in the 2020 presidential election …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Google updates Earth with historical 3D time lapses that show the devastating effects of climate change, using satellite photos from the last 37 years  —  The new feature will be available Thursday  —  Google Earth is getting a new 3D time-lapse feature that lets you observe how Earth …
David Priest / CNET:
Jeff Bezos says Amazon Prime now has 200M+ subscribers, up 50M from the beginning of 2020, and Amazon's net profit in 2020 was $21.3B  —  A new letter to shareholders from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed that the tech giant's Prime service now has over 200 million subscribers.
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft launches a Kids Mode for Edge, with two age range options of between five to eight years or nine to 12 years  —  A free and simple tool for parents  —  Microsoft is launching a new Kids Mode for its Edge browser today.  It's built directly into Microsoft Edge on Windows and macOS …
Vjeran Pavic / The Verge:
Review of DJI's new $999 Mavic Air 2S: great for beginners with a big one-inch camera sensor but is expensive and there's a significant crop in 4K 60fps  —  The Mavic Air 2S's camera sensor is the same size as what you get in the higher-end Mavic 2 Pro.  It's much larger than the half-inch sensor used in last year's Air 2.
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
International coalition of 35 children's and consumer groups calls on Mark Zuckerberg to scrap plans for an Instagram for children  —  An international coalition of 35 children's and consumer groups called on Instagram on Thursday to scrap its plans to develop a version of the popular photo-sharing app for users under age 13.
Ryan Mac / @rmac18:
[Thread] A Facebook moderator at Accenture who just quit decries inadequate mental health support and says the current system is bad for Facebook itself  —  A Facebook content moderator contracted through Accenture in Austin quit this morning with a blistering internal note. I've typed it out in full so people can read it for themselves. https://twitter.com/...
Aria Alamalhodaei / TechCrunch:
Xwing, which is developing software to enable pilotless flight of small passenger aircraft, raises $40M at a $400M post-money valuation  —  Xwing has scored another win two months after it completed its first gate-to-gate autonomous demonstration flight of a commercial cargo aircraft.
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Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Tech industry group funded by Amazon, Facebook, Google, and others says it supports a corporate tax hike like the one Biden proposed in his $2T plan  —  - Chamber of Progress, a new tech industry group funded by giants like Amazon, Facebook and Google is announcing its support …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Chili Piper, which makes appointment scheduling software for sales teams, raises $33M Series B led by Tiger Global, bringing its total raised to $54M  —  Chili Piper, which has a sophisticated SaaS appointment scheduling platform for sales teams, has raised a $33 million B round led by Tiger Global.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces $200M investment fund for forest restoration projects that will develop financially viable initiatives to restore woodland areas  —  As part of Apple's continued environmental commitments, the company today announced a new $200 million ‘Restore Fund’ that will develop …
Marcella McCarthy / TechCrunch:
C2i Genomics, which claims its software can accurately detect residual cancers by analysing genome sequences, raises $100M Series B led by Casdin Capital  —  If you or a loved one has ever undergone a tumor removal as part of cancer treatment, you're likely familiar with the period of uncertainty and fear that follows.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
UserZoom, which lets companies like Google and Microsoft evaluate and improve their UX and design elements, raises $100M led by Owl Rock  —  Graphic designer Paul Rand once famously said that the public was more familiar with bad design than good design.  While he was referring to most of the design …

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