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April 15, 2021, 12:15 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 …
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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 …
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/...
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.
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
Dell to spin off its stake in VMware and use the proceeds of $9.3B-$9.7B to pay down Dell's debt, expecting to close the deal in Q4; Dell stock up 8%+  —  Dell sees the spin-off as a way to give each company more strategic flexibility and improve capital structure efficiencies …
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 …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Some Clubhouse power users discuss the app's problems with scammers, moderation issues, stolen jokes, copied room concepts, celebrity imposters, and more  —  Fake laughs, imposters, and scams — behind the invite-only audio app's most obsessive users  —  For the first time since the pandemic started …
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Coinbase shares close at $328.28, valuing the company at $85.78B, down from its open of $381; Nasdaq listed shares at $250 before Wednesday's open  —  - Coinbase's market cap exceeded $100 billion after its debut Wednesday morning on the Nasdaq, though the stock fell later in the day.
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 …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
TetraScience, which helps life sciences companies analyze data, raises $80M Series B bringing its total raised to $88M+  —  Join Transform 2021 this July 12-16.  Register fo r the AI event of the year.  —  TetraScience, an R&D cloud data management company focused on life sciences and drug discovery …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Twitter says it will study any “unintentional harms” caused by its algorithms and will make the findings public as part of its Responsible ML Initiative  —  new plan to study the fairness of its algorithms.  As part of the effort, which the company has dubbed the …

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