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April 15, 2021, 10:50 AM

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Annie Palmer / CNBC:
In his final letter to shareholders, Bezos says Amazon needs a better vision for its “employees' success” and he will focus on making its warehouses safer  —  KEY POINTS  — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday issued his final letter to shareholders before turning the helm over to AWS CEO Andy Jassy.
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 Earth gets a big update 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 …
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/...
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Terry Nguyen / Vox:
Some Instagram accounts, such as NextShark, increasingly document incidents of anti-Asian violence that some say spurs a relentless cycle of aggregated trauma  —  Asian news sites like NextShark brought attention to anti-Asian racism — at the cost of circulating graphic imagery.  —  SHARE All sharing options
Crystal Tse / Bloomberg:
TuSimple, which is developing autonomous trucks, raises $1.35B in its IPO, giving it a market capitalization of ~$8.5B  —  TuSimple Holdings Inc., which is developing autonomous trucks now on the road in Texas and Arizona, priced its initial public offering above a marketed range to raise $1.35 billion.
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Amy Feldman / Forbes:
Benchling, which provides cloud-based software to manage biotech R&D, raises $200M led by Sequoia Capital Global Equities at $4B valuation, 5x its value in May  —  Sajith Wickramasekara was just 24 when he made the cut for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for his biotech R&D startup, Benchling.

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