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April 17, 2021, 4:00 AM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Firefox and major Chromium browsers like Edge, Opera, Brave, and Vivaldi are not joining FLoC, Google's proposed ad technology to replace third-party cookies  —  Brave, Vivaldi, Edge, and Mozilla are all out  —  Google is going it alone with its proposed advertising technology to replace third-party cookies.
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
In a letter to artists, Apple says it pays a penny per stream, roughly double Spotify, which pays an average of about one-third to half a penny per stream  —  Streaming services open up about artist payouts, seeking to win credibility and subscribers  —  Apple Music told artists it pays …
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon is planning a furniture service that would require drivers to assemble items and take them back on the spot if the customer isn't satisfied  —  - Service expansion to appliances could target Home Depot, Lowes  — Online furniture sales grew 41% in pandemic to $36.1 billion
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency that started out as a joke in 2013, now has a market cap of $40B+ after growing nearly 400%+ in the past seven days  —  - Dogecoin is a cryptocurrency based on the “Doge” meme, which rose to popularity in late 2013.  It started out as a joke.
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Sources detail Amazon's tactics during the Alabama union campaign, including “captive audience meetings”, as workers explain why the union was unconvincing  —  - Last week, workers at one of Amazon's Alabama warehouses overwhelmingly voted against joining the Retail …
The Information:
Source: Dapper Labs, maker of NFT-focused NBA Top Shot, is raising a new round at a $7.5B+ valuation, just a few weeks after raising $305M at a $2.6B valuation  —  The rush of enthusiasm for blockchain-based collectives is driving an extraordinary surge of investor interest in Dapper Labs …
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Interview with Initialized Capital's Garry Tan on the firm's seed investment in Coinbase, Ohanian's departure, building a presence on social media, and more  —  Covering venture capital, software and startups  —  In March 2012, Garry Tan received an email from the founder of a new startup called Bitbank, Brian Armstrong.
Nikkei Asia:
Sources: at least four types of equipment vital to chip production are in short supply and lead times for wire bonding machines have grown to 10-12 months  —  Longer delivery times mean slower ramp-up of production capacity  —  TAIPEI/TOKYO — Trying to solve the global chip crunch?
Kristin Robinson / Variety:
As Spotify turns 15, a look at the ways in which it changed how people listen to music, like breaking down boundaries between genres through “mood playlists”  —  Ask any executive what the music business was like in the '00s and their face may take on an expression more commonly associated …
Associated Press:
Microsoft removes Positive Technologies from a list of vendors it gives early access to vulnerability info; IBM also lists Positive as a security partner  —  The Treasury Department on Thursday slapped six Russian technology companies with sanctions for supporting Kremlin intelligence agencies engaged in …
Patrick Howell O'Neill / MIT Technology Review:

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