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May 2, 2021, 4:30 PM

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Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Neuralink's President and co-founder Max Hodak tweets that he has left the brain-computer interface startup  —  - Neuralink co-founder Max Hodak announced Saturday that he is no longer working with the brain tech company he started with Elon Musk.  — Musk - who is also the CEO of auto …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Epic expert's testimony, based on internal Apple docs, estimates that App Store had an operating margin of 77.8% in 2019; Apple says the estimates are wrong  —  - Apple: Calculations are “simply wrong,” will refute in court  — App Store's profits at heart of allegations of Apple monopoly
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Doug Kramer / The Cloudflare Blog:
Cloudflare, which was sued by “patent troll” Sable Networks, is offering a $100K bounty to those who can find evidence of prior art on Sable Networks' patents  —  Here we go again.  —  On March 15, Cloudflare was sued by a patent troll called Sable Networks …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft planned to reduce its cut from 30% to 12% for Xbox games too, a document filed as part of Epic vs Apple lawsuit in January shows  —  Confidential Microsoft documents reveal some big plans  —  Microsoft had been planning to cut its Xbox store cut to just 12 percent …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
At least 15 Basecamp employees announced on Twitter that they are leaving the company, with some specifically citing new policy banning political talk at work  —  Multiple employees say they are leaving specifically because of recent policy changes.  —  On Friday, numerous employees …
Alyse Stanley / Gizmodo:
After an investigation found 800+ Etsy listings for weapons, porn, other items violating its policies, Etsy says it'll invest ~$40M in policy enforcement in '21  —  The online marketplace Etsy has been flooded with activity since the pandemic's onset as millions flocked to online shopping to stave off lockdown blues.
Reuters:
Intel says it will invest $400M in Mobileye R&D campus, $200M into new R&D center in Haifa, and confirms the start of construction of a $10B chip fab in Israel  —  Intel Corp (INTC.O) said on Sunday it will invest another $600 million in Israel to expand its research and development …
Laurens Cerulus / Politico:
Critics say the EU should focus on producing older generations of chips instead of making big plans to invest billions of euros into cutting-edge chip-making  —  Critics say Commissioner Thierry Breton risks wasting public money with grand plan to reshore manufacturing.
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
A look at Zed Run, a digital horse racing platform where users breed, race, and trade NFT horses, with some digital steeds and stables selling for six figures  —  Horse racing meet NFT mania on Zed Run, a digital platform where some top steeds are fetching six-figure sums.

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