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May 4, 2021, 6:40 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Twitter buys Scroll, the $5/month service that removes ads from partner news sites; Scroll's Nuzzel email service will shut down on May 6  —  The Nuzzel email service is winding down and the future of Scroll is uncertain  —  Twitter's acquisition spree continues today with Scroll …
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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
On Day Two of the Apple vs Epic trial, Sweeney said he would have taken an exclusive App Store deal, Apple recounted Epic's praise of Apple's Metal API, more  —  The Apple vs. Epic trial continued today, with Epic CEO Tim Sweeney testifying and facing cross-examination from Apple's layers.
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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
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Makena Kelly / The Verge:
After teasing a new social media platform, Trump debuts a new section on his website that's effectively a blog, ahead of the Oversight Board's decision on Wed.  —  A true poster never logs off for long  —  After months of promising his own social media network for banned posters …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google reveals the Pixel Buds A-Series in a now-deleted tweet, which mentions a new Fast Pair feature  —  At the end of March, we exclusively reported about Google's next wireless earbuds, and the first image leaked a week later.  Google today announced the “Pixel Buds A-Series” on Twitter, though the reveal was entirely an accident.
Reuters:
Sources: TSMC is planning to build up to five more chipmaking facilities in Arizona, beyond the one currently planned  —  TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) is planning to build several more chipmaking factories in the U.S. state of Arizona beyond the one currently planned …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Basecamp employees detail an all-hands that led to resignations, including the head of strategy, who questioned the existence of white supremacy at the company  —  I.  —  At 8AM PT on Friday, a bleary-eyed Basecamp CEO Jason Fried gathered his remote workforce together on Zoom to apologize.
Sarah McBride / Bloomberg:
Justin Zhu, former Iterable CEO ousted for taking LSD before a meeting, on his disputes with key investors and the challenges of being Chinese in Silicon Valley  —  Justin Zhu, chief executive officer of digital marketing startup Iterable Inc., was walking down Broadway in San Francisco …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
A look at Atlanta's emergence as a tech startup hub, bolstered by the diverse entrepreneurial talent coming from regional colleges like Georgia Tech  —  Over the past five years, the Southeastern region, led by Atlanta, has gone from being “one of the best kept secrets” in tech …
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
A huge DDoS attack is ongoing against Belgium government networks, affecting 200+ government orgs, a COVID-19 reservation app, tax filing services, and more  —  Most of the Belgium government's IT network has been down today after a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) …
Rupert Neate / The Guardian:
Filing: Amazon had sales of €44B in Europe in 2020, but reported a €1.2B loss and therefore paid no corporate tax  —  Despite lockdown surge the firm's Luxembourg unit made a €1.2bn loss and therefore paid zero corporation tax  —  Fresh questions have been raised …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Acronis, which provides data backup and protection services, raises $250M at a $2.5B+ valuation led by CVC  —  As cybersecurity continues to grow in profile amid an increasingly complex and dangerous landscape of malicious activity, a cyber security vendor that specializes in “all-in-one” …
Jane Lee / Reuters:
Kajabi, which helps people monetize expertise through websites, online classes, newsletters, and podcasts, raises $550M led by Tiger Global at a $2B+ valuation  —  Kajabi, an e-commerce platform that serves knowledge-based businesses, said on Tuesday it raised $550 million in its latest round …
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Persona, which helps businesses customize their identity verification process, raises $50M Series B led by Index Ventures  —  The identity verification space has been heating up for a while and the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated demand with more people transacting online.

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