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May 11, 2021, 12:00 PM

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Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Intel unveils 11th-gen Core Tiger Lake-H 10nm mobile processors for high-performance desktop and gaming, with five consumer chips and five commercial ones  —  Ever since the launch of the first series of Intel Core 11th Generation Tiger Lake processors aimed at the ‘U-series’ 15 W market …
Monica Chin / The Verge:
MSI unveils new laptops for creators and gamers, like the $2,599 Creator Z16, aimed at MacBook Pro users, with a 120Hz 16:10 QHD+ display and GeForce RTX 3060  —  New models for creators and gamers at all price points  —  MSI has announced a number of gaming and creator laptops that include Intel's brand-new Tiger Lake H processors.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Nvidia unveils the RTX 3050 and 3050 Ti laptop GPUs that bring ray tracing and AI features to affordable laptops for 1080p gaming, starting at ~$799  —  spoiled the surprise last month, it was only a matter of time until NVIDIA confirmed the existence of its new mainstream laptop GPUs.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Google Pay users in the US can now send money to GPay users in India and Singapore; Google has partnered with Western Union and Wise to enable this feature  —  Google Pay users in the U.S. can now send money to GPay users in India and Singapore, Google said on Tuesday, making its first push into the remittances market.
The Verge:
A county-by-county map of the broadband gap in the US shows how lack of fiber stifles economic activity in poor counties which in turn results in disinvestment  —  A county-by-county look at the broadband gap  —  If broadband access was a problem before 2020, the pandemic turned it into a crisis.
Eric Benjamin Seufert / Mobile Dev Memo:
Apple's ATT privacy policy is a commercial land grab dressed up as a moral crusade and it will ultimately subvert the open web and the freemium business model  —  Last week, Apple introduced a new ad unit to the App Store: a paid placement on its Search page.  —  Rumors of this new unit had circulated previously
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Palantir reports Q1 revenue of $341M, up 49% YoY, with $208M from government and $133M from commercial sources; Palantir has 149 customers, up from 125 in 2020  —  - Palantir, the maker of software and analytics tools for the defense industry and large corporations, reported 49% revenue growth …
Eamon Javers / CNBC:
DarkSide, the group behind the pipeline attack, claims it wants to make money, not cause “problems for society”, and it'll add “moderation” to picking targets  —  - A hacker group called DarkSide is behind the cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline that shut down a major oil pipeline over the weekend.
Wall Street Journal:
Karin Matussek / Bloomberg:
Facebook ordered to stop collecting German users' WhatsApp data by regulator, starting with a three-month emergency ban on the data collection  —  - Hamburg regulator issues a three-month emergency order  — Watchdog calls new terms intransparent and overly broad
Ian Hamilton / UploadVR:
Sources: Sony's next-gen VR headset for PlayStation 5 will have improved resolution of 2000×2040 per eye, inside-out tracking, foveated rendering, and more  —  Sony's next-generation VR headset for PlayStation 5 has significantly higher resolution, inside-out tracking, a vibration motor …
Reuters:
Sources: Foxconn's iPhone output in India has dropped by more than 50% because of COVID-19 infections among workers  —  Production of the Apple iPhone 12 (AAPL.O) at a Foxconn (2317.TW) factory in India has slumped by more than 50% because workers infected with COVID-19 have had to leave their posts, two sources told Reuters.
Chris Metinko / Crunchbase News:
San Francisco-based Legion, which makes workforce management software, raises $50M Series C led by Stripes, bringing its total raised to $85.5M  —  San Francisco-based Legion closed a $50 million Series C to try to help companies find the right balance between workforce and market demand as the world emerges from a pandemic.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Lili, a neobank aimed at freelancers to use a single account for both work and personal use, raises $55M Series B led by Group 11  —  A startup that has built a neobank specifically to address the needs of freelancers and sole traders has picked up a growth round to continue expanding …
Nikkei Asia:
Analysis of 57K large companies globally: the average tax burden ratio of Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon is just around 60% of their peers  —  Inequality and COVID spending spur rethink of how to grab bigger slice of corporate profit  —  TOMOSHIZU KAWASE, Nikkei corporate tax editor …
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Ben Bergman / dot.LA:
Docs show that Bird is preparing to go public via a SPAC merger at $2.3B valuation; Bird expects to trim adjusted EBITDA loss to $96M in 2021 vs. $183M in 2020  —  Bird Rides, the Santa-Monica e-scooter company that was once a startup darling but saw ridership plunge during the pandemic …
Vlad Savov / Bloomberg:
Facebook is starting to test Live Audio Rooms with a handful of public figures and creators in Taiwan and is planning to bring Audio Rooms to Facebook Groups  —  - Social-media leader is also building podcasts into its app  — Live Audio Rooms starts with select public figures, creators
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Officials say the DHS has started building a warning system to gather and analyze intelligence about domestic terrorism threats from public social media posts  —  WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security has begun implementing a strategy to gather and analyze intelligence …
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
Roblox reports Q1 revenue grew 140% YoY to $387M, DAUs rose 79% YoY to 42.1M, and users spent 9.7B hours on the platform, up 98% YoY  —  - In Q1, Roblox reported a loss per share of 46 cents, the company reported on Wednesday.  — It also brought in $387 million of revenue.

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