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May 31, 2021, 11:30 AM

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Sam Byford / The Verge:
Xiaomi demos fully charging a 4,000mAh battery in eight minutes over a 200W “HyperCharge” system or in 15 minutes with 120W wireless charging  —  New ‘world records’ in wired and wireless charging  —  Xiaomi has shown off its latest fast charging tech demo …
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Intel unveils a refresh of its 11th-Gen Tiger Lake-U chips aimed at laptops and debuts a 5G modem developed with MediaTek that supports 5G on slower, sub-6 GHz  —  Due to the global pandemic, this year's annual Computex event in Taiwan is being held virtually, but all the big-name companies …
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Instagram's algorithm will now rank original and reposted content equally amid employee concerns about suppression of pro-Palestinian voices  —  Social media app will promote viral posts and original content equally  —  Instagram is changing its app to show more viral and current affairs …
Andreas Kolbe / The Daily Dot:
The Wikimedia Foundation is financially healthy and nearing a $100M endowment target five years ahead of schedule, yet fundraising appeals imply it's struggling  —  The site is way richer than it wants you to know.  —  The Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), the non-profit that owns Wikipedia …
Kellie Mejdrich / Politico:
As big financial industry players like Fidelity Investments push SEC to approve Bitcoin-linked ETFs, crypto lobbying efforts meet resistance from US lawmakers  —  A strong push by Wall Street to open up access to Bitcoin investment is meeting resistance from a bipartisan group of lawmakers …
Bloomberg:
Apple releases its supplier responsibility report for 2020, saying there was a reduction in major violations of its code of conduct and no cases of child labor  —  - Annual responsibility report covers labor, energy, Covid-19  — Apple stopped providing specific addresses for facilities
Neil Cybart / Above Avalon:
Through its custom silicon, integrated sensors, design-led focus on user experience, and broad ecosystem, Apple is a decade ahead of rivals in wearables  —  Last week, Apple quietly unveiled one of the more remarkable pieces of technology that has been developed in the past few years.
Matt Stoller / BIG:
Via Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, and its Buy Box algorithm, Amazon forces third party Marketplace sellers to keep prices high for consumers across the web  —  A new antitrust case shows that Prime inflates prices across the board, using the false promise of ‘free shipping’ that is anything but free.
Tage Kene-Okafor / TechCrunch:
Chipper Cash, which provides cross-border payments services in Africa and says it has 4M users, raises $100M Series C led by SVB Capital  —  Fintech in Africa is a goldmine.  Investors are betting big on startups offering a plethora of services from payments and lending to neobanks …
Michael Corkery / New York Times:
Some residents worry the warehouse boom in PA's Lehigh Valley, driven by its proximity to NY and e-commerce, is putting long-term economic well-being at risk  —  Huge facilities have sprouted up in and around the Lehigh Valley, fueled by the astonishing growth of e-commerce.

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