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May 31, 2021, 3:30 PM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
On June 8, Amazon devices will join its Sidewalk wireless mesh network in select countries, sharing a slice of bandwidth with neighbors, unless users opt out  —  Amazon's experiment wireless mesh networking turns users into guinea pigs.  —  If you use Alexa, Echo, or any other Amazon device …
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 …
Andreessen Horowitz:
Analysis of 50 public software companies finds that repatriating workloads from public cloud infrastructure could help them reduce their cloud spend by 50%  —  There is no doubt that the cloud is one of the most significant platform shifts in the history of computing.
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 …
Allie Jones / Vox:
Study reveals the strange marketing of “loop” giveaways on Instagram, where lesser influencers get on “must follow” lists and are paid to post about giveaways  —  Influencers and marketing firms keep teaming up to give you cars, cash, and more.  No one ever seems to win.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Arit John / Los Angeles Times:
A look at TikTok's incubator program for Black creatives, which ran from Feb. to May; over 5,000 people applied for the 100 spots, 3,000 just in the first day  —  At first, Kirby Dockery found the thought of joining TikTok overwhelming.  There were so many questions: “How do I record?

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