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May 31, 2021, 10:15 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 …
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 …
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.
Virginia Hughes / New York Times:
Maryland and Montana have passed the nation's first laws limiting forensic genealogy, the DNA matching technique that found the Golden State Killer in 2018  —  Maryland and Montana have passed the nation's first laws limiting forensic genealogy, the method that found the Golden State Killer.
Allie Jones / Vox:
An investigation into “loop giveaways” on Instagram, where lesser influencers are paid by marketing firms to post about giveaways that no one ever seems to win  —  Influencers and marketing firms keep teaming up to give you cars, cash, and more.  No one ever seems to win.
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
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 …
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 …

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