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June 28, 2021, 1:10 PM

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Shara Tibken / CNET:
Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 888 Plus with 3GHz clock speed and a claimed 20% boost in AI capabilities, arriving in devices during Q3 2021  —  Phones are getting a speed boost.  Qualcomm on Monday unveiled its newest, highest-end smartphone processor, the Snapdragon 888 Plus.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sources: Microsoft is planning to release Windows 11 in October; Microsoft employees have hinted at October 20 in marketing images  —  October 20th may be the Windows 11 day  —  Microsoft keeps hinting at an October release date for Windows 11.  The software giant teased …
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Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Researchers say the study of social media's large-scale societal impact should be treated as a “crisis discipline”, like climate science or conservation biology  —  One challenge is how little we know about the dangers.  —  Social media has drastically restructured …
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:
Interviews with 15 Amazon Flex drivers reveal how algorithms hire, rate, and fire contract drivers with little or no human oversight  —  Stephen Normandin spent almost four years racing around Phoenix delivering packages as a contract driver for Amazon.com Inc. Then one day, he received an automated email.
Reuters:
YouTube took down and then restored a channel featuring testimonials from Xinjiang; the channel owner says the videos are being backed up on the LBRY blockchain  —  A human rights group that attracted millions of views on YouTube to testimonies from people who say their families have disappeared …
Bloomberg:
Chainalysis: despite regulatory uncertainty, investments by Indians in cryptocurrencies grew from ~$200M to $40B in the past year, as 15M bought and sold coins  —  - Daily trading values are up nearly 900% in last 12 months  — Investors pile in, regulators give conflicting signs on future
Monica Chin / The Verge:
Lenovo unveils $679 Yoga Tab 13 Android tablet that works as a portable monitor, with a stainless steel kickstand and 1080p display  —  The Yoga Tab 13 doubles as a wall hanger  —  Lenovo has announced the new $679 Yoga Tab 13, a global version of the Yoga Pad Pro that launched in China earlier this year.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Voyager Innovations, which develops popular Filipino payment and financial app PayMaya, raises $121M in new funding and $46M in previously committed funds  —  Voyager Innovations, the Manila-based owner of PayMaya, one of the Philippines' most popular payment and financial services apps …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tapcart, which lets SMBs launch e-commerce apps powered by Shopify APIs, raises $50M Series B, says it has handled $1.2B+ in merchant sales in the past year  —  Shopify changed the e-commerce landscape by making it easier for merchants to set up their websites both quickly and affordably.

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