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July 15, 2021, 3:20 PM

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Kellen Browning / New York Times:
Some tech workers who quit the Bay Area during the pandemic are trickling back, as Twitter reopens its SF HQ and, along with Google, plans to expand in the area  —  Critics said the pandemic would make the industry flee San Francisco and its southern neighbor, Silicon Valley.
David Priest / CNET:
Facebook Messenger adds Soundmojis, which add audible expressions to emoji, accessible through a loudspeaker icon  —  Messenger chats are about to get louder. … Facebook on Thursday launched “Soundmojis” for its Messenger app.  The new feature adds the audible expressions to emoji …
Bloomberg:
Netflix hires ex-Facebook and EA exec Mike Verdu as VP of game development; source: Netflix plans to offer games as a new programming genre within the next year  —  Netflix Inc., marking its first big move beyond TV shows and films, is planning an expansion into video games and has hired …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Valve announces Steam Deck, its long-rumored Switch-like handheld gaming device with a 7" touchscreen display, available in December from $399  —  It starts at $399  —  Valve just announced the Steam Deck, its long-rumored Switch-like handheld gaming device.  It will begin shipping in December.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Microsoft and Citizen Lab say government hackers from several countries have used spyware from Israeli vendor Candiru that uses two 0-day exploits in Windows  —  Microsoft and Citizen Lab found a new kind of spyware made by the mysterious Israeli vendor Candiru, and targeting someone in Europe based on their political beliefs.
Antonio Regalado / MIT Technology Review:
Facebook discontinues a project to build an interface that uses brain signals to type, will instead focus on a wrist controller for VR that reads muscle signals  —  The spring of 2017 may be remembered as the coming-out party for Big Tech's campaign to get inside your head.
Wall Street Journal:
TSMC says it expects shortage of chips used in cars to start easing in the next few months but broader semiconductor shortage could persist until 2022  —  A dearth of semiconductors has stymied manufacturing activity in the auto industry  —  Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. …
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Facebook says it stopped a campaign by Iranian hackers, targeting about 200 defense and aerospace personnel, primarily from the US, using fake online personas  —  Social media group says fake online personas were created to trick victims into clicking malicious links
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Revolut raises $800M Series E from SoftBank's Vision Fund 2 and Tiger Global at a valuation of $33B; Revolut was last valued at $5.5B in 2020  —  The fintech funding continues to roll in at a rapid pace, a result of the huge shift underway in how consumers spend and manage their money.
Reuters:
US Consumer Product Safety Commission has sued Amazon to force it to recall hazardous products sold on its site, including 24K faulty carbon monoxide detectors  —  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said on Wednesday it has sued Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) to force the retailer …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google rolls out a shortcut to delete last 15 minutes of Search history on its iOS app, coming later to its Android app  —  In addition to auto-delete controls for Search history, Google at I/O 2021 announced a way to quickly delete your last 15 minutes of queries on the Android and iOS apps.
Cambridge Judge Business School:
China's share of Bitcoin hashrate fell from 75.5% in September 2019 to 46% in April 2021, even before a crackdown; United States' share rose from 4.1% to 16.8%  —  Research team from the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), unveils new datasets showing geographic shifts in Bitcoin mining …
Jackson Palmer / @ummjackson:
[Thread] Jackson Palmer, a Dogecoin co-creator, says crypto primarily amplifies the wealth of its proponents via tax avoidance, limited regulatory oversight  —  I am often asked if I will “return to cryptocurrency” or begin regularly sharing my thoughts on the topic again. My answer is a wholehearted “no”, but to avoid repeating myself I figure it might be worthwhile briefly explaining why here...
Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
iOS 15 and watchOS 8 beta 3 allow users to install system updates even when less than 500 MB of storage is available  —  As Apple continues to work on iOS 15 and other updates ahead of the fall release, the company rolled out today the third beta versions of its latest software for developers.
José Adorno / 9to5Mac:
Report: iPhone 12 line accounted for 63% of US iPhone sales in Q3; the iPhone 12 Pro Max had a 23% share while the iPhone 12 mini had a 5% share  —  A new report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners says the iPhone 12 line accounted for 63% of US iPhone sales in the quarter ending June 2021.
Rebecca Bellan / TechCrunch:
Netradyne, which uses cameras and edge computing to give commercial vehicle drivers real-time feedback, raises $150M Series C, bringing total funding to $197M+  —  Netradyne, a startup that uses cameras and edge computing to improve commercial driver safety, has scored $150 million in Series C funding.
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Dan Primack / Axios:
Sources: Miami-based OpenStore, which acquires Shopify merchants, raises $30M Series A led by Khosla Ventures at a post-money valuation of around $250M  —  OpenStore, a Miami-based rollup of Shopify merchants, raised $30 million in Series A funding led by Khosla Ventures at around a $250 million post-money valuation, Axios has learned.
Meagan Simpson / BetaKit:
Auvik Networks, which develops cloud-based network management software, raises CAD $312M from Great Hill Partners, bringing its total raised to CAD $362M  —  United States-based private equity firm Great Hill Partners has acquired a majority stake in Auvik Networks as the Waterloo-based startup looks …

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