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July 27, 2021, 1:25 PM

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Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Instagram announces changes for teen accounts, including making them private by default, restricting messages from “suspicious” adults, and limiting ads  —  Instagram has introduced protections for its teenage users to default young people into private accounts and make it harder for …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Nothing, launched by OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, announces $99 Ear (1) wireless earbuds, available August 17 with gesture controls, ANC, and more  —  Nothing, the consumer tech startup led by OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, has officially announced its Ear (1) true wireless earbuds.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
1Password raises $100M led by Accel at a $2B valuation, after raising $200M in 2019, and says it now has 90,000 business customers  —  All the sessions from Transform 2021 are available on-demand now.  Watch now.  —  Password management platform 1Password has raised $100 million …
Coco Feng / South China Morning Post:
Cryptocurrency exchanges Huobi and OKCoin are closing their subsidiaries in Beijing, as China expands its crack down; shares of Huobi's parent drop ~22%  —  The latest moves by Huobi and OKCoin follow the central government's actions against businesses related to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies BTCChina …
Thomas Claburn / The Register:
Following appliance energy efficiency laws in CA, CO, HI, OR, VT, and WA, Dell has stopped shipping select power-hungry PCs in those markets  —  Energy efficiency rules appears to be limiting the availability of gaming rigs  —  Dell is no longer shipping energy-hungry gaming PCs to certain states …
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Apple updates iOS, iPadOS, and macOS to address a zero-day flaw that was reportedly actively exploited, making it the 13th zero-day Apple has patched this year  —  Apple has released patches today for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS to address a zero-day vulnerability that the company says has been exploited in the wild.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Samsung confirms it won't launch a new Galaxy Note at its Unpacked event on Aug. 11, instead focusing on new Galaxy Z phones and an S Pen designed for foldables  —  The company also promises ‘enhanced durability’  —  Samsung isn't looking to have many surprises at its August 11th Unpacked event.
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:
Blameless, a site reliability engineering service, raises $30M Series B led by Third Point Ventures, bringing its total funding to over $50M  —  Site reliability engineering platform Blameless announced Tuesday it raised $30 million in a Series B funding round, led by Third Point Ventures …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Facebook announces a new Metaverse product group, with plans to hire hundreds of staff, led by Instagram VP Vishal Shah, reporting to VR/AR VP Andrew Bosworth  —  The company plans to hire hundreds of new staffers for the group.  —  Facebook is all in on the Metaverse …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Blaize, which custom-designs AI edge chips with a new graph streaming architecture, raises $71M Series D, bringing its total raised to $155M  —  All the sessions from Transform 2021 are available on-demand now.  Watch now.  —  Blaize, a company developing AI edge computing platforms for automotive …
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Intel says its Foundry Services will build chips for Qualcomm and AWS and lays out a roadmap to catch up with TSMC and Samsung by 2025  —  Intel Corp (INTC.O) said on Monday its factories will start building Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) chips and laid out a roadmap to expand its new foundry business …
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Indonesia-based grocery delivery app HappyFresh raises $65M Series D led by Naver Financial Corporation and Gafina B.V.  —  HappyFresh, the on-demand grocery app based in Indonesia, announced today it has raised a $65 million Series D. The round was led by Naver Financial Corporation and Gafina B.V. …

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