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July 27, 2021, 3:35 PM

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Arielle Pardes / Wired:
SensorTower: Clubhouse had 484K global installs from July 21 to 25, up 17% from the previous five days, after moving from invite-only to general availability  —  Just a few days after ditching its invite-only status, the audio chat app had fewer than 500,000 new downloads.
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.
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 …
Rachel Premack / Insider:
Workers at CSAT Solutions, a Texas company that handles many of Apple's laptop repairs, call their workplace a “sweatshop” with broken AC and 13-hour shifts  —  If you're ever unlucky enough to spill a latte between the keys of your $1,300 MacBook Pro or shatter its screen …
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 …
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
Activision Blizzard staff aim to walk out on Wednesday, demanding fairer treatment for underrepresented staff and ending arbitration clauses in staff contracts  —  Employees at Activision Blizzard Inc. are calling for a walkout on Wednesday to protest the company's responses …
Jason Schreier / Bloomberg:
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 …
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 …
Eshe Nelson / New York Times:
A look at the rise of ultra-fast grocery delivery startups, some with a goal of 10-minute deliveries, across major cities, led by Turkish startup Getir  —  Venture capital's newest darling is the online rapid grocery delivery industry.  Getir, a six-year-old Turkish company …

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