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August 10, 2021, 11:10 AM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans a modest iPhone update, with a smaller notch, faster refresh rate, and camera upgrades, including ProRes recording and video Portrait mode  —  - Company plans video Portrait mode and higher-quality recording  — New models to include smaller display cutout and faster chip
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Apple's plan to find CSAM should have centered around scanning images on iCloud servers, not on users' devices, where there is a greater expectation of privacy  —  It was in August 2009, two months after the release of the iPhone 3GS, that the barbarians crashed the gates; from The Online Photographer:
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
New York Times:
Inside the rift between the White House and Facebook over vaccine misinformation, as the administration grew frustrated with Facebook's lack of transparency  —  Frustrations grew behind the scenes among top leaders on both sides, potentially hurting the government's efforts to overcome the pandemic.
Jeff Benson / Decrypt:
The latest cryptocurrency compromise amendment to Senate's infrastructure bill fails to reach a vote after Sen. Shelby files an objection over military spending  —  The Senate rejected an amendment championed by the cryptocurrency industry that exempts non-custodial crypto actors …
Bloomberg:
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Salesforce launches Salesforce+, a free streaming service aimed at business professionals, with original programming from Salesforce and eventually its clients  —  Salesforce is the latest tech giant to venture into video streaming with the launch of a new service aimed at business professionals …
David Jeans / Forbes:
Gusto, which offers payroll and HR software for SMBs, raises $175M led by T. Rowe Price at a $9.5B valuation  —  Last year, as the pandemic left offices empty throughout the country, Josh Reeves watched the small business customers of his HR software company, Gusto, fighting to survive.
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Dave Lee / Financial Times:
Amazon says it will pay up to $1,000 in damages for dangerous goods sold by third-party merchants starting September 1 in the US  —  More than half of products sold on the platform come from third parties and are not vetted by ecommerce giant  —  Amazon will start directly paying compensation …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
HP announces two Chrome OS PCs: all-in-one Chromebase AiO, with a 21.5" rotating touchscreen, and Chromebook x2 11, with a detachable display, both from $600  —  Plus a new Works With Chromebook-certified USB-C monitor  —  HP is announcing two new Chrome OS computers for its consumer-focused lineup.
Twitter:
Analysis of tweets about Euro 2020, including racist abuse towards England players: 99% of accounts suspended were not anonymous and most abuse came from the UK  —  In February this year, we outlined the steps we have been taking to combat racist abuse on Twitter.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Twitter's photo cropping algorithm favors people with slimmer, younger-looking faces, and lighter skin; a researcher was awarded $3,500 for the discovery  —  A researcher at Switzerland's EPFL technical university won a $3,500 prize for determining that a key Twitter algorithm favors faces …
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
How text-heavy meme posts, often paired with nonsensical, low-quality images, have begun sweeping through Instagram, thanks largely to Gen-Z accounts  —  Fueled by Gen Z, text-heavy meme posts, often paired with nonsensically unrelated pictures, are turning the photo and video app into a destination for written expression.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Samsung unveils the 5nm Exynos W920 for wearables, featuring two Cortex-A55 cores and a Mali-G68 GPU, and claims 20% better CPU and 10x better GPU performance  —  New hardware for new software  —  Samsung has announced the Exynos W920, a new processor designed for smartwatches and other wearables.
Reuters:
Shares of Krafton, the game studio behind PUBG, fell as much as 20% after it raised $3.8B in its Seoul IPO at a valuation of ~$19B, likely due to China concerns  —  Shares in Krafton Inc (259960.KS), the Tencent Holdings-backed (0700.HK) South Korean company behind blockbuster video game …

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