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August 16, 2021, 1:40 PM

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Vlad Savov / Bloomberg:
Google and Facebook say they will participate in a subsea cable system linking Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines, and Indonesia, launching 2024  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Facebook Inc. announced their participation in a new subsea cable system for 2024 set …
Tom Krisher / Associated Press:
NHTSA opens a formal investigation into Tesla's Autopilot system, covering 765K vehicles, saying it has trouble spotting parked emergency vehicles  —  DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government has opened a formal investigation into Tesla's Autopilot partially automated driving system, saying it has trouble spotting parked emergency vehicles.
Kate Conger / New York Times:
Inside Twitter's two-year effort to change its internal culture, led by controversial VP of design Dantley Davis, which led to HR investigations and staff exits  —  Two years ago, the company brought in a blunt executive to make things move faster and to promote diversity.  Then the problems began.
Brad Stone / Bloomberg:
A look at US lawmakers' efforts to rein in Google and Apple's app stores, after a bipartisan companion bill to Senate's Open App Markets Act debuts in the House  —  Legislating your apps  —  The U.S. Congress wants to change the way your smartphone works.  And the effort may actually succeed.
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
A look at Coinbase Ventures, which has backed 150+ companies over three years, writes mostly seed checks of $50K to $250K, and does not have any full-time staff  —  Look at the busiest U.S. investors in cryptocurrency startups this year, and in between investment firms like Digital Currency Group …
The Information:
Sources: seeking greater control, the Chinese government took a stake and a board seat in ByteDance's Beijing entity in April  —  For months, China has sought to bring its bustling internet sector to heel with an intensifying series of antitrust crackdowns and data security probes.
Wall Street Journal:
A look at chipmakers' race to capitalize on a wave of subsidies, as the US and other western countries reassess their industrial policies to slow China's rise  —  U.S. semiconductor maker's appeal for subsidies plays on national security fears during chip shortage; ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste’
Mishaal Rahman / XDA Developers:
A look at Camera Switches in the Android 12 beta, an accessibility feature that lets users control their devices using only facial movements  —  Android has long had an Accessibility API that's intended for developers to build apps and experiences aimed at helping persons with disabilities, though it isn't always used for that purpose.
David Gilbert / VICE:
Research shows pro-Trump social network GETTR has no content moderation besides user reporting and reached 1.5M users in August, not July as claimed  —  Gettr, the pro-Trump Twitter alternative launched last month by close Trump adviser Jason Miller, is allowing users to share child exploitation images.

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