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August 23, 2021, 8:05 AM

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Sami Fathi / MacRumors:
Mark Gurman: high-end M1X Mac mini with an updated design and more ports than the current M1 Mac mini should replace the Intel model in the next several months  —  Apple can be expected to launch an updated high-end Mac mini with a new design and a faster “M1X” Apple silicon processor in the …
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Facebook releases a previously shelved Q1 content transparency report, acknowledging the widespread reach of content casting doubt on COVID vaccines  —  The social-media platform's Saturday evening acknowledgment comes after a lengthy internal debate over whether to share data.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Elon Musk's “Tesla Bot” is a distraction and an empty promise, considering the progress of Boston Dynamics' Atlas, which has been in development for 10+ years  —  A distraction and an empty promise  —  After a dense presentation about the undeniably impressive work Tesla is doing with AI …
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Wired:
Report says Roblox exploits young game developers, many of them children, including by making it difficult to withdraw money earned through microtransactions  —  A new report claims that the massive video game platform can exploit young developers.  —  ROBLOX has become a video game titan …
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
PayPal will launch its cryptocurrency service in the UK this week, the product's first international expansion since it debuted in the US in 2020  —  - PayPal will let British customers buy, hold and sell digital currencies, starting this week.  — It marks the first international expansion …
Edd Gent / IEEE Spectrum:
Interview with Unreal Engine's Mark Petit on his view of the Metaverse as an immersive version of the internet, the need to have open standards for it, and more  —  A vast digital mirror world accessible through virtual reality is just around the corner, if you believe the latest pronouncements coming out of Silicon Valley.
Rebekah Valentine / IGN:
Game developers across the industry describe the complexity of making what seem like simple things in games, from doors to object interaction and more  —  Game devs of all sizes and scopes respond to the question: “What is a thing in video games that seems simple but is actually extremely hard to make?”
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Richard Lawler / The Verge:
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
A look at Afghanistan's burgeoning crypto scene, which Chainalysis ranked 20th globally in overall crypto adoption in 2021, after ranking among lowest last year  —  - For many Afghans, this week has laid bare the worst-case scenario for a country running on legacy financial rails …
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:

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