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August 23, 2021, 9:20 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 …
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
A bug in Razer's Synapse software, which Windows fetches and installs when a Razer accessory is plugged in, lets anyone with a Razer mouse gain admin privileges  —  A Razer Synapse zero-day vulnerability has been disclosed on Twitter, allowing you to gain Windows admin privileges simply by plugging in a Razer mouse or keyboard.
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 …
Tilly Kenyon / FinTech Magazine:
London-based online payments company Paysafe will acquire LATAM-focused e-commerce payment service SafetyPay for $441M in cash  —  Paysafe's latest acquisition of SafetyPay enables it to further scale in the high-growth Latin American region Paysafe, a specialised payments platform …
Gillian Tan / Bloomberg:
Nigerian mobile payments service OPay raises $400M led by Vision Fund 2 at a $2B valuation, marking SoftBank's first investment in Africa  —  - Sequoia Capital China and Redpoint China also participated  — Investment marks Vision Fund 2's first bet in Africa
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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 …
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.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Bangalore-based Zetwerk, a business-to-business marketplace for manufacturing items, raises $150M Series E led by D1 Capital Partners at a $1.33B valuation  —  An Indian startup that operates a business-to-business marketplace for manufacturing items is the latest to attain the coveted unicorn status in the South Asian market.
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