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August 23, 2021, 9:35 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 …
Yogita Khatri / The Block:
Visa says it acquired CryptoPunk 7610, one of the 3,840 female punk NFTs, for around $150K last week, adding it to its art collection  —  Quick Take  — Visa has bought CryptoPunk 7610 as it enters into the world of NFT commerce.  — “NFTs are an intersection of culture and commerce …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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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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 …
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
Apple confirms it has been scanning iCloud Mail for CSAM since 2019 but has not been scanning iCloud Photos or iCloud backups  —  Apple has confirmed to me that it already scans iCloud Mail for CSAM, and has been doing so since 2019.  It has not, however, been scanning iCloud Photos or iCloud backups.
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.

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