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September 5, 2021, 3:20 PM

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Ryan Mac / New York Times:
Facebook apologizes after its AI recommendation feature categorized a video of Black men as “about Primates”; Facebook disabled the feature and is investigating  —  Facebook called it “an unacceptable error.”  The company has struggled with other issues related to race.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Apple made an unforced error by trying to tackle CSAM and child safety issues inside the Apple Park vacuum while adhering to its annual iOS release schedule  —  Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review.  —  Last week, we dove into the truly bizarre machinations of the NFT market.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Harvard's Willy Shih on the global chip shortage, supply chains, and why Biden's $52B for chip manufacturing may not be enough for the US to catch up to TSMC  —  Since the beginning of the pandemic, the demand for microchips has far exceeded supply, causing problems in every industry that relies on computers.
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Following Texas' abortion law, tech companies could face suits over providing on-demand rides to clinics, subpoenas requesting user data, and more  —  With the Supreme Court deciding not to block Texas' effective ban on abortion this week, fears have been rightly focused on the people in Texas …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Texas Right to Life whistleblower site is now using Epik for its name servers and as its domain registrar, as Digital Ocean appears to have cut off service  —  GoDaddy gave website “24 hours to move to a different provider.”  —  The Texas Right to Life group will have to find a new hosting provider …
New York Times:
Regulators rush to catch up with DeFi startups and crypto-backed lenders like BlockFi, which now touts $10B+ in assets, 450K+ clients, and licenses in 28 states  —  The boom in companies offering cryptocurrency loans and high-yield deposit accounts is disrupting the banking industry and leaving regulators scrambling to catch up.
Carrie Mihalcik / CNET:
#AppleToo publishes an open letter to Tim Cook, asking for transparent and fair compensation, reinvestigation of discrimination and harassment cases, and more  —  Among the requests in the open letter are transparent compensation and a reinvestigation of reports of discrimination and harassment.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple Watch Series 7 will be announced alongside the new iPhone, but production issues may cause the new models to ship late or in limited quantities  —  This is the free version of Power On.  If you like it, consider subscribing to Bloomberg.com — you'll receive …
Steven Levy / Wired:
Profile of Alvy Ray Smith, a Pixar co-founder who created the algorithms fundamental to animated movies and left after severe disagreements with Steve Jobs  —  Alvy Ray Smith helped invent computer animation as we know it—then got royally shafted by Steve Jobs.  Now he's got a vision for where the pixel will take us next.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Interview with Dom Hofmann on how and why he created Loot, the communities, creativity, and NFT speculation it spawned, and the future of the project  —  Loot (and Vine) creator Dom Hofmann on creating an open-source, decentralized game / financial asset / art project / metaverse (?)
Raphael Satter / Reuters:
Source: Google has temporarily locked an unspecified number of Afghan government email accounts, as the Taliban seeks to acquire former officials' emails  —  Google has temporarily locked down an unspecified number of Afghan government email accounts, according to a person familiar with the matter …

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