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September 8, 2021, 8:30 PM

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Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it's testing Communities, invite-only topic-based public feeds curated by moderators, initially limited to a few topics including dogs and skincare  —  Twitter is a useful place for following breaking news and keeping up with what the people you're already interested in are doing …
Frank Chaparro / The Block:
Coinbase says SEC threatened to sue over its yet-to-be-launched Lend program, following discussions with the regulator that have lasted almost six months  —  Crypto exchange Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong responded Tuesday evening to planned enforcement by the U.S. Securities …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google announces Workspace updates, including spaces for collaboration, Meet calling within Gmail, and 27" and 65" video calling devices by Logitech and Avocor  —  A new GamesBeat event is  Google today announced a series of updates across Workspace, its collection of cloud computing …
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Documents: LAPD directs its officers to collect social media information of every civilian they interview, including those not arrested or accused of a crime  —  An internal police chief memo shows employees were directed to use ‘field interview cards’ which would then be reviewed
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Researchers: China-linked fake social media accounts tried to draw Asian-Americans to protests against racism; Facebook, YouTube, Twitter suspended the accounts  —  Campaign is first known instance of China-linked actors fomenting real-world U.S. protest; 'They're copying the Kremlin's playbook'
Cade Metz / New York Times:
A look at Sila Nanotechnologies' new battery model, which ships in the new Whoop wearable, and may fuel a change in energy storage for electric cars and more  —  This week, a more efficient type of battery arrives in a wristband fitness tracker.  It could soon reach smart glasses, cars and even aircraft.
Dave Nyczepir / FedScoop:
US Commerce Dept. says it is forming the National AI Advisory Committee, which will advise POTUS and federal agencies on AI research, competitiveness, and more  —  The Department of Commerce has set up a committee to advise the president and other federal agencies on artificial intelligence issues …
David Zipper / Slate:
As carmakers use infotainment systems to stand out from competitors, the essentially unregulated displays are becoming flashy, feature-packed distractions  —  You're driving and you're bored.  Tired of staring at the road, your eyes drift toward the polished touchscreen to the right of your steering wheel …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple announces a “California Streaming” virtual event on September 14 at 10am PT, where new iPhones and Apple Watches are expected  —  Apple today announced that it will be holding a special event on Tuesday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. The event will take place at the Steve Jobs Theater …
Sophie Elmhirst / The Guardian:
How three cryptocurrency enthusiasts bought a cruise ship in October 2020 to start a libertarian crypto utopia, only to have their plans collapse months later  —  Last year, three cryptocurrency enthusiasts bought a cruise ship.  They named it the Satoshi, and dreamed of starting a floating libertarian utopia.
Nikkei Asia:
PayPal to acquire Japan-based Paidy, a buy now, pay later service, for $2.7B in cash; PayPal expects the deal to be completed by December  —  Aims to boost Japan business with new cross-border e-commerce payment services  —  NEW YORK — U.S. payment company PayPal Holdings on Wednesday announced …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Mobile game publisher Jam City raises $350M in equity and debt, after a $1.2B SPAC merger fell apart, and buys rival Ludia for $165M  —  A new GamesBeat event is around the corner!  Learn more about what comes next.  —  Jam City has raised $350 million in funding and it has closed …
Ian Carlos Campbell / The Verge:
Twitter says it is testing edge-to-edge pictures and videos in tweets on iOS to better support visual and text-based conversations  —  An Instagram-like focus on visuals  —  Twitter has announced that it's testing edge-to-edge media in tweets on iOS, creating a more full-screen …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Shutterstock acquires Seattle-based online photo editing service PicMonkey for $110M in cash  —  Publicly-traded photography giant Shutterstock has acquired PicMonkey, a Seattle startup founded nine years ago that provides online photo editing and graphic design tools.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
SingleStore, which offers an SQL-based service to help enterprises use data from disparate silos, raises $80M Series F, sources say at a $940M valuation  —  Organizations are swimming in data these days, and so solutions to help manage and use that data in more efficient ways will continue to see a lot of attention and business.
DW.COM:
Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office confirms it bought NSO's Pegasus spyware in 2019 and used it in operations on terrorism and organized crime since March  —  Sources have confirmed media reports that federal criminal police purchased and used the controversial Israeli surveillance spyware despite lawyers' objections.

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