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September 27, 2021, 9:55 PM

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Adam Mosseri / Instagram:
Adam Mosseri says Instagram is pausing work on Instagram Kids, after criticism from parents, experts, regulators, policymakers, and others  —  - We believe building “Instagram Kids” is the right thing to do, but we're pausing the work.  — We'll use this time to work with parents …
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Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Facebook offers a metaverse definition, will invest $50M over two years in programs and external research to “responsibly” build the “next computing platform”  —  It defines the metaverse and calls it the ‘next computing platform’  —  Facebook has announced …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
TikTok says it now has 1B MAUs  —  TikTok says it has crossed a key milestone: The social video app claims it now counts more than 1 billion monthly active users.  —  TikTok is the successor to Musical.ly, the short-form video app that was acquired by Chinese internet giant ByteDance in 2017 …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
The researcher who disclosed three iOS zero-days last week says Apple apologized for the delayed response and said it is still investigating the vulnerabilities  —  Apple apologized for the delay in responding to the researcher, but experts think Apple needs to do better.  —  Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
Coinbase says it will let US users directly deposit any percentage of their paychecks into their Coinbase account, in USD or cryptocurrencies  —  - Coinbase will let U.S. users deposit any percentage of their paychecks directly into their accounts in the coming weeks.
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
Tesla begins letting drivers request its “Full Self-Driving” beta, prompting criticism from regulators and safety advocates  —  The software update was beamed to Tesla cars over-the-air early Saturday morning.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Tesla began letting owners request its …
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Cloudflare announces Email Routing and Email Security DNS Wizard, built on top of Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo, and others to prevent phishing, spoofing, and more  —  The internet infrastructure company wants to protect your inbox from targeted threats, starting with the launch of two new tools.
Nikkei Asia:
Apple suppliers like Eson Precision Engineering, Unimicron Technology, and Concraft Holding halt production until Friday as China tightens its energy policy  —  Weeklong stoppages to hit peak season for electronics goods including latest iPhone  —  An Apple Store in Beijing sells the new Apple iPhone 13.
Wall Street Journal:
Google begins its appeal of EU's $5B fine, arguing Android has boosted competition; a verdict isn't expected for months and can be appealed to EU's top court  —  Regulator says the Alphabet unit abused its market dominance, while Google says it boosts competition against Apple
Kellen Browning / New York Times:
Activision Blizzard settles with the EEOC, which sued it earlier in the day over alleged sexual harassment and discrimination, will create $18M fund for victims  —  The video game publisher Activision Blizzard said Monday that it would pay $18 million in a settlement with a federal employment agency …
James Hercher / AdExchanger:
Google says it will no longer use last-click attribution as the default conversion model in Google Ads, and will default to “data-driven attribution” instead  —  “Because of how we've been improving and training our data-driven attribution models, we've eliminated [that] previously existing requirement,” she said.
New York Times:
A look at China's complex relationship with video games and the impact of new restrictions aimed at minors, with many finding workarounds  —  China has a complex relationship with video games.  New government rules for minors have made it even more so.  —  China's video game industry is booming.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Singapore-based neobank Aspire, which offers Southeast Asian SMBs working capital and other financial services, raises $158M Series B in equity and debt  —  Aspire, the Singapore-based neobank that wants to become an “end-to-end financial operating system” for Southeast Asian businesses …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Bijnis, whose app helps factory owners in India build a digital presence and sell products to retailers, raises $30M Series B led by Westbridge Capital  —  The proliferation of affordable and fast mobile data allowed hundreds of millions of Indians to come online for the first time in the past decade.
Justin Sherman / Wired:
Russia's demand that Apple, Google, and other foreign tech companies employ local operatives, who can be prosecuted, likely influenced removing Navalny's app  —  When US tech companies opened offices there, it was supposed to mitigate oppression.  Instead those workers are now vulnerable to threats from local authorities.

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