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October 1, 2021, 1:15 PM

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Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Senators grilled Facebook exec Antigone Davis at a hearing about Instagram's impact on teens and were frustrated by her reticence to answer questions directly  —  Last night, Facebook published two annotated slide decks in an attempt to contextualize the documents that the Wall Street Journal published …
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft details Office 2021 features and pricing ahead of Oct. 5 release: Office Home and Student will cost $150 and Office Home and Business will cost $250  —  Microsoft is launching Office 2021 on October 5th, and the company is finally detailing the features and pricing today.
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Slack says the service is down for many users worldwide since late Thursday afternoon due to a DNS issue  —  The workplace messaging app might not be restored until 5 p.m. ET on Friday for some people.  —  Alerts  —  It's not just you.  Slack has been down for many people worldwide since …
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
Founder of DeFi staking protocol Compound begs and issues threats to users, asking them to voluntarily return $90M after mistakenly sending them the money  —  - About $90 million has mistakenly gone out to users of popular DeFi staking protocol Compound and the founder is begging users to voluntary return the tokens.
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Clubhouse announces several features, including Clips, letting listeners snip 30 seconds of audio, and Replay, which lets hosts record a room  —  Clubhouse announced today that it is unveiling four new features: Clips, Replay, Universal Search and spatial audio for Android (which already exists on iOS).
The Markup:
A look at the $12B location data industry, including how collectors, aggregators, and marketplaces monetize user data  —  A huge but little-known industry has cropped up around monetizing people's movements  —  Companies that you likely have never heard of are hawking access to the location history on your mobile phone.
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
A look at the rise of employee dissent at Apple, including pushback against returning to the office, fighting for pay equity, and increasing leaks  —  On June 14th, 2021, Apple's remote work advocacy group sent an anonymous email to Tim Cook.  —  “We all agree that we are here at Apple …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Zoom says it no longer plans to acquire cloud-based call center software maker Five9, following the FCC's review of the $14.7B deal on national security grounds  —  - Zoom's attempted acquisition of cloud contact center software maker failed to win sufficient approval from Five9 shareholders.
Aislinn Keely / The Block:
TikTok launches Top Moments, an NFT collection featuring six “culturally significant TikTok videos” from creators including Lil Nas X  —  TikTok is launching a non-fungible token (NFT) collection that will see its top content creators partner with top NFT creators.
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
Quantum computing company IonQ to go public via SPAC, in a deal expected to raise $650M at a valuation of $2B  —  Today, Maryland-based quantum computing company IonQ is going public via a SPAC in a deal that's expected to raise $650 million.  Its $2 billion valuation and big-name investors indicate …
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