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October 2, 2021, 11:10 PM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Internal memo by Nick Clegg says a whistleblower is expected to appear on Sunday's “60 Minutes” and accuse Facebook of contributing to US political polarization  —  In an internal memo, Facebook defended itself and said that social media was not a primary cause of polarization.
New York Times:
Sources: emergency meetings continue inside Facebook amid WSJ exposé, as some research staff decry Facebook's public response in group chats  —  The social network has been all hands on deck as it grapples with revelations that it knew the harmful effects its Instagram photo-sharing app was having on teenagers.
Sami Fathi / MacRumors:
Kuo: Apple has canceled plans to release an iPad Air with an OLED display in 2022 due to quality and cost concerns, will still release mini-LED 11" iPad Pro  —  Apple has canceled its plans to release an updated iPad Air with an OLED display next year due to concerns around quality and costs …
Brandon Katz / Observer:
A look at Apple's TV+ progress and strategy as it navigates a crowded streaming video market  —  Why Apple TV+ isn't necessarily competing with Netflix.  —  Nearly two years after launching Apple TV+ in November of 2019, Apple has remained notoriously secretive about its fledgling streaming service.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The new tab design in Safari 15 for macOS makes usability worse and shows a complete disregard for the familiarity users have with the previous tab design  —  Our long national iOS 15 Safari nightmare ended last month, praise be, but the lesser of the two bad Safari designs unveiled …
Charlie Campbell / TIME:
TSMC chairman Mark Liu on US-China tensions, the push for semiconductor localization in the US, which he says will not improve supply chain resilience, and more  —  On the northwest coast of Taiwan, nestled between mudflats teeming with fiddler crabs and sweet-scented persimmon orchards …
Carolina Milanesi / Fast Company:
Amazon Astro review: impressive autonomous navigation skills, reasonable price for the tech, attractive design, but its daily utility is questionable  —  In a two-week trial, Astro was surprisingly endearing and avoided hazards such as pets and stairs.  But I still don't know what I'd do with one.
Sean Lyngaas / CNN:
President Biden to convene a 30-country meeting this month to try to ramp up global efforts to address the ransomware threat  —  (CNN)The White House will convene a 30-country meeting this month to try to ramp up global efforts to address the threat of ransomware to economic and national security …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Ethereum is becoming the platform of choice for DeFi projects, but remains behind schedule with complex technical upgrades, as nimbler rivals emerge  —  Developers are flocking to the platform's blockchain but nimbler rivals are emerging  —  Is ethereum the future of the internet?
Josef Adalian / Vulture:
South Korean show Squid Game, topping Netflix charts in 90 countries, vindicates Netflix's strategy of creating franchises using content from around the world  —  At your service.  —  This story also ran in Buffering, Vulture's newsletter about the streaming industry.  Head to vulture.com/buffering and subscribe today!

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