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October 2, 2021, 1:55 PM

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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.
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.
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 …
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!
Steve Kovach / CNBC:
Amazon's new PC game New World is a hit, with hundreds of thousands on Steam playing it at any given time, representing a leap for Amazon's gaming ambitions  —  - Amazon released a new video game for PCs this week called “New World.”  — The game is already a smash hit …
Kaya Genç / Rest of World:
As Istanbul becomes the world's capital of casual mobile gaming, a look at Turkey's estimated $880M gaming industry and its exploitative labor practices  —  Overworked and underpaid engineers are helping fuel Istanbul's mobile gaming bonanza.  —  • ISTANBUL, TURKEY
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.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Google announces a $1M sponsorship for Linux Foundation's Secure Open Source, a new pilot program to enhance the security of critical open source projects  —  Google has announced today a $1 million sponsorship for a new pilot program aimed at enhancing the security of critical open source software projects.
Tarush Bhalla / Livemint:
MFine, a Bangalore-based on-demand health care platform, raises $48M Series C co-led by Moore Strategic Ventures and BEENEXT, sources say at a $450M+ valuation  —  BENGALURU: Digital health platform MFine has raised $48 million as part of its Series C round, co-led by Moore Strategic Ventures and BEENEXT.

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