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October 3, 2021, 4:05 PM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Nick Clegg defended Facebook in an internal memo as the whistleblower who shared company documents with Congress and WSJ is set to appear on CBS' 60 Minutes  —  In an internal memo, Facebook defended itself and said that social media was not a primary cause of polarization.  — Read in app
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 …
Tim Higgins / Wall Street Journal:
Analysis: Apple's operating profits from games in FY 2019 totaled $8.5B, $2B more than the combined profits of Sony, Activision, Nintendo, and Microsoft  —  CEO Tim Cook quietly turned the iPhone company into a superpower in the videogame business.  Now he's fighting rivals in a multiplayer universe.
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Apple and Google could help with child safety online by determining a user's age at device setup and sharing it with apps implementing child safety features  —  At a moment of almost frightening technological advancement, the tech industry's best defense against children accessing websites …
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.
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?
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.
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 …

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