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October 4, 2021, 8:30 AM

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CBS News:
In a 60 Minutes interview, WSJ's Facebook Files whistleblower says Facebook is misleading the public on progress against hate speech, misinformation, and more  —  Frances Haugen says in her time with Facebook she saw, “conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook.”
Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Facebook PM Frances Haugen comes forward as the key source behind WSJ's Facebook Files, saying she became alarmed by how profits came before public safety  —  The former Facebook employee says her goal is to help prompt change at the social-media giant  —  The former Facebook Inc. employee …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Prior to the 60 Minutes interview, Nick Clegg posted an internal memo saying the whistleblower would accuse Facebook of relaxing election safeguards too soon  —  In an internal memo, Facebook defended itself and said that social media was not a primary cause of polarization.  — Read in app
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
As WSJ's Facebook Files suggest, Facebook seems to be in a slow, steady decline, evidenced by frenetic pivots, executive paranoia, and talent attrition  —  A trove of leaked documents, published by The Wall Street Journal, hints at a company whose best days are behind it.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Gurman: MacBook Pros with M1X, including 8 high-performance cores, 2 high-efficiency cores, and 16 or 32 graphics cores, will launch “in the next month”  —  Now that the iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7 have officially been announced, attention has shifted to Apple's highly …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Quest Software's One Identity acquires OneLogin, a rival to Okta and Ping in sign-on and identity access management; OneLogin raised $100M Series D in 2019  —  More consolidation is afoot in the world of cybersecurity, specifically around services to help organizations manage identity and access.
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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.
Bloomberg:
A shortage of silicon metal, sparked by China cutting output, has sent prices up 300% in less than two months, impacting production of chips, glass, and more  —  - Silicon metal output disrupted amid electricity curbs in China  — Chemicals firms declare force majeure on silicone products
Yoolim Lee / Bloomberg:
Indonesian stock trading app Ajaib raises $153M Series B led by DST Global at a $1B valuation; Robinhood backers Ribbit, ICONIQ, and IVP joined the round  —  - Robinhood backers DST Global, Ribbit, ICONIQ, IVP joined round  — App founded by Stanford MBA classmates targets young traders
Jaron Schneider / PetaPixel:
An ophthalmologist details using the iPhone 13 Pro's macro camera to document changes in his patients' eyes, for which he previously had a $15K setup  —  Doctor Tommy Korn recently went viral for showing how he uses the new iPhone 13 Pro macro camera capabilities to document the eyes of his patients.
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 …

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