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October 5, 2021, 9:10 PM

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Mark Zuckerberg says that Facebook does not prioritize profit over safety and well-being, argues that many of the whistleblower's claims don't make sense  —  I wanted to share a note I wrote to everyone at our company.  —  Hey everyone: it's been quite a week, and I wanted to share some thoughts with all of you.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Haugen's testimony: Facebook puts growth above public safety and must be more transparent, Section 230 reform is not enough, the buck stops at Zuckerberg, more  —  - Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before a Senate panel Tuesday, telling lawmakers they must intervene to solve the …
YouTube:
Video of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen's testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee  —  Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen testifies before Senate Commerce Committee https://www.c-span.org/video/?  515042-...
Keith Zubrow / CBS News:
60 Minutes publishes the eight SEC complaints filed by Frances Haugen against Facebook, covering 2020 election, Jan. 6 riots, teen mental health, and more  —  For the first time, read the whistleblower's complaints to the SEC that led to 60 Minutes' report on Facebook.
Santosh Janardhan / Facebook Engineering:
Facebook says a command issued to assess the availability of global backbone capacity caused its outage, in a post offering more details on its recovery efforts  —  Now that our platforms are up and running as usual after yesterday's outage, I thought it would be worth sharing a little …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Facebook's services and work tools return online after suffering a global outage for over six hours  —  Update: 5:55 p.m. ET: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger are slowly but surely coming back up after more than 6 hours of being down.  Your mileage may vary for now …
Amy Cheng / Washington Post:
Kris Holt / TechCrunch:
Report: for at least a couple of years, Amazon has worked on a fridge that can monitor usage and suggest products and recipes, investing $50M/year on the effort  —  Amazon is reportedly aiming to bring some of the tech it uses at cashierless Amazon Go stores to your kitchen.
Monica Chin / The Verge:
Microsoft Surface Pro 8 review: new modern look, 120Hz display, and improved stylus, but it is expensive, accessories aren't included, and ports are limited  —  This is the best Surface Pro we've seen in years  —  I've been waiting for the Surface Pro 8.  —  Microsoft has been selling …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple's latest AirPods Pro and AirPods Max firmware update adds Find My feature support  —  Earlier today, we reported that new firmware versions are gradually rolling out for Apple's wireless headphone products.  This new software enables Find My support for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, which Apple first teased back in June at WWDC.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Instagram ditches the IGTV brand and combines IGTV's long-form videos and Instagram Feed videos into a new Instagram Video format; Reels is unaffected  —  Instagram head Adam Mosseri recently said was “no longer a photo-sharing app,” noting the company was prioritizing a shift …
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
Leaked court doc shows US investigators secretly used a “keyword warrant” to order Google to provide data on anyone searching a victim's name and personal info  —  The U.S. government is secretly ordering Google to provide data on anyone typing in certain search terms, an accidentally unsealed court document shows.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Snapchat rolls out a new “Run for Office” in-app tool to encourage young adults to run for local office, including a portal with 75K+ curated upcoming elections  —  Snapchat is rolling out a new ‘Run for Office’ in-app tool to encourage young adults to run for local office.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
D-Wave says it aims to build a gate-model quantum computer, but will keep investing and developing the quantum annealing tech that it has pursued for 20+ years  —  For more than 20 years, D-Wave has been synonymous with quantum annealing.  Its early bet on this technology allowed it to become …
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:
Review of Apple's A15 shows big efficiency gains and adequate speed improvements, which range from 2.5% to 37% over A14 depending on the type of workload  —  A few weeks ago, we've seen Apple announce their newest iPhone 13 series devices, a set of phones being powered by the newest Apple A15 SoC.

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