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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.
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 …
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Santosh Janardhan / Facebook Engineering:
Facebook says configuration changes on its backbone routers disrupted network traffic between its data centers, causing an outage across its platforms  —  To all the people and businesses around the world who depend on us, we are sorry for the inconvenience caused by today's outage across our platforms.
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 …
Celso Martinho / The Cloudflare Blog:
Cloudflare says prior to Facebook's outage, Facebook issued several BGP updates, causing DNS resolution errors that knocked Facebook off the web  —  “Facebook can't be down, can it?”, we thought, for a second.  —  Today at 15:51 UTC, we opened an internal incident entitled …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Google announces the Pixel 6 virtual launch event will be on October 19 at 10am PT  —  The Pixel Fall Launch is on  —  Google traditionally holds an October hardware event to reveal its new Pixel phones.  This year, it already announced them — here's the Pixel 5A and the Pixel 6.
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:
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Europol announces the arrest of two alleged ransomware gang members in Ukraine, with help from US and French authorities, as some think they may belong to REvil  —  Two members of a ransomware gang were arrested in Ukraine following a joint international law enforcement operation.
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.
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.
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Sky Mavis, developer of NFT game Axie Infinity, raises ~$150M Series B led by Andreessen Horowitz, sources say at a nearly $3B valuation  —  Sky Mavis, the developer of the popular crypto-based online game Axie Infinity, is raising approximately $150 million in Series B funding …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Online course provider Udemy files for IPO, says its revenue grew from $276.3M in 2019 to $429.9M in 2020, and H1 2021 revenue was up 24.5% YoY to $250.6M  —  After digging into the Rent the Runway IPO filing this morning, we're turning to Udemy.  —  The Udemy offering comes in the wake …
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Insurance infrastructure startup Sure raises $100M Series C at a $550M valuation to help companies launch insurance products with its APIs  —  Sure, an insurance infrastructure startup, announced today that it has closed on $100 million in Series C funding at a $550 million valuation.

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