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October 6, 2021, 12:15 AM

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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.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Telegram, which recently reported passing 1B total downloads and 500M MAUs, says it added 70M users on Monday amid the outage of Facebook's products  —  Facebook's hours-long outage on Monday may have hurt the company, its founder, shareholders, and many businesses that rely on the social juggernaut's services.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
AnnaMaria Andriotis / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Visa plans to trim the fee banks pay Apple for recurring automated payments next year amid discontent in the banking industry; Apple opposes the change  —  Banks are nudging Visa to change the way it processes some Apple Pay transactions, according to people familiar with the matter
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Report claims Apple's health team has faced several internal issues and high-level departures; Apple says the report is based on “inaccurate” information  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook has previously stated that Apple's greatest contribution to mankind will be related to health …
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 …
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 …
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.
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
Commonstock, a social network for retail traders that requires them to link their brokerage account before posting about their investments, raises $25M Series A  —  - Commonstock is a relatively new social media platform dedicated to financial markets.  It requires traders to link …

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