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October 10, 2021, 4:05 PM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook and its apps were inaccessible for about two hours on Friday afternoon, which the company says was caused by a “configuration” change  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook and its family of apps were inaccessible on Friday afternoon, the second time in a week that the social network …
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
It took decades to bring meaningful government regulation for Big Tobacco and experts say it could take an equally long time to regulate Big Tech  —  If what faces Big Tech is anything like what happened to Big Tobacco, the road ahead is likely to be a yearslong battle over proposed rules and regulations.
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Tesla delays Full Self-Driving beta rollout to ~1,000 drivers with perfect safety scores of 100, Elon Musk says due to a “few last minute concerns”  —  The “Full Self-Driving” update was supposed to roll out to 1,000 more Tesla owners Friday  —  Tesla has delayed the rollout …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Leaked marketing site: Pixel 6 phones will include a 50MP primary camera, with 12MP ultrawide and 48MP 4x telephoto lenses on Pro, and a Magic Eraser feature  —  The Pixel 6 series is set to deliver the biggest camera overhaul the Pixel lineup has ever seen, and now a pair of marketing sites …
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Apple appeals Epic Games ruling, asking for a stay on the requirement to make App Store changes; if Apple wins the stay, IAP changes could be delayed for years  —  - Apple is asking for a stay on the injunction that says developers can add in-app links to non-Apple payment websites.
Jeff Verkoeyen / @featherless:
[Thread] Google's staff engineering lead for Apple's platforms says Google stopped using Material Design for iOS apps after almost a decade, in favor of UIKit  —  This year my team shifted the open source Material components libraries for iOS into maintenance mode. Why? A 🧵...
Evelyn Douek / The Atlantic:
When trying to address problems that social media may cause young people, lawmakers focus on Facebook and largely ignore TikTok, which most teens use  —  Many people think of TikTok as a dance app.  And although it is an app full of dancing, it's also a juggernaut experiencing astronomical growth.
Ben Sandofsky / Lux:
A deep dive into iPhone 13 Pro's macro mode, including how it works and the shortcuts Apple took to make it work seamlessly for most users  —  The iPhone 13 Pro features a new camera capable of focusing closer than ever before—less than an inch away.  This opens a whole new dimension …
Kris Holt / Engadget:
Google says Chrome's Follow button, for sites that support RSS, is now available to all Android users  —  Google hasn't completely given up on RSS.  Earlier this year, it started testing a Follow button in Chrome on Android, which allows users to get updates from websites on the new tab page.
New York Times:
Imposition of bitcoin on El Salvador's unwilling population by the increasingly authoritarian ruler Nayib Bukele is testing BTC's promise of financial liberty  —  As cryptocurrency enters global finance, an experiment in El Salvador could offer clues on whether it will bring a more libertarian economy or greater government control.
BBC:
Following a BBC investigation, Facebook bans buying and selling Amazon rainforest land in ecological conservation areas on Marketplace  —  Facebook says it will begin clamping down on the illegal sale of protected areas of the Amazon rainforest on its site.

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