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October 11, 2021, 12:45 PM

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New York Times:
Internal messages, documents, and a Zuckerberg Q&A show Facebook's attempts to calm staff, including sending out talking points and holding briefing sessions  —  Employees are divided over Frances Haugen, a former product manager who testified that the company was putting profit before safety.
Bruce Haring / Deadline:
Nick Clegg says that Facebook will put “more friends, less politics” in News Feed and will “nudge” teens away from toxic Instagram content  —  Fighting back after a whistleblower's damning testimony earlier this week before a Congressional committee …
BBC:
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen will give evidence to the UK Parliament's Online Safety Bill committee on October 25  —  Frances Haugen, the Facebook whistleblower who accuses the technology giant of putting profit ahead of safety, will give evidence to the UK Parliament later this month.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook adds an Audio hub to its app in the US, featuring podcasts, Live Audio Rooms, and short-form audio, and rolls out Live Audio Rooms globally  —  Facebook is expanding its investment in audio initiatives with the launch of a new “Audio” destination in its mobile app in the U.S. …
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
EU's proposed Big Tech regulations have become bogged down in the European Parliament and now risk being watered down and heavily delayed  —  Deep divides over proposed EU tech regulation likely to trigger long delays  —  A frank intervention in the European parliament last month captured …
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis of leaked data from 4.9M Twitch accounts: the top 1% of streamers made over half of the money paid out in 2021, 3/4 made under $120, and more  —  The top 1% of paid streamers so far this year got over half of all revenue … Twitch streamer earnings this year
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 …
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Profile of Ifeoma Ozoma as she launches The Tech Worker Handbook, an online guide for tech workplace complaints, and Silenced No More Act becomes California law  —  - Ifeoma Ozoma, a former employee at Pinterest and Google, just published a resource guide for tech workers who are considering …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
French startup Homa Games, which provides an SDK for indie developers and studios to make and publish casual games, raises $50M Series A led by Northzone  —  Just days after Voodoo acquired Beach Bum, another French mobile gaming company has news to share.  Homa Games is raising a $50 million Series A round led by Northzone.

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