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October 11, 2021, 6:50 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.
Ivana Saric / Axios:
Whistleblower Frances Haugen accepts an invitation to brief Facebook's Oversight Board, which she claims Facebook has lied to “repeatedly”  —  Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen said Monday she will meet with the social media company's Oversight Board sometime in the coming weeks.
Bruce Haring / Deadline:
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
In an email to employees, Andy Jassy says Amazon will leave remote work decisions to team leaders, instead of having everyone return by January  —  [Updated below with additional details from internal FAQ.]  —  Amazon no longer plans to bring corporate employees back to the office en masse …
Katrina Manson / Financial Times:
Ex-Pentagon software chief Nicolas Chaillan, who recently resigned, says China is headed for global dominance due to advances in AI, ML, and cyber capabilities  —  Nicolas Chaillan speaks of ‘good reason to be angry’ as Beijing heads for ‘global dominance’ through technological innovation
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. …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Magic Leap raises another $500M and says its second-gen AR headset will arrive in 2022 with a slimmer form factor and twice the field of view  —  Augmented reality startup Magic Leap has raised a new $500 million round of funding at a $2 billion valuation, CEO Peggy Johnson told CNBC on Monday.
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
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Source: HTC's Vive Flow VR headset, to be released on Thursday, features six degrees of freedom tracking and is mostly for content consumption and casual gaming  —  HTC is set to unveil a new consumer headset at an online event Thursday: For weeks, the company has been teasing an unveiling using a …
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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 …
Renée DiResta / The Atlantic:
How influencer-organized campaigns are succeeding at “ampliganda”, shaping public perception via messaging that is amplified by social networks' algorithms  —  One Sunday morning in July of last year, a message from an anonymous account appeared on “Bernie or Vest,” a Discord chat server for fans of Senator Bernie Sanders.

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