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October 11, 2021, 9:00 PM

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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.
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:
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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.
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. …
Kris Holt / Engadget:
Twitter now lets web users remove followers without having to block them, after testing the option for over a month  —  All Twitter users can now remove a follower without having to block them.  The company started testing this option last month, and starting today, everyone will have access to it.
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 …
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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