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October 12, 2021, 11:55 AM

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Dave Michaels / Wall Street Journal:
Frances Haugen's lawyer says the SEC has been communicating with her lawyers over her claims about Facebook  —  Whistleblower allegations don't resemble a typical securities-fraud case, but the pressure to investigate is strong  —  WASHINGTON—The controversy over what Facebook Inc …
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Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Microsoft says it mitigated a 2.4Tbps DDoS attack on an Azure customer at the end of August, breaking AWS' record of mitigating a 2.3Tbps attack in Feb. 2020  —  Microsoft said its Azure cloud service mitigated a 2.4 terabytes per second (Tbps) distributed denial of service attack this year …
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.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Instagram says it is testing Activity Feed notifications in the US that will alert users of service outages and technical issues  —  One week after a massive Facebook outage that took all of the social network's apps offline for more than six hours, Instagram says it's testing notifications …
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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft makes a preview version of Windows Subsystem for Linux for Windows 11 available in the Microsoft Store, decoupling the app from the Windows image  —  Microsoft is taking the first step toward making WSL available as a decoupled app available via the Microsoft Store via a first preview release.
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
1Password launches Psst!, which lets users share login credentials with just a link  —  Even those who don't have a 1Password account.  —  Password sharing in the workplace and at home is a common practice, but doing so securely can be tricky.  1Password aims to address that with its new feature …
Victoria Song / Gizmodo:
Tile revamps its lineup with IP67 water resistance, longer ranges, and safety features to avoid unwanted tracking, and announces Tile Ultra with UWB support  —  Tile adds a new lost and found feature, safety from unwanted tracking, and a new ultra-wideband tracker.  Sound familiar?  —  Alerts
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Canva announces Canva Video, a suite of video editing tools available as part of its free tier  —  Canva, the $40 billion software startup looking to make design accessible to everyone, has today announced a video editing suite.  —  Launched in 2013, Canva emerged during the design rennaissance …
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Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Q&A with Sundar Pichai, Thomas Kurian, and other Google executives on Google Cloud's new sustainability features, which help customers track emissions, and more  —  Many companies are reacting to the climate crisis by hastily formulating long-term plans to go carbon neutral.  Not Google.
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.
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Patreon's Memberful, which helps manage subscriptions, debuts a newsletter feature that takes a 4.9% cut plus $25/month or $100/month depending on pricing plan  —  Between Facebook outages and Twitch data breaches, last week was bumpy for social platforms and the creators who build businesses on them.
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Alviere, an embedded finance startup helping brands deliver financial products and services to customers and employees, raises $70M from Series A and B rounds  —  Alviere, an embedded finance startup that aims to help any brand deliver financial products and services to its customers and employees …
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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Microsoft and Nvidia claim to have trained the largest and most capable AI language model yet, containing 530B parameters  —  Microsoft and Nvidia today announced that they trained what they claim is the largest and most capable AI-powered language model to date: Megatron-Turing Natural Language Generation (MT-NLP).

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