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October 12, 2021, 8:15 PM

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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple says a virtual event, titled “Unleashed”, will be held on October 18 at 10am PT, where new MacBook Pros with M1X are expected  —  Apple today announced that it will be holding a special event on Monday, October 18 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
The Intercept publishes Facebook's secret blacklist of ~4,000 “Dangerous Individuals and Organizations” that users are barred from speaking favorably about  —  To ward off accusations that it helps terrorists spread propaganda, Facebook has for many years barred users …
Danny Nelson / CoinDesk:
Stripe begins hiring a crypto team to “build the future of Web3 payments”, three years after ending bitcoin support  —  Payments company Stripe has begun assembling a crypto engineering team to chart its future in digital assets.  —  The team - described in LinkedIn posts and job listings …
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 …
Eli Tan / CoinDesk:
Coinbase announces it will let users buy, sell, and showcase Ethereum-based NFTs by the end of the year  —  Coinbase is joining the non-fungible token (NFT) arms race.  —  The U.S. crypto exchange is launching “Coinbase NFT,” a marketplace that will allow its users to buy …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple will likely cut its projected iPhone 13 production targets for 2021 by 10M units, due to shortage of Broadcom and Texas Instruments parts  —  Apple Inc. is likely to slash its projected iPhone 13 production targets for 2021 by as many as 10 million units because of prolonged chip shortages …
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 …
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 …
Ellen Cushing / The Atlantic:
Slack has changed corporate culture, acting as a Trojan horse that flattens the communication hierarchy, largely to the benefit of employees  —  In 2014, the executives at a brand-new start-up called Andela made a decision whose consequences they would only understand much later.
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 …
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.
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.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Atomic, which offers payroll APIs for consumers to connect their income to services such as neobanks, raises a $22M Series A led by Innovation Capital  —  Fintech startup Atomic announced this morning that it has closed a $22 million Series A. Core Innovation Capital led the round, which saw participation from preceding investors.
More: FinLedger and Benzinga
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
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
CarDekho, an online marketplace for new and used cars in India, raises a $250M Series E led by LeapFrog Investments at a $1.2B valuation  —  CarDekho, an Indian search and e-commerce platform for new and used cars, has become the latest startup in the world's second-largest market to reach the unicorn status.
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Despite fears in the West, China's alleged AI prowess is mostly limited to computer vision, useful in domestic control of citizens, while the US' is far broader  —  The nation excels in computer vision and facial recognition, but practical applications are limited to surveillance.

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