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October 12, 2021, 9:15 AM

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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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Fairphone 4 review: water and dust resistant, five-year warranty, and years of software support, but camera is so-so and performance can be sluggish  —  It's been hard to fault Fairphone's sustainable credentials over the years, whether it's the company's lengthy support periods, easy repairability, or ethically sourced materials.
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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 …
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