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October 13, 2021, 9:10 AM

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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.
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 …
Nikkei Asia:
Sources: TSMC and Sony are planning a semiconductor factory in Japan, opening in 2024 and costing ~$7B, half of which will come from the Japanese government  —  Toyota group parts maker Denso considers signing up  —  TOKYO — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest contract chipmaker …
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 …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple is exploring adding health-related features to AirPods, including for enhancing hearing, reading body temperature, and monitoring posture  —  Earbuds could be offered as hearing aids and include an in-ear thermometer and posture warnings  —  Apple Inc. is studying ways …
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 …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Samsung announces its Galaxy Unpacked Part 2 event will be held virtually on October 20 at 7am PT  —  Who's left?  —  Samsung has just sent out invitations for an event it is holding online on Wednesday, October 20th at 7AM PT / 10AM ET.  It's called “Galaxy Unpacked Part 2,” …
Will Oremus / Washington Post:
Regulating social media algorithms, an increasingly appealing idea among US lawmakers, is very hard to get right without running afoul of the First Amendment  —  Whistleblower Frances Haugen says the software that decides what we see in our social feeds is hurting us all.  But reforming it won't be easy.
Dave Michaels / Wall Street Journal:
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 …
Eleanor Olcott / Financial Times:
Research: China's bitcoin hashrate share fell from 44% to 0% between May and July, as the US rose from 17% in April to 35% in August and Kazakhstan rose to 18%  —  Crackdown on digital currencies knocks country's share of crypto production to zero  —  The US overtook China as the world's biggest source …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Seattle-based Karat, which helps companies conduct technical interviews, raises a $110M Series C at a $1.1B valuation led by Tiger Global  —  The news: Karat, a Seattle-based startup that helps companies conduct technical interviews, raised a $110 million Series C round at a $1.1 billion valuation.
Martin Matishak / The Record:
US to host a two-day virtual event from Wed. on ransomware with 30 countries, except Russia and China; source says Russia isn't invited “for a host of reasons”  —  The Biden administration did not invite Russia to participate in the first meeting of a global effort to combat cybercrime …
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 …
Reuters:
Internal documents show Amazon's Indian arm ran a systematic campaign to create knockoff goods and boost them in search, starting in 2016  —  A trove of internal Amazon documents reveals how the e-commerce giant ran a systematic campaign of creating knockoff goods and manipulating search results …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Ohio-based Aware, which analyzes internal company chat tools for legal compliance, sentiment, and more, raises a $60M Series C led by Goldman Sachs  —  Organizations have been using social media monitoring for years to get a better idea of how they are being perceived in the world at large …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Dexterity, which is developing a full-stack service for collaborative warehouse robots, raises a $140M Series B at a $1.4B valuation  —  Dexterity emerged from stealth in July of last year, touting a $56.2 million Series A. The Bay Area-based robotics startup was riding high on increased demand …

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