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October 13, 2021, 12:35 PM

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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Richard Lawler / The Verge:
Snap says it is aware of an issue that has taken some Snapchat features offline for over two hours  —  The company was aware of the issue  —  For a couple of hours on Wednesday morning, Snap Streaks were at risk as many users reported they couldn't successfully post story updates or send messages on the service.
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,” …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Apple Watch Series 7 review: bigger display, dust resistance, and multiple timers, but only one day battery life and no third-party watch faces or Qi charging  —  A bigger screen and faster charging are nice, but not reasons to upgrade  —  The most important questions to ask …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Weights & Biases, which builds tools for machine learning researchers, raises a $100M Series C at a ~$1B valuation from Felicis and others  —  Update: The round in question was $135 million, not $100 million as originally noted.  I apologize for the mistake!  —  What do you call AI these days?
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis: competitors are gaining on Huawei and Apple in the 5G equipment and handset markets; US is catching up fast to China in 5G subscriptions per capita  —  The competition among equipment makers, countries and cellphone companies is heated.  Here are the leaders in each of those races.
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.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Mindbody acquires ClassPass, a subscription-based fitness marketplace recently valued at $1B, in an all-stock deal and raises $500M led by Sixth Street  —  ClassPass, the subscription-based fitness marketplace most recently valued at $1 billion, is today announcing that it has been acquired by Mindbody.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Acer announces ConceptD 7 SpatialLabs Edition laptop, which uses eye tracking for a glasses-free 15.6-inch 3D display, available in December starting at €3,599  —  That kind of tech doesn't come cheap, though  —  Acer is finally bringing its glasses-free 3D SpatialLabs tech to a laptop you can buy …
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 …
Martin Matishak / The Record:
US to host a two-day ransomware virtual event from Wed. with 30 countries, excluding Russia and China; source says Russia wasn'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 …
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.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Facebook says it now counts activists and journalists as “involuntary” public figures to help protect them and will remove sexual content targeting celebrities  —  Facebook said it will remove “severe sexualizing content” targeting public figures — including celebrities …
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 …

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