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October 14, 2021, 8:05 AM

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Ryan Mac / New York Times:
Facebook sets some internal message boards to private, including discussions on platform safety and election integrity, limiting which employees have access  —  Facebook told employees on Tuesday that it was making some of its internal online discussion groups private, in an effort to minimize leaks.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Twitter begins testing ads directly in replies, after the first, third, or eighth reply to a tweet, on iOS and Android globally  —  Just kidding, it's a bad place  —  I don't know about you, but I sometimes feel like Twitter is overloaded with ads in my feed.
Nikkei Asia:
TSMC says it will build its first plant in Japan, focusing on 22nm and 28nm chips, becoming operational in 2024  —  Taiwan titan warns of softening smartphone and PC demand amid supply chain chaos  —  TAIPEI — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's biggest contract chipmaker …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Activision announces the Ricochet anti-cheating system for Call of Duty: Warzone, which uses a PC kernel-level driver and ML to examine player behavior  —  Activision is cracking down on Call of Duty cheaters  —  Activision and Raven Software are finally cracking down on cheating in Call of Duty: Warzone.
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 …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Facebook says it is expanding its “less political” News Feed test to 75 new countries, for a total of more than 80  —  Facebook is slowly expanding its effort to weed out political content from News Feed.  The company is now testing its “less political” feed in 75 new countries, Facebook said in an update.
Tara Deschamps / Canadian Press:
Up to 70% of Instacart couriers in the US and Canada could walk off the job this weekend, demanding at least a 10% default tip, commissions, and pay by order  —  Canadian and American Instacart workers plan to walk off the job this weekend in a bid to secure better pay and more benefits.
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.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
London-based point of sale provider SumUp acquires Fivestars, which offers loyalty, marketing, payments, and other services to small merchants, for $317M  —  SumUp, a European-based competitor to Square, PayPal/iZettle and others that provide mobile-powered card readers and other sales technology …
Ivan Levingston / Bloomberg:
London-based TradingView, which offers social networking and data analysis tools for financial markets, raises $298M at a $3B valuation led by Tiger Global  —  Financial information platform and social network TradingView Inc. raised $298 million at a $3 billion valuation in a funding round led …
More: CoinDeskThanks:@ivanlevingston
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft agrees to commission an independent human rights review of its law enforcement and government contracts, in response to a shareholder proposal  —  After shareholder proposal, Microsoft to commission independent report on company's contracts.  —  Microsoft Corp. …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Berlin-based Mayd, which aims to deliver medication from small pharmacies in under 30 minutes, raises a €15M seed from 468 Capital and others  —  Berlin-based Mayd has spied an opportunity to build out a medicine delivery platform in Europe which partners with the small-scale pharmacies …
Tage Kene-Okafor / TechCrunch:
Tala, which provides mobile-first financial services in emerging markets, raises a $145M Series E led by Upstart, source says at a $800M+ valuation  —  Tala, an emerging markets digital lender that offers loans between $10 to $500 to consumers and small business owners, has raised $145 million in Series E funding.
More: Forbes
Bloomberg:
Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp, who works as its chief design and creative officer, steps down to join Jony Ive's LoveFrom  —  - Sharp has run Pinterest design and product teams since 2011  — Company is still dealing with discrimination accusations  —  Pinterest Inc. co-founder Evan Sharp …
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:
Outschool, a marketplace for online after-school classes, raises a $110M Series D at a $3B valuation, up from $1.3B in April  —  The fresh $110M Series D brings scale, and some questions  —  In the last 12 months, Outschool, a marketplace for kid-friendly enrichment classes …
Sharon Edelson / Forbes:
Ohi, which offers e-commerce product delivery in under 20 minutes in NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, and LA, raises a $19M Series A led by Palm Drive Capital  —  The e-commerce delivery arms race is as heated as ever, but it's reached a new low in terms of speed.

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