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October 18, 2021, 4:05 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Internal documents: Facebook's AI has minimal success enforcing its rules against problematic content, including removing just an estimated 3%-5% of hate speech  —  AI has only minimal success in removing hate speech, violent images and other problem content, according to internal company reports
New York Times:
Internal docs: Instagram spent the majority of its global annual marketing budget since 2018 targeting teenagers, as it worries about losing its user “pipeline”  —  The app, hailed as Facebook's growth engine, has privately wrestled with retaining and engaging teenagers, according to internal documents.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
What to expect from Apple's Unleashed event on Monday: 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with mini-LED, AirPods 3, redesigned Mac mini, and macOS Monterey launch  —  Apple's first fall event of 2021 focused on the iPhone and the Apple Watch, but the second, set to be held on Monday, October 18, is expected to be Mac-centric.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A Mac developer says new MacBook Pro chips named M1 Pro and M1 Max appeared in app logs; sources: MacBook Pros will regain MagSafe and may lose the Touch Bar  —  This is the free version of Power On.  If you like it, consider subscribing to Bloomberg.com—you'll receive this newsletter several hours earlier …
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
Analysis: Apple Search Ads now account for 58% of iOS app installs from an ad click, up from 17% a year ago; Apple to earn $5B from its ads business in FY 2021  —  iPhone maker's share of mobile app advertising market has tripled in six months  —  Apple's advertising business has more than tripled …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Internal document: Netflix estimates Squid Game will create almost $900M in value for the company; 87M viewers finished the series in the first 23 days  —  More than 130 million people have watched the Korean show  —  Netflix estimates that its latest megahit, “Squid Game,” …
Julie Jargon / Wall Street Journal:
Some doctors in the US and other countries say TikTok videos about Tourette syndrome may be contributing to a rise in cases of teen girls with physical tics  —  When teens started turning up in doctors' offices with sudden, severe physical tics, specialists suspected social media …
Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal:
A look at YouTube's in-house creator partnerships team, which has over 1,000 employees across 45 countries offering advice and guidance to about 12,000 creators  —  The site has spent more than a decade building an in-house agency for digital superstars, drawing ad sales, sponsorships and other revenue
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Valve quietly updates Steam's rules to ban games “built on blockchain technology that issue or allow exchange of cryptocurrencies or NFTs”  —  Your move, Epic Games Store  —  Games that use blockchain technology or let users exchange NFTs or cryptocurrencies won't be allowed on Steam …
Cynthia O'Murchu / Financial Times:
Nine UK schools to start taking payments for lunches by scanning students' faces, claiming that the system speeds up queues and is more COVID-safe  —  Advocates say they speed up queues, but privacy campaigners query whether they are necessary  —  Facial recognition computers have found …
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
How the tech used to make giant, ultrahigh-precision mirrors and lenses for the James Webb Space Telescope was repurposed to develop displays for mobile devices  —  To peer deeper than ever into space, NASA needed optics of unprecedented size; the technology to make them was later repurposed …

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