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October 19, 2021, 12:15 PM

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Kif Leswing / CNBC:
MacBook Pro updates show Apple listened to pro users, who never warmed to the Touch Bar or lack of ports  —  - Apple's new MacBook Pro models, announced on Monday, conspicuously lack many of the least popular features from the 2016 design.  — They include ports for connecting cameras and displays …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Apple confirms its 140W charging brick, bundled with the 16-inch MacBook Pro, uses the USB-C PD 3.1 standard and is its first gallium nitride (GaN) charger  —  The charging brick is USB-C PD 3.1 compliant  —  Apple's new 140W charging brick, which works with a new MagSafe charging cable …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple unveils M1 Pro and M1 Max chips for Macs: M1 Pro is 70% faster than M1 and has 2x the graphics performance with a 32GB RAM limit; M1 Max supports 64GB RAM  —  Apple today has officially unveiled the next-generation Apple Silicon chip.  Dubbed the M1 Pro and M1 Max …
Steven Sinofsky / @stevesi:
[Thread] A look at Apple's history with CPUs, from PowerPC to x86 to A-series to M1, and how its vertical integration helped beat Intel, Qualcomm, and others  —  Apple's M1 Pro/Max is the second step in a major change in computing. What might be seen as an evolution from iPhone/ARM is really part of an Apple story that began in 1991 with PowerPC. And what a story of innovation 💡 1/ [Quick thoughts] https://twitter.com/...
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Facebook starts testing its Novi wallet in the US and Guatemala, letting users trade the Paxos Dollar; Coinbase will provide custody services  —  Facebook's Novi wallet is ready to launch - but it won't be launching with the Diem (formerly Libra) stablecoin.
Nikkei Asia:
Sources: Google has asked Pixel 6 suppliers to produce over 7M units, double its entire estimated smartphone shipments last year  —  U.S. tech giant bets it can woo users with in-house chips and security promises  —  TAIPEI — Google has asked suppliers to produce more than 7 million …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
macOS Monterey release candidate reintroduces Safari's old tab design as the default and Monterey's original Safari design as a “Compact” option  —  Apple has admitted defeat on the Safari design changes that have been present for the entire macOS Monterey beta …
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Facebook Portal Go review: portable with decent ~6 hour battery life and good camera tracking, but too few apps and requires a Facebook or WhatsApp account  —  The main selling point of Facebook's line of Portal devices has always been its video chat capabilities.
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
Facebook posts an odd thread attacking 30+ unnamed journalists “finishing up a coordinated series of articles based on thousands of pages of leaked documents”  —  The company decried the use of embargoes to coordinate a coming series of reporting on thousands of pages of leaks, despite regularly using embargoes itself.
Financial Times:
Celsius Network CEO Alex Mashinsky says Tether has issued USDT in return for cryptocurrencies, calling into question Tether's claim that it only accepts USD  —  Stablecoin operator accepts crypto in return for some loans, big customer says  —  A major customer of Tether has said the company lends …
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
An in-depth look at Google's “moonshot” plans to run entirely on clean energy by 2030, going beyond pledges by Apple, Amazon, and others  —  Sundar Pichai wants to head the first giant company run without emissions around the clock.  It will take far more than money to achieve
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Skyflow, which offers a zero-trust repository for customer data, raises a $45M Series B led by Insight Partners, bringing its total funding to $70M  —  The market for corporate data privacy products is heating up, with Skyflow announcing a $45 million Series B this morning, just a day after TripleBlind announced a $24 million round.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Electric, maker of IT infrastructure software for SMBs, raises a $90M Series D led by GGV, says it has 700 customers, 40K end users, 111% ARR growth this year  —  Electric, the IT infrastructure software for SMBs, has been on a tear lately.  The company is today announcing the close of a $90 million Series D financing round.
More: AlleyWatch
Reuters:
Wise reports Q2 revenue of £132.8M, up 25% YoY, as nearly 4M users transferred £18B, up 36% YoY  —  Money transfer company Wise Plc (WISEa.L) said on Tuesday that its revenue was 132.8 million pounds ($182.97 million) in the second quarter, a rise of 25% from the same period last year.
Rob Garver / CoinDesk:
Crypto firms and trade groups have filed over a dozen new disclosures to hire lobbyists in DC since the tax amendment to the US infrastructure bill this summer  —  Facing a head-spinning array of new legislative and regulatory action out of Washington, D.C., the crypto industry is reacting …
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Newfoundland-based CoLab Software, which offers tools for engineering teams, raises a $17M Series A led by Insight Partners  —  Newfoundland-based CoLab Software, which provides a web-based collaboration tool and issue-tracking platform for engineering teams, announced today that it has raised $17 million in Series A funding.
More: BetaKit and PR Newswire
Gabrielle Bikker / App Annie:
YouTube passes $3B in global consumer spending on iOS, ranking third behind Tinder and Netflix  —  YouTube was the #3 overall application of all time by consumer spend  —  YouTube has surpassed $3 billion in consumer spend worldwide as of October 17, 2021 — entirely driven by iOS.
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Wall Street Journal:
Internal documents: Facebook's AI has minimal success enforcing its rules against problematic content, including removing 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

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