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October 25, 2021, 1:30 PM

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Alex Heath / The Verge:
Internal documents show Facebook is struggling to attract US users under the age of 30, with US teenage users of the Facebook app declining by 13% since 2019  —  The world's largest social network is internally grappling with an existential crisis: an aging user base
Alexandra S. Levine / Politico:
Internal documents show Facebook had no clear playbook for handling the dangerous content delegitimizing the US elections ahead of the January 6 riots  —  Facebook's rules left giant holes for U.S. election falsehoods to metastasize.  On the day of the Capitol riot, employees began pulling levers to try to stave off the peril.
Leah Nylen / Politico:
Internal Facebook docs show employees touted its scale and dominance in presentations, including showing 78% of US adults and nearly all teens use its services  —  Documents collected by whistleblower Frances Haugen could give the company “a lot to regret” in its fights to prove it's not a monopoly.
Emily Birnbaum / Politico:
Bloomberg:
Washington Post:
Sources detail Zuckerberg's decisions putting growth over safety, like censoring “anti-state” posts in Vietnam and opposing a US voting info center in Spanish  —  Late last year, Mark Zuckerberg faced a choice: Comply with demands from Vietnam's ruling Communist Party …
Associated Press:
Facebook docs detail issues with moderating non-English speech, leading to inflammatory language in Afghanistan, bans on common words in Palestine, and more  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As the Gaza war raged and tensions surged across the Middle East last May …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
New York Times:
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft says the Russian-backed Nobelium group, responsible for the SolarWinds hack, is still targeting global IT supply chain with 14 breaches since May 2021  —  Microsoft says the Russian-backed Nobelium threat group behind last year's SolarWinds hack is still targeting the global IT supply chain …
Steven Levy / Wired:
Internal docs reveal farewell posts by some Facebook employees detail disappointment and dissatisfaction with a company unwilling or unable to change  —  The “badge posts” of the company's former researchers offer the parting thoughts of the disillusioned.  —  The Facebook Papers
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
Leaked docs offer a blueprint for solving Facebook's problems: improve products by deprioritizing engagement, reduce AI reliance, focus on developing countries  —  Internal research documents provide a blueprint for solving the company's biggest problems.  —  The Facebook Papers
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
MacBook Pro (2021) hands-on: re-adding ports and removing the Touch Bar is welcome, miniLED display looks great, and 1080p webcam is an improvement  —  New chips, familiar ports, and actual volume buttons — it might be love  —  It's easy to be excited about the new MacBook Pros …
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Pixel 6 Pro review: an impressive flagship with excellent cameras, all day battery, and charging speeds up to 30W, but fingerprint sensor is “not super quick”  —  2016 marked a major year for Google, with the launch of Assistant and its first self-made smartphone, the Google Pixel.
Sam Rutherford / Gizmodo:
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Internal docs: Facebook tested hiding the Like button to alleviate stress and anxiety, which didn't work and caused users to interact with and share fewer posts  —  Likes and shares made the social media site what it is.  Now, company documents show, it's struggling to deal with their effects.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
AirPods (third-gen) review: less conspicuous design, IPX4 water resistance, and improved sound quality, but spatial audio is inconsistent and no ANC  —  The new regular AirPods get a lot right even before the gimmicky spatial audio part  —  For the first time since their introduction in 2016 …
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Citizen Lab: the iPhone of Ben Hubbard, an American reporter for NYT, was hacked in 2020 and 2021, likely by Saudi Arabia using NSO's Pegasus; NSO denies claim  —  Invasive hacking software sold to countries to fight terrorism is easily abused.  Researchers say my phone was hacked twice, probably by Saudi Arabia.
Richard Lawler / The Verge:
Tesla rolls back its FSD beta from version 10.3, which improved many items like brake light and turn signal detection, to 10.2 after “seeing some issues”  —  Elon Musk didn't specify what issues the company found  —  Tesla's decision to test its “Full Self Driving” …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How Frances Haugen maximized the impact of her leaked Facebook documents, rolling them out first to WSJ and then broadening to a large group of outlets  —  In a time of mega-leaks, journalists' sources have become power players.  Frances Haugen, the former Facebook executive who shared company documents …

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