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October 26, 2021, 8:30 AM

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Zuckerberg says he's redirected Facebook teams to serve young adults over older users, and that significant changes to Instagram will lean into video and Reels  —  Expect changes to Instagram to highlight Reels  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he's redirected teams within his company to …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook misses on Q3 revenue, $29.01B vs $29.57B expected, and monthly active users, 2.91B vs 2.93B expected, but beat on EPS of $3.22 vs $3.19 expected  —  - Facebook's third-quarter earning report comes as the company faces an onslaught of stories related to its internal research.
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:
Facebook says Q3 ad revenue grew 33% YoY to $28.28B but warns of “continued headwinds” in Q4 due to Apple's ATT changes in iOS  —  The social media giant also expects its “metaverse” investments will reduce operating profits by $10B for FY 2021, as it begins breaking out Facebook Reality Labs as its own business segment
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Washington Post:
Facebook documents show its News Feed algorithm treated emoji reactions as 5x more valuable than Likes starting in 2017, amplifying controversial content  —  Five years ago, Facebook gave its users five new ways to react to a post in their news feed beyond the iconic “like” thumbs-up: “love,” “haha,” “wow,” “sad” and “angry.”
Alex Kantrowitz / Big Technology:
Docs: Facebook tested turning off News Feed ranking for 0.05% of users in Feb. 2018 and found engagement dropped, Groups content rose, and ad views increased  —  New leaked Facebook documents show what happened when Facebook tried to remove feed ranking.  It didn't go well.
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Alex Heath / The Verge:
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:
Apple M1 Pro and Max review: CPU and GPU improvements offer an unparalleled combination of raw performance, unique acceleration, and power efficiency  —  Last week, Apple had unveiled their new generation MacBook Pro laptop series, a new range of flagship devices that bring with them significant updates …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
macOS 12 Monterey review: automation on Mac is revitalized with Shortcuts, Low Power Mode is nice, and it's packed with tons of small tweaks like AirPlay to Mac  —  An iterative update to Big Sur that has a little something for everyone.  —  Big Sur was a landmark release of macOS, in ways both technical and symbolic.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Financial Times:
Sources: Amazon signs a contract with UK's GCHQ, MI5, and MI6 to host top-secret material, with data stored in the UK; the deal is worth £500M-£1B over a decade  —  Cloud contract for GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 with US tech group aims to speed analysis but likely to ignite sovereignty fears
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
A look at the Integrity Institute, a think tank formed by two former Facebook employees that wants to bring together tech integrity workers studying tech misuse  —  Shortly before he left Facebook in October 2019, Jeff Allen published his last report as a data scientist for the company's integrity team …
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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 with SharePlay, iPhone 13 ProRes video capture, a toggle for automatic macro mode, vaccine cards in Wallet, and more  —  Apple today released iOS and iPadOS 15.1, the first major updates to the iOS 15 operating system that was released …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Frances Haugen's documents have been useful to groups opposing Facebook and the press, but reporting should now expand to explore Haugen and her backers' goals  —  At the end of 2019, the group of Facebook employees charged with preventing harms on the network gathered to discuss the year ahead.

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