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October 27, 2021, 2:40 PM

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Jon Porter / The Verge:
Instagram rolls out link stickers to all users, expanding on verified and high-follower accounts  —  They can add links in Stories posts but not your feed  —  Instagram's link stickers, which let you include hyperlinks in Stories in the form of stickers, will now be available to everyone on the platform …
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Internal docs show Netflix tried to minimize public backlash to the film Cuties by stopping it from appearing in some search results and recommendations  —  In September 2020, Netflix was in turmoil as the company battled its most significant PR scandal to date.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Ex-Facebook integrity member says articles on Haugen leaks are based on internal posts and comments, making it hard to assign credibility as names are redacted  —  A former integrity worker on Facebook's internal “posting culture” and why it's easy to misread the Haugen leaks
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google unveils Android 12L update focused on tablets, foldables, and Chromebooks, which tweaks big screen UI layouts, adds a taskbar, more, coming early 2022  —  Android 12L brings tablet-focused features, like a dock and dual-pane interfaces.  —  Have you heard about the new version of Android?
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Amid harassment fallout, Blizzard says it will pause plans for next year's BlizzCon event to focus on supporting its teams and game development  —  Feb. show nixxed in favor of “supporting our teams and progressing development...”  —  Following an online-only BlizzCon earlier this year …
Justine Calma / The Verge:
Microsoft sets a goal to reduce data center water consumption by 95% by 2024, building on broader 2030 climate commitments  —  It's turning to new technology to cool servers without using water  —  Microsoft ramped up its commitments today to conserve water and energy in its data centers …
Nancy Scola / New York Magazine:
Interview with FTC Chair Lina Khan on leading the agency, its regulatory failures and avoiding future missteps, Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, and more  —  Lina Khan was an associate professor at Columbia Law, working remotely from Texas, when she found out that President Joe Biden wanted her on the Federal Trade Commission.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Intel launches its 12th-gen Alder Lake chips, led by the flagship Core i9-12900K CPU with 16 cores for $589, shipping November 4  —  A new era for Intel begins  —  Intel's 12th Gen Alder Lake chips have finally arrived, ushering in a new era of the company's chips, lead by the flagship Core i9-12900K CPU …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC orders China Telecom Americas to stop providing services in the US within 60 days, says the US unit is subject to Chinese government control and influence  —  China Telecom Americas ordered to stop providing service in US within 60 days.  —  The Federal Communications Commission today voted …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: FTC staff are investigating whether Frances Haugen's documents show Facebook violated a 2019 privacy settlement that included a record $5B fine  —  Lawmakers want agency to determine if Facebook engaged in deceptive conduct; company says internal research is mischaracterized
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft reports overall gaming revenue of $3.6B in Q1, up 16% YoY, with hardware revenue up 166% YoY on continued demand for Xbox Series X and S consoles  —  Microsoft's overall cloud revenue has jumped by 31 percent  —  Microsoft posted the first quarter of its 2022 financial results today …
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:
Fellow, which offers meeting management tools, raises a $24M Series A led by Craft Ventures, bringing its total funding to $30.5M  —  As more people venture back into the office, meetings have become more hybrid, with people at both home and in the office.  Fellow aims to help managers …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn launches its freelance services marketplace globally after picking up 2M users in a quietly run US beta, to compete with the likes of Fiverr and Upwork  —  LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned platform for those connecting with others in their fields of work and those looking for work …
More: Engadget
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:
Truepill, which offers telehealth and prescription delivery services, raises a $142M Series D at a $1.6B valuation, bringing its total funding to $256M  —  After developing a network of telehealth, diagnostics and pharmacies for consumers, digital health company Truepill is targeting healthcare incumbents …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Adobe announces Photoshop and Illustrator web apps to improve collaboration, make quick edits, and more  —  Adobe has announced that it's taken “a major step forward for collaboration” by bringing its Photoshop and Illustrator apps to the web.  The idea is not to do let you do complex work from a web page …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Alphabet's “Other Bets” had a Q3 operating loss of $1.29B, up from $1.1B YoY, on revenue of $182M primarily generated by Verily and Fiber, up from $178M YoY  —  Alphabet today announced Q3 2021 earnings with $65.11 billion in revenue.  These numbers range from July to September …

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