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October 28, 2021, 1:50 PM

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Livestream of Facebook Connect 2021, where an Oculus Quest Pro, a new company name, and more are expected  —  Tune in at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET on Thurs.  Oct. 28 when Facebook holds its annual Facebook Connect.  The company is expected to announce Oculus updates and o...
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Facebook unveils Horizon Home social VR spaces, Messenger VR calls, fitness VR, Quest for Business, including Work Accounts support on Quest 2, and more  —  Join gaming leaders online at GamesBeat Summit Next this upcoming November 9-10.  Learn more about what comes next.
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K.G Orphanides / Wired UK:
Review of Raspberry Pi's new $15 Zero 2 W, featuring a 64-bit CPU, 512MB RAM, and WiFi 4: surprisingly powerful and ideal for emulation and automation projects  —  The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is powerful for a computer the size of a matchbox, but get a Pi 4 or Pi 400 if you want a better desktop experience
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple support document says 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro users can turn on “scale to fit below built-in camera” to avoid notch app compatibility issues  —  Apple today shared a new support document that explains how users can ensure that an app's menu bar items do not appear hidden behind …
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Microsoft launches a campaign to help fill 250,000 cybersecurity jobs in the US by 2025, offering scholarships and free curriculum for community colleges  —  Microsoft announced Thursday that it's launching a national campaign to help fill 250,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. by 2025 …
Jacob Silverman / New York Magazine:
While whistleblowing and accountability journalism are useful, only sweeping political changes can limit Facebook's power, which has proven enduring  —  Amid years of ongoing crisis, Facebook in recent weeks has faced the public-relations equivalent of nuclear annihilation.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
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Richard Lawler / The Verge:
Samsung reports Q3 net profit of ~$10.5B, up 31% YoY, on record revenue of ~$63B, up 10% YoY, beating estimates; semiconductor sales nearly doubled to ~$8.5B  —  Credit high demand for chips, foldables, Switch OLED, and the iPhone 13.  —  In 2020, Samsung weathered the pandemic by posting …
Jennifer Ryan / Bloomberg:
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, who earned $154.6M last year, will take a pay cut to $62,500 and forego equity grants until diversity goals are met  —  - Compensation included paying CEO $154.6 million last year  — Company facing sexual harassment and discrimination case
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Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Apple joins Sustainable Semiconductor Technologies and Systems, a program by Belgium-based R&D organization Imec to help reduce environmental impact of chips  —  Apple today announced that it has joined Sustainable Semiconductor Technologies and Systems (SSTS), a new research program launched …
Alexander Osipovich / Wall Street Journal:
Global money laundering watchdog FATF releases guidelines that could force crypto companies to check customers' identities and report suspicious transactions  —  New guidelines could spur more crypto firms to check their customers' identities and report suspicious transactions to regulators
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
The Sequoia Fund announcement shows Sequoia Capital wants to invest and keep long-term positions in SaaS companies with proven business models  —  Two weeks ago, in The Death and Birth of Technological Revolutions,1 I puzzled about exactly where we were in the Age of Information and Telecommunications …
Washington Post:
NYU research suggests Twitter's algorithms promote conservative politicians because they are more likely to be “ratioed”, which Twitter may count as engagement  —  Our research suggests conservative politicians are ‘ratioed’ more often.  That may explain why they're in your timeline.
Bryan Walsh / Axios:
GitHub says as much as 30% of new code on its network is written with its AI tool Copilot, and 50% of developers who tried it since July have kept using it  —  The open-source software developer GitHub says as much as 30% of newly written code on its network is being done with the help of the company's AI programming tool Copilot.
Bloomberg:
Google, Apple, Twitter, Snap, Microsoft, and others form the Catalyze Tech coalition, committing to improve DEI, share demographic data, and more  —  New report underscores importance of sharing data and supporting K-12 computer science education.  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google, Twitter Inc. …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Google says it will roll out e2e encrypted phone calls on Google Fi over the coming weeks  —  But only for calls between two Android phones on Fi  —  In the coming weeks, Google is rolling out end-to-end encrypted phone calls on its Google Fi MVNO, the search giant announced today.
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Hackers steal an estimated $130M from DeFi platform Cream Finance in a flash loan attack; the company lost $37M in Feb. and $29M in Aug. in similar attacks  —  Hackers have stolen an estimated $130 million worth of cryptocurrency assets from Cream Finance, a decentralized finance (DeFi) …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Open-source SQL database developer Yugabyte raises a $188M Series C at a $1.3B valuation led by Sapphire Ventures  —  Today's world is run on data, and the amount of it that is being produced, managed and used to power services is growing by the minute — to the tune of some 79 zettabytes this year, according to one estimate.

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