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October 28, 2021, 3:15 PM

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Mark Zuckerberg / About Facebook:
Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook the company is now Meta, to better encompass all of its products  —  We are at the beginning of the next chapter for the internet, and it's the next chapter for our company too.  —  In recent decades, technology has given people the power to connect and express ourselves more naturally.
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Alex Heath / The Verge:
Interview with Mark Zuckerberg on rebranding the company to Meta to avoid the awkwardness of sharing the name of its main app, building the metaverse, and more  —  The company wants to move past the ‘confusion and awkwardness’ of sharing a name with its main app
YouTube:
Video of Facebook Connect 2021, where VR updates, Project Cambria, and a new Meta brand name were announced  —  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.
The Verge:
Facebook announces Presence Platform, with three SDKs to help create mixed reality experiences for the Oculus Quest VR headset  —  Facebook says the Presence Platform ‘will be key to feeling connected in the metaverse’  —  At this year's Facebook Connect, the platform revealed something called …
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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 …
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
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 …
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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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 …
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.
Bloomberg:
GlobalFoundries raises $2.6B in an IPO, selling shares for $47, valuing the company at over $25B, the third biggest US listing in 2021 behind Coupang and Didi  —  - Chipmaker's shares price at top of $42-$47 marketed range  — Mubadala's portion of share sale increased from earlier plan

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