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November 1, 2021, 10:45 AM

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Zack Zwiezen / Kotaku:
After a three-day outage, Roblox says it is back online  —  According to Roblox's status page, all versions of the game have been down since Oct 28 starting at 7 pm EST  —  Roblox, one of the most popular games in the world, has been down for over a day now and while many frustrated players …
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
Estimate: Apple's iOS App Tracking Transparency policy has cost Snap, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube almost $10B in combined ad revenue in H2 2021  —  Forcing apps to ask for permission to track users for advertising purposes leads to big hit for social media platforms
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Chip shortage hits Apple at the worst possible time ahead of the holidays, and Meta and Apple are set to be smartwatch and mixed reality headset rivals in 2022  —  Apple had seemingly avoided the chip shortage for months, but the company's fortunes have now changed.
Paul Vigna / Wall Street Journal:
Digital Currency Group raises $700M at a $10B+ valuation led by SoftBank's Vision Fund 2 and Latin America Fund, with CapitalG and others participating  —  The Grayscale and CoinDesk owner sells $700 million of shares at a $10 billion valuation, in a funding round led by two SoftBank funds
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Review of new $200 Beats Fit Pro: comfortable with very good active noise cancellation and transparency mode but no wireless charging and little Android support  —  The latest Beats earbuds are the company's best product since the Powerbeats Pro  —  Beats has been busy.
Axios:
NewsWhip: interest in Facebook, measured by social media interactions per article, declined over 2021, with little mainstream attention for “Facebook Papers”  —  The Facebook Papers and whistleblower accounts were a public relations nightmare for Facebook, but so far …
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
Apollo.io, which develops B2B sales intelligence software, raises a $32M Series B led by Tribe Capital, bringing its total funding to $41.3M  —  Business engagement platform provider Apollo.io, officially known as ZenLeads Inc., spelled out its ambitions today after raising $32 million in a new round of funding led by Tribe Capital.
Meg Jones Wall / Wired:
How payment processors hold the power to decide which products and services can be purchased online, as Stripe bans businesses like tarot card reading  —  Payment processing companies decide who is empowered to buy and sell online—and their policies show a gross misunderstanding of metaphysical practitioners.
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Pinterest to launch a shoppable live series called Pinterest TV on November 8, with weekday episodes airing in its app, featuring some of its top creators  —  The series will feature creators and celebrities, like Olympic athlete Tom Daley and popular makeup artist Manny MUA

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