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November 1, 2021, 9:20 AM

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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
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Experts say sourcing chips has almost turned into a lottery amid the global chip shortage, as wait times ballooned to 22 weeks in October  —  Nearly a year into the crisis, some customers are finding it is taking months more than expected to get needed parts
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
In 2018, Oculus' Jason Rubin sent a paper to Facebook executives laying the foundation for Meta's ambitions and detailing the need to own the VR market  —  - In 2018, an Oculus executive named Jason Rubin wrote a 50-page document headlined “The Metaverse” that he sent to a Facebook board member and some top execs.
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Ethan Zuckerman / The Atlantic:
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.
Andrew Tarantola / Engadget:
Facebook AI unveils open source tactile tech, including a robot “skin” and high-resolution robot fingertip sensors, to impart a sense of touch to robots  —  Without a sense of touch, Frankenstein's monster would never have realized that “fire bad” and we would have had an unstoppable reanimated killing machine on our hands.
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
ByteDance limits staff working hours from 10am to 7pm on weekdays, becoming one of the first tech companies in China to officially end its “996” culture  —  - Employees will need to seek permission to work overtime  — China's 996 culture has drawn criticism, government scrutiny

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