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November 5, 2021, 9:40 PM

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Report: Apple and TSMC plan to produce 3nm chips for Macs as soon as 2023, with as many as four dies and up to 40 CPU cores per chip  —  Apple is taking the PC world by storm with its first debut of Apple Silicon chips inside of Macs, taking what it learned from developing the iPhone and iPad …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft fixes Windows 11 features that stopped loading due to an expired certificate, including the Snipping Tool, touch keyboard, and emoji panel  —  Windows 11 features are no longer failing to load  —  Microsoft has fixed several Windows 11 features failing to load after an expired certificate was discovered earlier this week.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources: Meta has discussed opening retail stores globally to showcase devices made by its Reality Labs division, like VR headsets and, eventually, AR glasses  —  The social networking company has discussed opening physical stores to showcase its virtual reality and augmented reality devices.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple says it has identified and fixed a firmware issue with its T2 security chip, which bricked some Macs while upgrading to macOS Monterey  —  macOS Monterey was released to the public last month with new features such as Focus modes, Shortcuts, and more.
Wall Street Journal:
Internal docs: a Facebook well-being team's survey found 12.5% of participants reported compulsive use of Facebook that negatively impacted their lives  —  The app hurts sleep, work, relationships or parenting for about 12.5% of users, who reported they felt Facebook was more of a problem than other social media
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Anton Shilov / Tom's Hardware:
Intel to acquire part of Taiwan-based VIA Technologies' Centaur x86 CPU subsidiary for $125M, including some engineers from VIA's Austin, Texas campus  —  As Intel speeds up development, Via scales it down.  —  Via Technologies announced plans to offload part of its Centaur Technology x86 CPU subsidiary to Intel for $125 million.
Rebecca Bellan / TechCrunch:
Lime raises $523M in convertible debt and term loan financing and says it plans to go public next year  —  Shared electric micromobility giant Lime has closed a $523 million raise in convertible debt and term loan financing, money that Lime CEO Wayne Ting says is the next step on the company's path to going public next year.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google quietly removes Assistant's Your News Update feature, which launched in 2019 to give personalized audio digests based on user data  —  In November of 2019, Google upgraded Assistant's “play me the news” capability with personalized audio digests.  Google Assistant has now removed …
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Ashley Gold / Axios:
Senators Klobuchar and Cotton introduce a bill to regulate Big Tech acquisitions, which would force companies to prove proposed mergers aren't anticompetitive  —  Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tom Cotton (R-AK) introduced a bill Friday that would make it more difficult for Big Tech …
Vishal Singh / Silicon Canals:
Berlin-based Moonfare, which offers a digital private equity investment service, raises a $125M Series C led by Insight Partners, bringing total raised to $185M  —  Berlin-based Moonfare, a digital private equity investment platform that provides access to top-tier private markets investment opportunities …
Harrison Weber / dot.LA:
Bird closes its first day on the NYSE flat at $8.40 per share, after going public via a SPAC merger which valued it ~$2.3B  —  Bird, the Santa Monica-based firm that makes and rents electric scooters, ended its first full day as a publicly traded company with its stock price up by a fraction of a percent at $8.40 per share.

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