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November 9, 2021, 1:30 PM

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Jay Peters / The Verge:
Twitter Blue rolls out to the US for $2.99/month with Scroll's ad-free articles across 300+ pubs, an undo button, Nuzzel-like “top articles” roundup, and more  —  And in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, as part of Twitter Blue  —  Twitter Blue, the company's subscription service …
Bloomberg:
Netflix for iOS is rolling out Kids Clips, a TikTok-like feature that shows new daily short videos from its children's library  —  - Company to test ‘Kids Clips’ on iOS in U.S., other countries  — Feature is similar to ‘Fast Laughs’ comedy offering for adults
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils Windows 11 SE, a Chrome OS rival aimed at schools, shipping exclusively on low-cost laptops built for K-8 classrooms later this year  —  Microsoft's latest effort to beat Chromebooks is a little different  —  Microsoft has created a new edition of Windows 11 designed for students and schools.
Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Microsoft announces a $249 11.6" Surface Laptop SE, exclusively for schools and students, running Windows 11 SE, and starting with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage  —  Microsoft's low-end education PC is official!  —  What you need to know  — Microsoft is adding a new laptop to its Surface hardware portfolio.
Pranob Mehrotra / XDA Developers:
Samsung unveils 14nm, 16GB LPDDR5X DRAM chip for mobile devices, claims data transfer speeds of 8.5Gbps, 1.3x faster than LPDDR5 while consuming 20% less power  —  Samsung today announced the world's first LPDDR5 DRAM chip for mobile devices.  The new memory module is fabricated using …
Under the Hood:
Robinhood says an unauthorized party obtained a list of email addresses for ~5M users, full names for another ~2M users, and more info on ~310 others  —  Late in the evening of November 3, we experienced a data security incident.  An unauthorized third party obtained access to a limited amount …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
You.com, an AI-powered open source search engine, launches in beta with $20M in funding led by Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff  —  You.com, which bills itself as the world's first open source search engine, today announced its public beta launch along with $20 million in funding led …
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Unpacking some key aspects of what constitutes a metaverse, such as making and owning virtual property, 3D telepresence in a persistent world, and more  —  Will we all live in the metaverse soon?  Or is the idea just Second Life redux?  —  These days it seems like everybody …
Ashley Gold / Axios:
Bipartisan group of House lawmakers debuts a companion to a Senate bill to require that tech platforms let users turn off algorithmically-driven content  —  A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has introduced a companion to a Senate bill that would let people use algorithm-free versions of tech platforms …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Clubhouse rolls out Replay on iOS and Android, letting users record live rooms and share them as a podcast or a clip on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok  —  Clubhouse hosts and moderators will have a fresh tool in their kit today.  The company is pushing a new feature live on both its iOS …
CNN:
US charges a Ukrainian suspect, arrested in Poland last month, and a Russian citizen over REvil attacks, and says it seized $6M in ransom payments  —  (CNN)Law enforcement officials have seized an estimated $6 million in ransom payments, and the US Justice Department is expected to announce Monday …
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Elizabeth Howcroft / Reuters:
How Christie's and Sotheby's are bringing in crypto-rich NFT buyers; NFTs now account for about 5.5% of contemporary art sales at the world's top auction houses  —  Little could James Christie have known some 240 years ago, as he sold masterpieces by Rembrandt and Rubens to Catherine the Great …
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
PayPal reports Q3 revenue of $6.18B, up 13% YoY, vs $6.23B est., Venmo payment volume up 36% YoY to $60B, says Venmo users can make Amazon purchases next year  —  - PayPal reported a 13% increase in year-over-year revenue for the third quarter.  — The company issued a fourth-quarter forecast …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
OpenWeb, formerly Spot.IM, used by 1,000+ publishers to manage comments and user interactions, raises a $150M Series E with NYT investing, valuing it at $1.1B  —  OpenWeb, a platform used by publishers to manage comments and user interactions, has raised $150 million in a series E financing round …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Jackpocket, an app with 2.5M active users buying lottery tickets in 10 US states, raises a $120M Series D to expand into raffles, social casino games, and more  —  Apps that let people do virtually what they would have previously had to carry out in person have seen a boom in the last 20 months …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Reprise, a service used to create product demonstrations and tours, raises a $62M Series B led by Iconiq Growth  —  Reprise, a platform used by software companies such as Cloudera and ZoomInfo to create product demonstrations and tours, has raised $62 million in a series B round of funding.
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Financial Times:
Helsing, which uses AI to integrate data and create live maps of battlefields, raises €100M from Daniel Ek's European tech investing group  —  Defence start-up will use AI to build live battlefield maps in ‘ethical, responsible and transparent’ way  —  A year after launching …

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