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November 9, 2021, 9:55 AM

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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 …
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
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:
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 the LPDDR5 and consumes 20% less power  —  Samsung today announced the world's first LPDDR5 DRAM chip for mobile devices.  The new memory module is fabricated using …
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Ex-Israeli soldiers say the country built a “Facebook for Palestinians” over the last two years to monitor Palestinians through facial recognition tech  —  HEBRON, West Bank — The Israeli military has been conducting a broad surveillance effort in the occupied West Bank …
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Niantic launches Lightship, a platform to build “real-world metaverse” AR iOS and Android apps, and commits $20M to fund companies building AR apps  —  The maker of Pokémon Go wants to power future AR glasses.  —  Niantic is releasing a platform for building what it calls “real-world metaverse” apps.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
AMD touts Meta as a data center chip customer, as it targets Nvidia with new chips like MI200, a family of server accelerators to boost ML and other workloads  —  Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD.O) on Monday said it has won Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O) as a data center chip customer …
Mike Blumenthal / Near Media:
Google appears to be using its Business Profile rebranding to solicit SMB opposition to possible antitrust legislation  —  Google, in an effort to regain control of the antitrust narrative, has brazenly and deceptively enlisted small businesses to argue the company's case.
Meghan Bobrowsky / Wall Street Journal:
Nextdoor closes its first day on the NYSE at $13.01, up 17%, after going public via a SPAC merger which raised $674M and valued it at ~$4.3B  —  Shares of the social-networking platform for local neighborhoods jump 17%  —  Shares in Nextdoor Inc. surged Monday in their first day of trading …
Johana Bhuiyan / The Guardian:
Documents show LAPD's new predictive policing effort is similar to surveillance programs PredPol and Operation Laser that were shut down amid public outcry  —  Documents show how data-driven policing programs reinforced harmful patterns, fueling the over-policing of Black and brown communities
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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