Techmeme
November 9, 2021, 7:20 PM

Top News

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 …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Unity to acquire Peter Jackson's visual effects company Weta Digital, including 275+ engineers, for $1.625B; Weta Digital's FTX artists will form a new entity  —  Unity has just announced its intent to acquire Weta Digital, the legendary visual effects company co-founded by Peter Jackson, for a massive $1.625 billion.
New York Times:
By January 19, Meta aims to remove ad targeting options based on user interactions with content about health, race, political affiliation, religion, and more  —  Meta, the social media company formerly known as Facebook, said on Tuesday that it planned to eliminate advertisers' ability …
Ashley Gold / Axios:
Bipartisan House bill would force tech platforms to offer an “input-transparent algorithm” that doesn't require user data to generate recommendations  —  A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has introduced a companion to a Senate bill that would let people use algorithm-free versions …
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Meta shares bullying and harassment numbers for the first time, claims the category represents ~0.14% of Facebook content and ~0.05% of Instagram content  —  The social media giant published several transparency reports on Tuesday.  —  Facebook published a series of reports on Tuesday …
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 …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
iOS 15.2 beta includes the Communication Safety in Messages feature that Apple announced this summer, as an opt-in feature parents can enable  —  Apple over the summer announced new Child Safety features that are aimed at keeping children safer online.  Apple has confirmed that one of those features …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Netflix games arrive on Apple's App Store and users will start being able to access them through Netflix's iOS app tomorrow  —  Last week, Netflix launched its debut lineup of mobile games to Android users globally.  Today, the games are expanding to users on iOS.
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
You.com, an AI-powered open source search engine, launches in beta with $20M in funding led by Salesforce CEO Marc 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 …
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
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 …
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 …

Sponsor Posts

Intel:
Managing a Complex Multi-Cloud Environment Requires a Reliable Ecosystem  —  To avoid vendor lock-in and effectively manage your mission critical workload needs, you need a reliable ecosystem and architecture
MicroAcquire:
New opportunities are waiting for you  —  Join 100,000+ entrepreneurs buying and selling startups on the world's #1 acquisition marketplace.  Expertly curated to match serious buyers with pre-vetted startups of all sizes.
Zoho:
30 minutes is all you need.  Change your business forever this MSME Day!  —  It's time to celebrate!  To all the small and medium business entrepreneurs across the globe - your day is here—MSME Day 2022!
Storyblok:
The only headless CMS with a visual editor  —  Devs get the flexibility to build experiences for any frontend, while content creators need no coding skills to edit content independently.
Techmeme Ride Home:
Wed. 06/29 - Netflix Running Up That Hill
The day's tech news, every day at 5pm ET. Fifteen minutes and you're up to date.
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 7:20 PM ET, November 9, 2021.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Sara Fischer / Axios:
Financial Times:

Earlier Picks

Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
Elizabeth Howcroft / Reuters:
CNN: