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November 10, 2021, 10:40 PM

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Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
YouTube starts hiding public dislike counts on videos to keep smaller creators from being targeted by dislike attacks, following a test in March  —  Creators will still be able to see how many people disliked their videos  —  YouTube has announced that it'll be hiding public dislike counts on videos across its site, starting today.
Bradley Chambers / 9to5Mac:
Apple unveils Business Essentials for SMBs, with device management, iCloud storage, and more, starting at $2.99 per month per user and launching in spring 2022  —  Apple is introducing a new business offering called Apple Business Essentials that combines device management …
Ben Brody / Protocol:
The US Justice Department sues Uber, alleging the company overcharged riders with disabilities in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act  —  The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday it filed a lawsuit against Uber, alleging the company charged disabled passengers a “wait time” fee when they were slow to enter their rides.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft and Meta partner to integrate Workplace content into Teams and plan to integrate Teams video meetings into Workplace groups by early 2022  —  Microsoft Teams is integrating into Workplace  —  Microsoft is partnering with Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook …
Wall Street Journal:
A look at Elon Musk's preplanned moves for Tesla stock, after it fell 12%+ following his weekend Twitter poll where users voted he should sell 10% of his shares  —  Share disposal comes as the billionaire chief executive exercises a large number of stock options
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Instagram is testing Take a Break, an opt-in feature that reminds users to take a break after 10, 20, or 30 minutes  —  Instagram head Adam Mosseri announced today the comapny has begun testing a new feature this week called “Take a Break” which will allow users to remind themselves …
Silvia Amaro / CNBC:
EU's General Court upholds a €2.42B fine against Google, levied in 2017, for abusing search engine dominance by promoting its own shopping service  —  - Wednesday's verdict can be appealed and taken to the EU's highest court.  — This is not the first time that the EU's General Court …
Ellen Milligan / Bloomberg:
UK's Supreme Court dismisses a lawsuit against Google that sought $4B for allegedly tracking iOS Safari users without their consent between 2011 and 2012  —  - Supreme Court sides with Google in case seeking $4 billion  — Tech giant was accused of breaching its data-collection duties
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Trend Micro report details the activities of hacker-for-hire group Void Balaur, which has targeted US telecom companies and others since the mid-2010s  —  Cyber-security firm Trend Micro has published today a 46-page report detailing the history and activity of a hacker-for-hire group …
Justine Calma / The Verge:
Google launches Project Relate, a beta Android app that English speakers with speech impairments can use as a voice assistant, in the US, NZ, Canada, Australia  —  It builds on Google's Project Euphonia  —  Google launched a beta app today that people with speech impairments can use …
Andrew E. Freedman / Tom's Hardware:
Valve delays Steam Deck from December 2021 to February 2022, citing supply chain issues  —  Valve has notified customers that it is delaying the Steam Deck for two months, pushing it to February 2022.  —  “We're sorry about this,” Valve wrote in emails to customers and on its blog.
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
A look at NYC's growing VC scene as West Coast firms expand their presence, attracted by the congregation of fintech, crypto, and Web3 founders in the city  —  Covering venture capital, software and startups  —  In the 1980s, venture capital firm Sequoia set a tone for the tech investing industry …
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:
Daily, which offers APIs for developers to add video and audio features to apps and websites, raises a $40M Series B, bringing its total funding to $60M  —  We've all embraced video calls, whether it is with our work colleague or our physician, but for developers, it remains a challenge …
More: Daily API and FinSMEs
Kate Park / TechCrunch:
Sandbox VR, which offers VR experiences at a dozen retail locations worldwide, raises a $37M Series B led by a16z, following its $68M Series A in 2019  —  After a challenging year for location-based virtual reality startups due to COVID-19, Sandbox VR, a location-based VR startup …
The Verge:
Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon Spaces XR Developer Platform for AR glasses and full AR headsets, with hardware agnostic APIs, Unreal Engine 4 and Unity support  —  AR as a ‘second screen’ feature or through dedicated headsets and glasses  —  While a lot of talk about the metaverse has focused …
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Twitter will no longer crop photo previews on the web after a similar update on iOS and Android in May, following claims of bias in its auto-cropping algorithm  —  Say goodbye to inaccurate image previews  —  Twitter is dropping the crop on web.  This is the same update …

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