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November 12, 2021, 3:30 PM

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Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
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Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
US contract lawyers say remote work surveillance programs that use facial recognition have become widespread in the industry  —  The attorneys worry that if law firms, traditionally the defenders of workers' rights, are turning to the programs, why wouldn't every other business?
Maxwell Strachan / VICE:
Interview with Sam Lessin and YouTuber Marina Mogilko about a $1.7M investment in her, in exchange for 5% of her creator-related earnings for the next 30 years  —  She gets $1.7 million.  Sam Lessin's venture firm gets 5% of her creator earnings for 30 years. “it's def not indentured servitude,” he says.
Robin Sloan / The Society of the Double Dagger:
Web3 notes from a sci-fi writer and “enemy” of the tech: it shows new protocols are still possible, but is expensive, undemocratic, and impedes ephemerality  —  It's possible you have, in recent months, seen people writing with excitement (or curiosity, or consternation) about “Web3”.
Politico:
A look at the relationship between Frances Haugen and the anti-tech lobbying group Reset, which guided her through the complex world of European policymaking  —  As soon as Frances Haugen landed in Europe, she was given the VIP treatment.  She met senior officials in Paris, Berlin and London.
Andrew Perrin / Pew Research Center:
Survey: 16% of US adults, including 43% of men aged 18 to 29, say they have invested in, traded, or used a cryptocurrency  —  The vast majority of U.S. adults have heard at least a little about cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ether, and 16% say they personally have invested in …
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Instagram tests paying $10,000+ bonuses to select Reels creators, as part of a program announced in July  —  Instagram really wants you to post Reels — they'll even pay you up to $10,000 for one, if you're lucky.  —  As TikTok surpasses the 1 billion monthly active users mark …
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Facebook rolls out new shopping features, including Shops in Groups, product recommendations in the News Feed, and a test of Live Shopping for Creators  —  Facebook announced today that it's rolling out new shopping features: Shops in Groups, product recommendations and a test of Live Shopping for Creators.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Google researchers found a watering hole attack in August exploiting a macOS zero-day and targeting Hong Kong pro-democracy sites; Apple patched on September 23  —  “The nature of the activity and targeting is consistent with a government backed actor,” the Google researchers say.

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