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November 13, 2021, 5:25 AM

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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.
Helen Partz / Cointelegraph:
AMC Theatres now accepts bitcoin, ether, bitcoin cash, and litecoin for online payments; CEO Adam Aron says dogecoin will be accepted next  —  AMC Theaters now accepts online payments in Bitcoin, Ether, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin, with Dogecoin coming next.  —  279 Total views  —  4 Total shares
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Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
The latest iOS 15.2 beta adds a manual Macro mode toggle to the Camera app on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max  —  The second beta of iOS 15.2 adds a toggle for Macro mode on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max when Auto Macro is disabled in Settings, enabling users …
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?
Chris Stokel-Walker / Wired UK:
Substack touts itself as an alternative to toxic, ad-driven social media, but many of its top earners are polarizing figures who were deplatformed elsewhere  —  The company's CEO says the old way of social media is broken—but is his alternative much different?
Amrith Ramkumar / Wall Street Journal:
Presto, which provides restaurants with food ordering hardware and analytics, is going public via a SPAC merger at a ~$1B valuation  —  Presto is known for its pay-at-table kiosks, tablets and artificial-intelligence tools  —  Restaurant-technology startup Presto is combining …
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Some TikTok users say the app is encouraging them to follow people they know in real life, raising privacy concerns over TikTok's tactics to connect users  —  The social network got huge by ignoring who you know.  That's increasingly no longer the case.  —  Unlike other social apps …
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Tanzeel Akhtar / CoinDesk:
Forte, a blockchain-based gaming infrastructure startup, raises a $725M Series B led by Sea Capital and Kora Management, bringing its total funding to $900M  —  Forte will use the funding, which brings its total capital raised this year to more than $900 million, to expand its products and services.
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.
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”.
Taylor Locke / CNBC:
An overview of Taproot, an upgrade to bitcoin that should make transactions more private and less expensive, and is expected to go live in the coming days  —  Taproot, a highly anticipated upgrade to bitcoin, is expected to go into effect in the coming days at block 709,632 — some sources say it'll go live as soon as Saturday.

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