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November 13, 2021, 1:35 PM

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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?
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
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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Intel scrapped plans to make silicon wafers at a Chinese factory to ease US chip shortages, after the Biden admin strongly discouraged the proposal  —  - Chipmaker had pitched China investment as way to ease shortage  — Administration seeks to reduce dependence on foreign suppliers
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
How US cities are deploying drones, robots, and AI to more affordably inspect, diagnose, and repair the country's aging sewer infrastructure  —  Cash-strapped U.S. cities are turning to drones, artificial intelligence and other innovations to help inspect and fix the country's aging underground arteries of waste
New York Times:
Telegram could become a powerful vector for lies and vitriol before the 2022 presidential elections in Brazil, where it is installed on 53% of smartphones  —  In a social media ecosystem facing mounting pressure to combat fake news and polarization, Telegram is the most permissive disseminator of content — and disinformation.
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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