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November 22, 2021, 4:15 PM

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Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
SEC filing: a third party had access to GoDaddy's Managed WordPress hosting from September 6 to November 17, including 1.2M customer numbers and admin passwords  —  In disclosures to the Securities and Exchange Commission, web registrar and hosting company GoDaddy has revealed that it discovered it had been hacked.
Gizmodo:
Gizmodo plans to publish the Facebook Papers in batches, redacting sensitive information with help from NYU, UMass Amherst, Columbia, Marquette, and the ACLU  —  Independent experts from NYU, UMass Amherst, Columbia, Marquette, and the ACLU are partnering with Gizmodo to responsibly publish this historic leak.
Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
Google is rolling out a Messages update that shows iMessage reactions as emojis  —  The latest update to Google Messages prepares for a new way to handle the annoying iMessage reaction messages often seen in mixed group chats.  —  Update: This feature has already begun rolling out for some, allowing us to see it in action.
Tom Matsuda / The Block:
MoonPay, which lets users buy crypto with a credit/debit card, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and more, raises $555M led by Coatue and Tiger Global at a $3.4B valuation  —  Quick Take  — MoonPay has closed a $555 million raise led by Coatue and Tiger Global.  Existing investor Blossom Capital …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Walmart will be the first to test Twitter's livestream shopping platform, with a Cyber Deals live event on November 28  —  Twitter's e-commerce initiatives now include livestream shopping and Walmart will be the first retailer to test the new platform.  Over the past year …
Jeff John Roberts / Decrypt:
Royal, which helps musicians create and sell NFTs, share royalties with fans, and more, raises a $55M Series A led by a16z, following a $16M seed in August  —  NFTs are shaking up the world of art and video games.  But it may be the music business where NFTs (non-fungible tokens) …
Sujeong Lim / Counterpoint Research:
Global Q3 2021 smartwatch shipments: Samsung's share rose to 17% with Galaxy Watch 4 series launch, retaking #2 behind Apple, whose share dropped 10% YoY to 22%  —  - Samsung achieved its highest quarterly shipments with the launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 series, narrowing the gap with Apple.
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Jay Last, a pioneer who founded Fairchild Semiconductor, which laid the technical, financial, and cultural foundation for Silicon Valley, dies at 92  —  He and seven others left the Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory to create their own silicon company, Fairchild Semiconductor …
Anita Ramaswamy / TechCrunch:
Render, which offers cloud-based DevOps tools, raises a $20M Series A led by Addition, following a $4.5M seed in October 2020  —  DevOps cloud platform Render, which won our Disrupt SF 2019 Startup Battlefield, announced today that it closed a $20 million Series A funding round led …
CTech:
The world's fourth-largest retailer and Lidl-owner Schwarz Group buys XM Cyber, which simulates cyberattacks on companies, for $700M to boost its cloud business  —  The Israeli company, founded in 2016 by former Mossad head Tamir Pardo, Noam Erez, and Boaz Gorodiski, has developed a technology …
More: CRN
Washington Post:
Sources and internal docs show Facebook's race-blind policies around hate speech left minorities more likely to see derogatory and racist language on the site  —  Last year, researchers at Facebook showed executives an example of the kind of hate speech circulating on the social network …
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Use of shopping bots that scour retail sites for hard-to-find items soared during the pandemic; one developer is selling such bots for $40 plus a $30/month fee  —  Use of programs that scour retail sites for hard-to-find items has soared since the start of the pandemic
Jennifer Meierhans / BBC:
Spotify removes shuffle play as the default option on albums for premium users, so tracks play in the order artists intended, after Adele requests the change  —  Adele has persuaded Spotify to take the shuffle button off all album pages so tracks play in the artist's own order.
Simon Johnson / Reuters:
Ericsson to buy cloud communications company Vonage for $6.2B, expects the deal to close in the first half of 2022  —  Mobile telecoms equipment maker Ericsson (ERICb.ST) said on Monday it had agreed to buy cloud communications firm Vonage for $6.2 billion.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Nreal Light AR glasses review: relatively affordable with a compact design, but limited app and device support, inconsistent UX, and half-baked mixed reality  —  Through a glass, darkly  —  Nreal has sold me on the appeal of watching TV with a pair of glasses, and I wish I could recommend buying the glasses that did it.
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