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November 22, 2021, 7:50 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.
VICE:
ConstitutionDAO faces existential questions as a “core team” makes key decisions; high transaction fees mean ~50% of investors may lose the money they put in  —  ConstitutionDAO tried to buy the Constitution.  Now it has a $40 million mess on its hands and entire refunds are being wiped out by high fees.
Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
Google is rolling out a Messages update that shows iMessage reactions as emoji  —  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.
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 …
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 …
Josh Sisco / The Information:
Sources: FTC staff recommended suing Amazon over alleged Ring privacy violations earlier this year and began settlement talks; Lina Khan suspended the effort  —  Federal Trade Commission staffers earlier this year recommended filing a lawsuit against Amazon over alleged privacy …
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Twitter debuts aliases for contributors to its Birdwatch moderation program, so their handles aren't included in notes they leave on users' tweets  —  The program is intended as a method of debunking misinformation on the platform  —  Twitter is introducing aliases for participants …
Rithika Krishna / Reuters:
Uber Eats will let users in Ontario, Canada order cannabis, marking Uber's first foray into weed delivery  —  Uber Technologies Inc (UBER.N) will allow users in Ontario, Canada, to place orders for cannabis on its Uber Eats app, marking the ride-hailing giant's foray into the booming business, a company spokesperson said on Monday.
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.
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) …
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 …
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.
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 …

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