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November 22, 2021, 8:46 AM

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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.
Dan Milmo / The Guardian:
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
Adam Minter / Bloomberg:
Apple's Self Service Repair, likely created to ward off regulatory pressure, may increase repairability of its own devices and spur an industry-wide change  —  A new approach to fixing products will benefit consumers, designers and the environment.  —  Years ago, long before the iPhone …
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 …
Michelle F Davis / Bloomberg:
Sword Health, which provides digital physical therapy, raises a $163M Series D at a $2B valuation led by Sapphire Ventures  —  - Valuation is more than 18 times where it was viewed in January  — Founder: One goal is to develop therapies that sidestep opiods

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