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November 29, 2021, 3:45 AM

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Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
How “neo-conglomerates” like Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft, and Meta replaced and outgrew industrial conglomerates like GE, Toshiba, and Johnson & Johnson  —  As General Electric and other old-school behemoths break up, Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft and Meta are taking …
Financial Times:
Sources: UK's CMA is expected to block Meta's proposed acquisition of Giphy  —  Move would be the first time the competition watchdog has reversed a Big Tech acquisition  —  The UK competition regulator is expected to block Meta's acquisition of online gif platform Giphy in the coming days …
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
Nextcloud and ~30 other EU companies file an antitrust complaint with the European Commission against Microsoft for bundling OneDrive and Teams with Windows  —  Nextcloud and almost 30 other European companies have filed a complaint about Microsoft's anti-competitive behavior with its OneDrive cloud storage offering.
Les Pounder / Tom's Hardware:
Report: Raspberry Pi Trading hired investment banks Stifel and Liberum to advise on a London IPO planned for this spring that would value it at ~$500M  —  The listing could see Raspberry Pi valued at $500m  —  According to a report in The Telegraph, Raspberry Pi Trading …
Warren P. Strobel / Wall Street Journal:
A look at the challenges spies face with biometrics, smartphones, and surveillance cameras, and how AI sifting through data changes espionage  —  U.S., rivals seek ways to adapt spycraft to a changing world; being on the grid can blow your cover, but so can staying off
New York Times:
Recent cyberattacks on Iran's fuel distribution system and an Israeli LGBTQ dating site show that Iran-Israel cyberwar is impacting civilians on a large scale  —  Iranians couldn't buy gas.  Israelis found their intimate dating details posted online.  The Iran-Israel shadow war is now hitting ordinary citizens.
Adam Rogers / Wired:
A look at efforts to develop brain-computer interfaces, including Musk's Neuralink and a DARPA program to build a 64,000-electrode array for brain implants  —  The idea of a synthetic experience uploaded to the mind has been a sci-fi fantasy forever.  New brain-computer interfaces are making it nonfiction—very slowly.
Stephen Diehl:
Crypto tokens allow venture capitalists to dump their investments on an enthusiastic public without regulation, in the midst of a speculative mania  —  These days I read a lot of cross-disciplinary commentary on the crypto asset bubble, and what strikes me as particularly strange is the sheer level …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Gurman: Apple is still working on a multi-device charger, other short and long-distance wireless chargers, and reverse wireless charging for its devices  —  Despite its failed AirPower experiment a few years ago, Apple is reportedly still working on a multi-device charger for its products.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
UK-based Motorway, a second-hand car auction site used by 4K+ car dealers, raises a $190M Series C at a $1B+ valuation after raising a $67.7M Series B in June  —  It was only in June that Motorway - a U.K. platform on which professional car dealers can bid in an auction for privately owned cars for sale …
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