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February 19, 2022, 5:15 PM

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Meta says a global community development head, who spoke about inappropriate communications with a 13 year old in a viral sting video, is no longer an employee  —  Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has confirmed to TechCrunch that Jeren A. Miles, who had been a manager of global community development …
Scott Galloway / No Mercy / No Malice:
How Apple may get to $1T in revenue by 2030, from $366B in 2021, using its hardware expertise, high consumer trust, and capital reserves to enter new markets  —  Round numbers have no inherent meaning — they're a consequence of 10 fingers.  But they provide a benchmark, a way to focus our observations.
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Whistleblower Aid, representing Frances Haugen, files two SEC complaints claiming Meta misled investors about its work to fight misinfo on COVID-19 and climate  —  A pair of new whistleblower complaints filed the with the Securities and Exchange Commission in February allege Facebook misled investors …
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Sources: Better.com is preparing for layoffs that could affect as much as 40% to 50% of staff, as more senior executives depart including its finance VP  —  Things are getting worse at Better.  —  More executives have resigned from Better.com nearly three months after the online mortgage …
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Avi Asher-Schapiro / Thomson Reuters Foundation News:
Internal documents: 400+ Salesforce employees signed an open letter objecting to its NFT plans, including helping other companies create and sell NFTs  —  After Salesforce announced a foray into the NFT market, hundreds of workers revolted, raising environmental and fraud concerns
Ryan Broderick / Garbage Day:
A look at the decline of MySpace, which flailed around for over a year as it was overtaken by Facebook, and parallels with Meta as TikTok surges  —  Read to the end for the anti-NFT anthem  —  I want to open today's email with an apology!!  I wrote about the map-based Wordle game Worldle on Monday and I …
Wired:
A look at Microsoft's AI system in Argentina's Salta province to predict teenage pregnancies, which faced pushback from activists for being invasive and opaque  —  A government leader in Argentina hailed the AI, which was fed invasive data about girls.  The feminist pushback could inform the future of health tech.
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:
Kubecost, whose open source tools help businesses monitor, manage, and optimize Kubernetes spend at scale, raises a $25M Series A led by Coatue Management  —  In the past year, Kubernetes adoption exploded, with over 5.6 million developers using the cloud-native tools — an increase of 67% from the year prior.
Christine Hall / TechCrunch:
Convictional, which offers a one-stop shop for retailers to source, onboard, integrate, and trade with suppliers, raises a $40M Series B led by YC Continuity  —  Retailers have traditionally onboarded their drop-ship, marketplace and wholesale suppliers using electronic data interchange …
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