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March 9, 2022, 12:35 PM

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Andrew Duehren / Wall Street Journal:
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
A deep dive into Apple's M1 Ultra: two M1 Max dies combined into a single chip, 800GB/second memory bandwidth, 64 GPU cores to outperform the RTX 3090, and more  —  As part of Apple's spring “Peek Performance” product event this morning, Apple unveiled the fourth and final member of the M1 family of Apple Silicon SoCs, the M1 Ultra.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Emily Nicolle / Bloomberg:
Two Austrian entrepreneurs acquire the assets of LimeWire, the music sharing service shuttered in 2010, and plan to relaunch it as an NFT marketplace for music  —  A pair of serial entrepreneurs in Austria has bought the rights to defunct music platform LimeWire with plans to revamp its image …
Washington Post:
As Western tech companies react to sanctions on Russia, Twitch streamers, Upwork gig workers, OnlyFans creators, and contract developers lose their livelihoods  —  When Arina, a 22-year-old illustrator in Russia, first started using the freelance work platform Upwork last year, it changed her life.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Facebook announces new features for Group admins, including the ability to automatically decline incoming posts with information marked false by fact checkers  —  Facebook announced today that it's rolling out new features to help Facebook Group administrators keep their communities safe, manage interactions and reduce misinformation.
More: Meta, Engadget, and CNET
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Kuo: the 2022 MacBook Air will have a new form factor, an M1 chip, no mini-LED display, more color options, and is slated for production in late Q2 or Q3 2022  —  Following today's event that saw the introduction of the Mac Studio, respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has provided some detail …
On Substack:
Substack launches an iOS app for reading; Android users can sign up for a waiting list  —  What you read matters  —  Today, we're launching an iOS app for reading.  It's like your email inbox, but better.  —  For readers, the app brings all your Substack subscriptions together in one venue …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Twitter launches a Tor onion service using a modified version of the Enterprise Onion Toolkit, letting users access Twitter via any Tor-compatible browser  —  The site may become the most significant onion service created if it allows people to access Twitter from censored countries.  —  Joseph Cox
Claire Fahy / New York Times:
Weight Watchers agree to pay a $1.5M penalty for illegally collecting personal information from kids without parental consent through its Kurbo app  —  Kurbo by WW, a weight loss app geared toward children, illegally collected data from users as young as 8 without their parents' consent …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Blink, which offers tools to simplify cloud management for companies, raises a $20M Series A and $6M seed and pre-seed led by Lightspeed  —  Blink's co-founders have been working in security and automation for a number of years, and they observed that there was a strong overlap between developer operations …
Monica Chin / The Verge:
Apple debuts Mac Studio, designed like a taller Mac mini, with M1 Max or Ultra, front and back ports, up to 128GB of memory, and support for four 6K displays  —  It's a Mac Mini but way more powerful  —  Apple has announced the Mac Studio, a desktop system that looks like the Mac Mini …
Apple:
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
A bipartisan group of lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee ask the DOJ to investigate Amazon and its executives over obstructing Congress' antitrust probe  —  House Judiciary Committee accuses tech giant of withholding information during antitrust probe; Amazon has denied any attempts to mislead
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Carl Pei's Nothing raises a $70M Series B to create smartphones with Qualcomm and expand in London; the company will host a product event on March 23  —  For Nothing, Mobile World Congress was prelude.  The young hardware startup spent the show in meeting rooms, behind the scenes, discussing what came next.
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Branch, which offers a flexible workforce payments service, raises a $75M Series C led by Addition, following a $48M Series B in August 2021  —  Branch, which aims to power faster payments to contract workers with its technology, has raised $75 million in a Series C funding round that has closed …

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