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March 9, 2022, 11:00 PM

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Filipe Espósito / 9to5Mac:
Sources: Apple is working on a Mac mini with M2 eight-core CPU and 10-core GPU and a Mac mini with M2 Pro 12-core CPU; M2 chip design will be based on A15  —  Apple this week introduced Mac Studio, which is somewhat based on the Mac mini but with much more powerful hardware - but that doesn't mean it's the end of Mac mini.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Studio Display's A13 Bionic chip, the same SoC that powers the iPhone 11, lets Apple add Center Stage, Spatial Audio, and “Hey Siri” to a desktop monitor  —  The A13 Bionic makes the most of the built-in webcam and speakers  —  Apple's $1,599 Studio Display will be available on March 18th …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Biden signed an executive order directing federal agencies to study the risks posed by digital assets, such as evading sanctions, and consider a digital dollar  —  Cryptocurrency advocates celebrate order while skeptics see it as a step back for regulation  —  WASHINGTON—The price …
On Substack:
Substack launches an iOS app for reading; Android users can join a waitlist  —  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 …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon's board of directors approve a 20-for-1 stock split and Amazon says it plans to buy back up to $10B in shares; stock rises 6% after hours  —  - Amazon on Wednesday announced that the Board of Directors has approved a 20-for-1 stock split.  — The company also said it plans to buy back up to $10 billion worth of shares.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tinder lets US users access background checks via Garbo to screen matches for past violence and abuse; first two searches are free, then $2.50+ each afterward  —  Following last year's investment in the background-check nonprofit Garbo, Match Group today is rolling out Garbo-powered background checks to its flagship dating app Tinder.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Twitter begins rolling out Twitter Shops in beta, letting select US merchants and partners add a virtual storefront with up to 50 items to their profiles on iOS  —  Currently only rolling out for select businesses on iOS  —  Twitter is rolling out a new shopping beta today: Twitter Shops …
Amanda Holpuch / New York Times:
A look at @PayGapApp, a viral Twitter bot created by Francesca Lawson and Ali Fensome, which highlights the gender pay gap data of British companies  —  Britain requires companies with 250 or more employees to report gender pay gap data.  On International Women's Day, one couple used …
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Facebook rolls out 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.
Dana Mattioli / Wall Street Journal:
Bipartisan House Judiciary Committee members ask the DOJ to investigate Amazon and its executives, accusing the company of obstructing Congress' antitrust probe  —  House Judiciary Committee accuses tech giant of withholding information during antitrust probe; Amazon has denied any attempts to mislead
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TikTok launches music distribution platform SoundOn in the US, the UK, Brazil, and Indonesia, letting artists upload music to TikTok, Resso, Spotify, and more  —  TikTok has already achieved massive influence in today's music industry, sending songs that find popularity on the app to the top of the Billboard charts.
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 …
Bloomberg:
SoftBank's Z Holdings plans to launch an NFT marketplace in 180 countries and double its fintech unit PayPay's users to 90M, tapping a five-year ~$4.3B budget  —  SoftBank Group Corp.'s Z Holdings Corp. unit is betting on non-fungible tokens and its PayPay service to drive growth …

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