March 15, 2022, 7:55 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft says a Windows 11 File Explorer ad “was not intended to be published externally and was turned off” after a Microsoft MVP found it in the latest build  —  We may still see File Explorer ads in the future  —  Microsoft appears to be testing a new type of ad inside File Explorer on Windows 11.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Google details Stadia plans, including letting developers offer trials, port Unreal Engine and Unity games more easily, and white label cloud gaming services  —  Less friction, more white-labeling  —  Google's Stadia cloud gaming service didn't stick the landing, and it's been a rough ride since.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Ian Allison / CoinDesk:
ConsenSys, which develops and invests in Ethereum projects, announces a $450M Series D led by ParaFi Capital at a $7B valuation and says MetaMask has 30M+ MAUs  —  The hefty Series D more than doubles the firm's previous valuation from November 2021.  —  Ethereum application …
Mia Sato / The Verge:
Several Patreon creators say Vimeo is forcing them to pay thousands of dollars per year for a custom plan, as Vimeo shifts its focus to large corporate clients  —  Popular Patreon creators are being hit with unexpected Vimeo price hikes as Vimeo shifts corporate strategy
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
AMD plans to release the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, the “world's fastest gaming processor”, on April 20 for $449, marking the debut of the company's 3D-stacking V-Cache  —  Along with a new slate of more affordable processors coming April 4th  —  AMD's latest desktop processor …
Aptos, a Layer 1 blockchain built by ex-Meta employees who worked on Diem, raises $200M at a $1B+ valuation led by a16z  —  Facebook's audacious attempt at creating a crypto payments network met an unceremonious end earlier this year when Silvergate Capital acquired the Diem technology assets for $182 million.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
Mark Zuckerberg says NFTs will be coming to Instagram sometime over the next several months, suggests users would be able to mint “within that environment”  —  Love them or hate them, NFTs will soon be coming to Instagram.  Speaking at SXSW, Mark Zuckerberg confirmed …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
The Irish DPC fines Meta €17M for GDPR violations related to 12 personal data breaches that Meta disclosed to the regulator between June 2018 and December 2018  —  Facebook's parent company, Meta, has been fined €17 million (~$18.6M) by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) over a string of historical data breaches.
Kim Mackrael / Wall Street Journal:
The EU approves Amazon's $6.5B MGM acquisition, saying the deal won't reduce competition as their production doesn't overlap and MGM content is not a must-have  —  Regulators conclude deal wouldn't significantly harm competition in Europe  —  European Union antitrust officials gave …
Kate Kaye / Protocol:
The FTC, which has long struggled to combat deceptive data practices, is increasingly forcing companies to delete algorithmic systems built with ill-gotten data  —  The Federal Trade Commission has struggled over the years to find ways to combat deceptive digital data practices using its limited set of enforcement options.
Akeneo, which makes product experience management and product information management software, raises a $135M Series D led by Summit Partners  —  Akeneo, a Nantes, France- and Boston, MA-based provider of product experience management (PXM) and product information management (PIM) solutions, raised $135M in Series D funding.
Analysis: TV shows make up ~75% of Netflix's top 10 lists, the average hit fades after two weeks or less, and Asian hits overlap the least with other markets  —  Nobody in Hollywood knows for sure what works on Netflix.  —  The company releases statistics like “26 million people watched this show in the first 28 days.”

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